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E-Way Bill Generation Reaches Second All-Time High in May with 10.32 Crore

Last updated: 21 June 2024

In an unexpected surge, e-way bill generation in India reached 10.32 crore in May, marking the second-highest level since the system's inception. Traditionally, May does not experience significant economic activity, making this increase particularly noteworthy. Analysts attribute the spike to a surge in demand for electronic items and cooling products as temperatures rise.

E-Way Bill Generation Reaches Second All-Time High in May with 10.32 Crore

Consistent Highs and Historical Records

Data from the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) shows that this is the third instance of e-way bills surpassing the 10 crore mark. The all-time high was recorded in March this year with 10.35 crore e-way bills, followed by the previous second-highest of 10.03 crore in October last year. This consistent high level of e-way bill generation is expected to positively influence GST collections.

Understanding E-Way Bills

An e-way bill is an electronic document that must be generated for the movement of goods worth more than ₹50,000, as per Rule 138 of the CGST Rules, 2017. This document serves as evidence that tax has been paid for the transported goods and is mandatory for every registered person involved in the movement of goods.

Trends in E-Way Bill Generation

Since August last year, e-way bill generation has consistently exceeded nine crore, with the exception of November. In the fiscal year 2023-24, seven out of twelve months saw e-way bill generation surpass nine crore, with two of these months exceeding the 10 crore mark. In the last three months - December, January, and February - over 9.5 crore e-way bills were generated each month, with October setting a high record.

Factors Driving the Increase

Several factors contribute to the high e-way bill generation. The integration of e-way bills with e-invoicing and stringent enforcement by moving squads have significantly reduced unorganised movements, bringing more transactions under the GST net. Experts highlight that the increase reflects a notable rise in consumption across various sectors, driven by heightened economic activity. Additionally, the effectiveness of technology-driven scrutiny and compliance mechanisms implemented by regulatory authorities is evident in these figures.

Economic Implications

The sustained growth in e-way bill generation underscores a robust economic environment, with increased demand for transportation and logistics services. This trend is a positive indicator of economic health and suggests that GST collections will continue to benefit from improved compliance and higher consumption levels.

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