Welcoming GST, 22 States Abolish Border Checkposts

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| July 4 , 2017 , 09:03 IST

A total of 22 states have so far abolished their check posts ensuring a smooth transition from the previous state specific taxes to the national Goods and Services Tax (GST) which was launched on July 1. Apart from these states, 8 others are on verge of removing their respective checkpoints as well.

The removal of the check posts will save a considerable amount of time and hassle for trucks traveling interstate as they will no longer need to get their consignments and papers checked crossing from one state to another.

Among the states that have removed the checkposts are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

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According to reports, India has more than 650 interstate checkpoints and trucks traveling long distances from manufacturing centres to retail locations face several issues at check posts. The truck queues last for miles, costing time and money for the truckers. Traffic reports also state that the truck travel time is increased by nearly 25% due to the checkpoints.

While the Goods and Services Tax has been cleared by all the states and union territories, Jammu and Kashmir remains the one exception, despite the urging of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The landmark tax reform of GST effectively removes the individual taxes levied by states and departments, consolidating the entire taxation system under one umbrella tax. Under GST, products and services are divided into 4 broad taxation slabs.

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