CBEC Clarification on starting of Validity Period of E-way Bill in the case of a Transporter

CBEC has issued Clarification regarding E-way Bill System, specially that the validity period of e-way bill in the case of transporter starts only after the details in PART-B of FORM GST EWB-01 are updated by him for the first time, as under:

CBEC Press Release dt. 31 March 2018

The e-way Bill System for Inter-State movement of goods across the country is being introduced from 1st April 2018. Few clarifications regarding the new e-way bill system are as follows:

Situation 1

Consider a situation where a consignor is required to move goods from City X to City Z. He appoints Transporter A for movement of his goods. Transporter A moves the goods from City X to City Y. For completing the movement of goods i.e. from City Y to City Z, Transporter A now hands over the goods to Transporter B. Thereafter, the goods are moved to the destination i.e. from City Y to City Z by Transporter B. How would the e-way bill be generated in such situations?

Clarification:- It is clarified that in such a scenario, only one e-way bill would be required. PART-A of FORM GST EWB-01 can be filled by the consignor and then the e-way bill will be assigned by the consignor to Transporter A. Transporter A will fill the vehicle details, etc. in PART-B of FORM GST EWB-01 and will move the goods from City X to City Y.

On reaching City Y, Transporter A will assign the said e-way bill to the Transporter B. Thereafter, Transporter B will be able to update the details of PART-B of FORM GST EWB-01. Transporter B will fill the details of his vehicle and move the goods from City Y to City Z.

Situation 2

Consider a situation where a Consignor hands over his goods for transportation on Friday to transporter. But, the assigned transporter starts the movement of goods on Monday. How would the validity of e-way bill be calculated in such situations? 

Clarification: -It is clarified that the validity period of e-way bill starts only after the details in PART-B of FORM GST EWB-01 are updated by the transporter for the first time.

In the given situation, Consignor can fill the details in PART-A of FORM GST EWB-01 on Friday and handover his goods to the transporter. When the transporter is ready to move the goods, he can fill the PART-B of FORM GST EWB-01, i.e. the assigned transporter can fill the details in PART-B of FORM GST EWB-01 on Monday and the validity period of the e-way bill will start from Monday.

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