Exporters seek clarity on e-way bill on moving goods from Dry to Sea ports

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 15-02-2018        Tweet

NEW DELHI: Exporters have sought clarity from the Government on the functioning of the e-way bill when goods move from dry ports to sea ports for export and when they move between special economic zones within the same State.

Exporters have shot off a letter to the Finance Ministry seeking clarity on a number of issues so as “to avoid problems at a later stage” at a time when the Reserve Bank of India pointed out that the implementation and refund delays under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime seem to have led to working capital constraints for companies, which in turn might have hurt their exports in October 2017.

Days after the Government deferred the roll out of the e-way bill due to technical glitches, exporters asked if any exemption in customs clearance would be given to goods when they move from inland container depots to ports on the lines of such relief given to imports.

A similar leeway has been given to imports when goods move from ports, airports, air cargo complex and land customs stations to an inland container depot or a container freight station. “This may be looked into so as to facilitate exports,” said Ajay Sahai, Director General, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO). Merchant exporters, who procure materials from manufacturers and export in their firm’s name, have cited confusion on the number of e-way bills needed in case an exporter places the order on a supplier who directly dispatches the goods to the port for exports.

Their query is if two bills would be required in such a scenario-—one from supplier to buyer and other from buyer to overseas seller or if one e-way bill with destination to the port will suffice. Under GST rules, electronic way or e-way bill is a document required to be carried by a person in charge of carrying any consignment of goods of value exceeding Rs 50,000 within or outside a State through prior online registration of the consignment.

To generate an e-way bill, the supplier and transporter will have to upload details on the GST Network portal, after which a unique e-way bill number (EBN) will be made available to the supplier, the recipient and the transporter on the common portal. “We would appreciate if these issues are clarified so that exporters may be informed of the same to avoid problems at a later stage,” FIEO said in the letter to the Finance Ministry.