Govt plans to introduce direct delivery scheme at inland container depots

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Jun 24, 2018

Mumbai: Buoyed by the success of the direct port delivery (DPD) scheme introduced at seaports, the Government proposes to implement a similar concept at inland container depots (ICDs) or dry ports to cut time and costs for cargo imported in containers.

Under DPD, import containers are delivered directly to pre-approved clients at the port instead of waiting at a container freight station (CFS) located outside for clearance, which reduces cargo dwell time and costs for shippers. DPD was first implemented in the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India’s biggest container gateway, and later extended to all the gateway ports, including Chennai Port and privately-run Mundra port.

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E-way bill: Transporters can now use common enrolment number across multiple States

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Jun 20, 2018

New Delhi: To help the logistics industry comply with e-way bill requirements with ease, the Finance Ministry has announced new rules for transporters running businesses in multiple States.

The Central Goods and Services Tax (Sixth Amendment) Rules, 2018, which came into effect on June 19, prescribes: “A transporter who is registered in more than one State or Union Territory having the same Permanent Account Number, may apply for a unique common enrolment number by submitting the details in FORM GST ENR-02 using any one of his Goods and Services Tax Identification Numbers, and upon validation of the details furnished, a unique common enrolment number shall be generated and communicated to the said transporter.”

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Intra-state e-way bill rolled out in five states from Sunday

Source: Business Standard, Apr 16, 2018

E-way bill requirement for intra-state movement of goods has been rolled out in five states from Sunday.

The bill for inter-state movement of goods valued over Rs 50,000 was rolled out on April 1. The Goods and Services Council had decided on a staggered roll out of intra-state e-way bill starting with five states — Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala.

From midnight till 5 pm on Sunday, about 0.24 million e-way bill (both inter state and intra-state) was generated on the portal, an official said.

The official said there was not much increase in the generation of bill on Sunday on account of intra-state roll out.

On the day of inter-state roll out of e-way bill on April 1, about 0.28 million such bills were generated in 24 hours.

The official said one reason for not much increase in the number could be because Gujarat has mandated e-way bill for intra-state movement for only 19 items. These items include edible oil, oil cakes, ceramic tiles, iron and steel, processed tobacco, gutkha, cigarette, cement, timber products, tea, marble and granite.

Since the roll out of e-way bill for inter-state movement of goods from April 1, more than 9.1 million bills have been generated till Saturday. Karnataka is the only state which had rolled out e-way bill system for intra-state movement of goods from April 1.

Touted as an anti-evasion measure and would help boost tax collections by clamping down on trade that currently happens on cash basis, the e-way bill provision of the goods and services tax (GST) was first introduced on February 1.

However, its implementation was put on hold after the system developed glitches in generating permits. With several states also starting to generate intra-state e-way bills on the portal, the system developed a snag.Since then, the platform has been made more robust so that it can handle load of as many as 75 lakh inter-state e-way bills daily without any glitch.

 

Intra-state e-way bill for movement of goods to roll out in 5 states from April 15

Source: Financial Express, Apr 10, 2018

New Delhi: E-way bill for movement of goods within the state will be rolled out from April 15, starting with 5 states including Gujarat, UP and Kerala. From April 1, the government had launched the electronic-way or e-way bill system for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another. The same for intra, or within the state movement, will be rolled out from April 15, finance ministry said in a statement. The five states which would form part of the first phase are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. “With the roll-out of e-way bill system in these states, it is expected that trade and industry will be further facilitated insofar as the transport of goods is concerned, thereby eventually paving the way for a nation-wide single e-way bill system,” the ministry said.

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E-way bill must for intra-state goods movement from June 1

Source: The Economic Times, Mar 06, 2018

NEW DELHI: All states shall have to compulsorily implement the national e-way bill system for intra-state movement of goods by June 1, the government said on Tuesday.

“As per the decision of the GST Council, the states may choose any date before June 1 for implementing the national e-way bill system for intra-state movement of goods… but all states shall implement it latest by June 1,” Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

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Teething troubles likely in e-way bill roll-out

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Jan 30, 2018

New Delhi: With the voluntary e-way bill mechanism getting underway and several States readying for roll out of e-way bill for intra-State movement, industry players say they expect initial teething challenges as faced during the GST roll-out.

E-way bills are electronic data of receipts generated during transactions between buyers and sellers that involve transporters. They are aimed at doing away with physical checking by State government officials, with an aim to improve efficiency in movement and widen tax revenue by preventing possible under invoicing.

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India’s air traffic doubles to 117 million passengers in 6 years

Source: LiveMint.com, Jan 24, 2018

New Delhi: India’s domestic air traffic nearly doubled to 117 million passengers in 2017 with 100 flights taking off every hour compared with 67 in 2011, data released by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday showed.

India’s airlines flew 117.18 million passengers in 2017 compared with 59.87 million in 2011. They also registered an 18% growth over the 99.88 million passengers who flew in 2016.

Going forward, the feat of doubling air traffic at the same rate will be difficult, an industry analyst who did not want to be named said.“It will take a longer time because growth will be hampered by infrastructure issues. Plus, overall costs have gone up in the past decade,” he said.

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