For providing relief to transporters who have now resumed operation after nationwide lockdown, the CBIC has extended the validity of e-way bills up till June 30. Earlier the extension was made until May 31 for e-way bills expiring between March 20 and April 15 via notification 35 and notification 40.
The measure will provide relief to transporters as because of compliance issues they were not able to move goods.
The CBIC notification reads, "Provided that where an e-way bill has been generated under rule 138 of the Central Goods and Services Tax, 2017 on or before the 24th day of March, 2020 and whose validity has expired on or before the 20th March, 2020, the validity period of such e-way bill shall be deemed to have been extended till the 30th day of June, 2020," adding the notification shall come into force with effect from May 31.
The e-way bills are required for moving goods as per the Goods and Services Tax regime.
"The e-way bill portal does not permit to generate a new e-way bill against the same invoice number. This was causing trouble to transporters whose godowns were locked & material stuck as represented by AITWA from March 25th. Also cases where trucks are stranded enroute without drivers can now be moved to final destination with the expired eway bill," AITWA said.