Stringent norms related to e-way bill are affecting the Rs 22,000 crore express delivery operators in the country. The sector employs over 16 lakh people directly and indirectly. Vijay Kumar, COO, Express Industry Council of India (EICI) said the processes followed by express operators are complex than normal transporters. EICI has made representations to the government to address the sector’s concerns. EICI represents 30-40 organised express operators including Fedex, DTDC and Blue Dart.
The GST e-way bill system is likely to be integrated with NHAI’s FASTag mechanism from April to help track movement of goods and check GST evasion. “It has come to our notice that some transporters are doing multiple trips by generating a single e-way bill. Integration of e-way bill with FASTag would help find the location of the vehicle and when and how many times it has crossed NHAI’s toll plazas,” the official said.
Now businesses which have not filed GST returns for two consecutive tax periods will not be able to generate eway bill. The move is aimed to improve GST compliance by registered business units who are not filing regular returns. Nearly 30% of eligible taxpayers continue to fail to file summary return GSTR-3B by the deadline, which is set on the 20th of every month.