Do you transport goods within your state or across different states in India? To comply with the GST law, you will need a new electronic document in order to transport your goods – the e-Way Bill.
What is an e-Way bill?
An e-Way bill is an electronic document which contains details of the supplier and the transporter for a shipment. This document should be generated for any supply, as well as under certain other conditions.
“Why do I have to create an e-Way bill when I already have an invoice for all the goods being transported?” you might ask. It’s a good question. The e-Way bill was introduced mainly to track the proper movement of goods being transported across India, and also to reduce tax evasion.
Whenever you want to ship items, you will have to create both your regular document (such as an invoice) and also an e-Way bill for the items to be shipped.
The e-Way bill is divided into two parts:
- Part A – Details of the recipient, the required document and the transporter
- Part B – Details of the transport vehicle
Normally, to transport goods that require an e-Way bill, you will need to:
Create an invoice for the items you’re going to ship
Upload the invoice/credit note details to the EWB portal
Generate an e-Way bill for the items
How can Zoho Books help you with the e-Way bill?
With Zoho Books, you can compress all of the steps required for generating an e-way bill into one single step: generating your e-Way bill directly from Zoho Books.
Every time you create an invoice in Zoho Books for goods to be shipped, you can add the e-Way bill details and generate the corresponding e-Way bill. These details will then be directly synced with the EWB portal.
To ship goods requiring an e-Way bill through Zoho Books, you simply register Zoho Corporation as your GST Suvidha Provider and create an invoice in Zoho Books for the items to be shipped. Then you can add your e-Way bill details and generate your e-Way bill.
And voila! Your e-Way bill details will automatically be synced with the EWB portal. Learn more about generating e-Way bills directly from Zoho Books.
Want to do it yourself?
If you prefer a more hands-on approach, there’s a way to manually generate and upload your e-Way bills in Zoho Books as well. Here’s how it works:
Create all the necessary documents (such as invoices and credit notes) required for the transport of your goods.
Export all these documents from Zoho Books in JSON or XLS format.
Import them into the EWB portal.
Once you’ve done so, the corresponding e-Way bills will be generated. Learn how you can manually generate e-Way bills.
Learn more about how to generate, export, upload, and sync e-Way bills in Zoho Books. To learn more about the GST law’s e-Way bill requirements, including updates by state, check out our e-Way bill guide. If you have questions about e-Way bills or GST in general, our GST FAQ can help.