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How E-Way bill will affect supply chain of India’s garment sector?

“Yes, it will definitely impact the business as this will add to the cost and will also complicate business operations, which is already going through a tough time. It will also lead to a lot of wastage of time and one person has to be dedicated to the process of handling the e-way bill. Right now, the market situation is very bad and we are not able to complete targets because of the new taxation scheme. The Government should plan the taxation structure in a better way so that each and every person can take some mileage out of the situation.”

Ashwani Mongia, Bittoo Overseas, Delhi (India)


“So far there is no direct impact; however, the major issue is that if we are getting some embroidery work done from Lucknow or any other small town where the workers do not have internet access or have limited education, we face a problem in creating an e-way bill. Moreover, many a time when the shipment moves at night, we need to have someone dedicated for this job which eventually increases the operational cost. Additionally, when we travel to Delhi or nearby areas with samples which do not yet have any cost involved, what the criteria for an e-way bill will be is not really clear. The problem with state e-way bills is that our factories are located in villages where internet connection is a big problem; in such a scenario what the ideal solution will be poses a serious question. It is a good move in concept, but in a country like ours, where education level and internet connectivity is such a big issue, the success of the e-way bill can definitely be put down as a question mark.”

Ravi Poddar, Cheer Sagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan (India)


“E-way bill-implementation is a good step but will take some time since the industry is already reeling under a lot of pressure due to delayed GST funds, post demonetisation effect and reversal of duties. As compared to all these challenges, e-way bill is not a major issue, but it will take some time for people to understand and implement the same. While it will take some time to settle down, it will increase transparency in systems. It will definitely reduce delivery time and there will be cost savings also as today, every truck on the road has to wait before crossing over into another State. With the e-way bill, these issues will get resolved.”

Avanish Jain, Aakriti Exports, Faridabad, Haryana (India)


“Interstate e-way bills have already made their presence felt and in the State of Haryana, a localised e-way bill has also been created. It is impacting people doing job work as they have less knowledge and education and internet connectivity is a big issue for them. Also, it is very difficult to determine the value of goods being transported, especially in the case of samples. The situation in the market is very tough; GST returns have got delayed and people have been waiting for more than a year for the returns. Payments are blocked, as a result of which vendors are not paid on time and this has resulted in escalation in the cost of raw materials.”

Animesh Saxena, Neetee Clothing, Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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