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E-Way Bill Unblocking

E-Way bill is the evidence for transporting goods from one place to another place within India. An e-Way bill is connected to a Goods and Service Tax Identification Number (GSTIN). Every GST-registered person should generate e-Way bills containing the details of the goods, consignee, and transportation details. It is mandatory to raise e-Way bills while sending goods of value more than Rs 50,000.

Reasons For E-Way Bill Blocking

Every GST-registered person should file monthly or quarterly returns regularly as applicable. GSTR 3B is the return for paying your output GST liability after setting off the input credit. If a taxpayer fails to file GSTR 3B return consecutively for 2 or more months, the GSTN will be blocked for e-Way bill generation.

The taxpayer will get notified about the consequences of failure to furnish the returns. He or she should respond to the notice within the validity period. If no response is received, the e-Way bill generation will get blocked.

Impact Of E-Way Bill Blocking

A registered taxpayer cannot transport goods to customers without an e-Way bill.He cannot also receive or accept goods sent by another registered taxpayer.The business comes to a standstill and the taxpayer will not be able to do any sales and purchases.

Knowing E-Way Bill Blockage

When the taxpayer logs into the e-Way bill portal for subsequent e-Way bill generation or bulk generation, he gets a notification that the relevant GSTIN has not filed GSTR 3B for 2 months, the GSTIN is blocked for e-Way bill generation as a consignor or consignee.

Any other taxpayer or transporter who tries to generate an e-Way bill for the blocked GSTIN also gets a similar notification message.

How To Unblock The E-Way Bill Generation?

The defaulted taxpayer has to file GSTR 3B for the default period. Once the returns are filed, the e-Way bill generation facility is unblocked within a day of filing. If the status is not updated, try the following steps to update the return filing status.

  • Visit the official e-Way bill portal.
  • On the top menu, click on “Search” and then “Update Block Status”.
  • Provide your GSTIN and the captcha.
  • A table with the current block or unblock status will be displayed.
  • Click on “Update unblock status from GST portal”.
  • This will update the e-Way bill portal with the current filing status of the GSTIN.
  • If the filing is not updated, contact the GST network helpline and resolve the issue.

Apply Online Through EWB - 05

  • You can apply directly to the jurisdictional assessing officer via the online application EWB - 05.
  • Log in to the official GST portal.
  • Select “Services” “User Services” and “My Applications”.
  • Select “Application for unblocking of the e-Way bill” under “Application Type”.
  • Click on “New Application”.
  • Provide the expected date of filing GSTR 3B and the appropriate reason for unblocking.
  • Upload relevant documents (maximum of 4 documents), check the box for verification, and click “Proceed”.
  • On the submission page, click on “Submit with DSC” if you are using a digital signature.
  • Click on the already registered digital signature certificate and sign.
  • If you want to use Electronic Verification Code (EVC), click on “Submit with EVC”.
  • Key in the OTP from your registered mobile number and validate.
  • The acknowledgement with the Application Reference Number (ARN) is generated. You can download a copy of the application filed. An intimation is also sent to the registered mobile number and email id.
  • The taxpayer is provided a personal hearing option by the officer and a decision is taken after that.

You can check the status of the application by viewing your application under “User Services”.

Application Statuses

Order Generation Enqueue - Pending

Order of Acceptance Issued - Unblocking accepted

Order of Rejection Issued - Unblocking rejected

Already Unblocked- Dropped – The GSTIN is already unblocked or rejected

Pending with the Tax Officer

Personal Hearing Notice Issued

Reply to Personal Hearing Filed

Duration To Get E-Way Bill Generation Unblocked

The e-Way bill unblocking is valid until the period provided by the jurisdictional assessing officer in the unblock order. If the taxpayer moves out from the defaulters list after the expiry of the unblock validity period, he can continue to generate the e-Way bills. If he still continues to default in filing returns, the e-Way bill generation will again get blocked after the validity period.

The Government provided relaxation during pandemic period for blocking of e-Way bill due to non-filing of GST returns during April to June 2021. E-Way bill generation is essential for smooth movement of transport of goods. The GST returns are also auto-populated from the e-Way bill system. Hence it is important to file the GST returns on time continuously to have a hassle free movement of goods.

FAQs of E-Way Bill Unblocking

1. How to know that my e-Way bill generation is blocked?

You will get a notification in your registered mobile number and email id that your e-Way bill generation is blocked. You can also know it when you try to generate a new e-Way bill.

2. Can my consignee raise an e-Way bill if mine is blocked?

No. When e-Way bill generation is blocked for a particular GSTIN, no party can raise an e-Way bill against it.

3. What is the duration within which I should file the GST returns for unblocking e-Way bills?

The returns for the default period should be filed within the period allowed by the unblock acceptance order.

4. Can I ship my goods without an e-Way bill until unblocking?

No. A GST registered taxpayer cannot make any shipment value exceeding Rs 50,000 without an e-Way bill. This will attract a penalty of Rs 10,000 or tax evaded whichever is higher. The goods are likely to be confiscated by the departmental authorities.

5. What is the impact on goods in transit if my e-Way bill generation is blocked?

The goods in transit for which e-Way bill is already generated before blocking does not get affected. It has an impact on subsequent shipments.

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