09.03.2023: E-way bill generation dipped to 3-month low in February, GST collection may be impacted in March

E-way bill generation in February dropped to a three-month low of over 8.18 crore. It was over 8.24 crore and 8.41 crore in January and December.

Technically, data for February are for 28 days while preceding two (January and December) months’ total numbers are for 31 days. However, during fiscal year 2021-22, number of e-way bill generated in December was 7.16 crore which dropped to 6.88 crore in January but rose to 6.91 crore in February.

An indication

E-way bill generation of a month gives an indication about GST collection in next month. This means, lesser number of e-way bills in February may end in lower collection. However, some experts say e-way bill generation is not directly linked to revenue collection.

E-way bill is an electronic document generated on a portal evidencing movement of goods. As per Rule 138 of the CGST Rules, 2017, every registered person who causes movement of goods (which may not necessarily be on account of supply) of consignment value more than ₹50,000 is required to generate the e-way bill. This needs to be generated by the consignor or consignee himself if the transportation is being done in own/hired conveyance or by railways by air or by vessel.

Festival push

GST collection, during 12-month period of March 2022 and February 2023, has been ₹1.40-lakh crore or more every month. In fact, April 2022 saw all time high collection of ₹1.68-lakh crore while second highest collection was ₹1.56-lakh crore plus in January this year. Now, the government expect over ₹1.50-lakh crore plus in coming months.

Source: The Hindu Business Line 

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