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INDIA: New e-Waybill Requirement Waived for Transportation of Overseas Cargo Prior to Customs Clearance

The newly mandated rule requiring goods to be registered online prior to their transportation within India will be given a waiver if the overseas cargo is moved between an international port of entry and an inland container terminal. However, once cleared by customs and deemed to have entered the territory of India, all imported cargo will be subject to the electronic waybill (e-waybill) requirement.

Under the terms of the new e-waybill regulation, businesses will have to register online all goods valued at more than INR50,000 (US$776) prior to their movement over distances of more than 10km, with the exception of certain essential commodities. The new e waybill rule will take effect from 1 February 2018 and initially affect the movement of goods between two or more Indian states, before it is applied nationwide by 1 June 2018 on all transportation including intra-state movement.

The new e-waybill requirement will allow the authorities to track the movement of goods between any two points located more than 10km apart and help reduce tax evasion following the implementation of India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST), allowing them to intercept goods and verify their e-way bill status in cases of suspected GST evasion.

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