In our previous blog, we understood all about the other modes of e-way bill generation i.e. SMS, Android and Transporter modes and how to go about registering for each of these modes. Of these, the SMS mode is bound to have the maximum number of users, as it is meant for small tax payers who may not have IT systems, but still may have a large number of transactions which require e-way generation in a single day. It is also a ready solution for emergency cases, for instance, if you ever need to cause urgent movement of goods at night, from the comforts of your home, rather than logging into the web based e-way bill portal. Thus, it is important for such a user to be aware about how to generate, update and cancel e-way bills in SMS mode. Now that we have already understood in our previous blog about how you can register for the SMS mode, we will spend time over the next few blogs, to understand the main functionalities i.e. to update, cancel and generate e-way bill via SMS mode.

Generate e-way bill via SMS mode – For Businesses

In case you are a registered business who wants to generate e-way bill via SMS mode, you will need to send the following SMS request:

EWBG / TranType / RecGSTIN/ DelPinCode / InvNo / InvDate / TotalValue / HSNCode / ApprDist / Vehicle

Note: There should be one space gap between every two parameters in the SMS, represented above with “/”

Before we proceed, let us understand, what each of these parameters stand for, along with the values that are permitted for each parameter (specified in brackets):

  • EWBGE-way bill Generation for Registered Businesses (Fixed value)
  • TranType – Transaction Type (Value will depend on the type of transaction as listed below)
    • OSUP – Outward Supply
    • OEXP – Outward Export
    • OJOB – Outward Job Work
    • OSCD – Outward SKD / CKD
    • ORNK – Outward Recipient Not Known
    • OFOU – Outward For Own Use
    • OEOF – Outward Exhibitions & Fairs
    • OLNS – Outward Line Sales
    • OOTH – Outward Others
    • ISUP – Inward Supply
    • IIMP – Inward Import
    • ISCD – Inward SKD/CKD
    • IJWR – Inward Job Work Returns
    • ISLR – Inward Sales Returns
    • IEOF – Inward Exhibitions & Fairs
    • IOTH – Inward Others
  • RecGSTIN – Recipient’s GSTIN or URP if he/she is an unregistered person (15 digits or URP)
  • DelPinCode – PIN Code of the place of delivery as per the invoice (6 digits)
  • InvNo – Invoice / Bill number (Maximum of 15 characters which may be alphanumeric with “-“ and “/” being the only permitted special characters)
  • InvDate – Invoice / Bill date (In DD/MM/YYYY format)
  • TotalValue – Total Invoice / Bill value (Maximum of 15 digits with 2 decimal places)
  • HSN Code HSN Code (At least 2 digits)
  • ApprDist – Approximate Distance in KMs (Numeric)
  • Vehicle – Vehicle number which will carry the goods (AB12AB1234 / AB12A1234 / AB121234 / ABC1234 format)

The SMS will need to be sent to the registered mobile number of the State from which you are operating. For instance, all taxpayers in Karnataka will be sending the SMS to 97319 79899. Similarly, each State will have a specified contact number for SMS mode.

Let us complete our understanding by means of an example:

Prabhas Traders of Bangalore, Karnataka wants to deliver goods worth INR 75,000, bearing HSN Code 1001, against an invoice no. 546, dated 1st April, 2018 to Shiva & Co. at Nanjangud, Karnataka (GSTIN; 29AABCX0892K1ZK), via vehicle number KA 12 AB 1234 covering a distance of 170 KM.

The SMS to be typed in by Mr. Prabhas will be:

“EWBG OSUP 29AABCX0892K1ZK 571301 546 01/04/2018 75000.00 1001 170 KA12AB1234”

He will send this SMS to 97319 79899, as specified for Karnataka. If all is in order, he will receive the following a confirmation message:

“E-way bill generated successfully. E-Way Bill No: 171000000144 and date is 01/04/2018.”

Now that we have understood all about generating e-way bill via SMS mode, we will go through the process to be followed by transporters to generate e-way bill using the SMS mode, in our next blog.

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Pramit Pratim Ghosh

Author: Pramit Pratim Ghosh

Pramit, who has been with Tally since May 2012, is an integral part of the digital content team. As a member of Tally’s GST centre of excellence, he has written blogs on GST law, impact and opinions - for customer, tax practitioner and student audiences, as well as on generic themes such as - automation, accounting, inventory, business efficiency - for business owners.