A 15-day trial for nationwide e-way bill system that began on January 16 end yesterday. With this, from today, new e-way bill system will come into effect. Under the new system, every transporters will have to carry a system-generated bill to move goods from one place to another. These bills can be generated from the GSTN portal. The e-way bill system was introduced to bring uniformity across the states for seamless inter-state movement of goods.
The system was to be implemented earlier, but couldn't be done as the required IT infrastructure wasn't in place. Last month, the GST Council decided to implement the e-way bill mechanism throughout the country from February 1. In a notification, the GSTN informed the transporters that E-way bill would become mandatory for inter-state movements of goods from February 1, 2018. It further said that the nationwide e-way bill system would be ready to be rolled out on a trial basis by January 16.
Ahead of the trials on e-way bill generation, GST Network CEO Prakash Kumar explained the system's preparedness and infrastructure capabilities to handle the transition. He said that the e-way bill system is designed to handle around 50 lakhs e-way bills per day. The GSTN expects 10 lakh bills for interstate and 35-40 lakh bills for intra-state. The software for the new system has been developed by the government's premier science and technology organisation: National Informatics Centre. While, the GSTN owns the software, it will be run and operated by the NIC.