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GST compliances for Goods transport agency


Goods transport agencies are the backbone of the Indian Industry. Here we have compiled the full list of compliances for Goods transport agency.

What is GTA?

A GTA or a goods transport agency means transporters. They move the goods from one place to another place. But to be precise let us look at how it is defined in the GST law. 

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Exemptions to Goods transport agencies from GST

There are some exemptions for Goods transport agency in GST. These exemptions are given in notification no. 12/2017. – – Transportation of the following materials is exempted from GST.

GST compliances for Goods transport agency: exempted goods

  • In case of a single load bill up to Rs. 1500 and in case of multiple loads bill up to Rs. 750 is also exempted. 
  • Services provided to an unregistered person other than the following are also exempted.

GST compliances for Goods transport agency : unregistered exempt

Rate of tax on services by Goods transport agency (GTA) in reverse charge 

The services of GTA are covered in reverse charge in GST. It means that in this case the recipient of services is required to pay the tax instead of the supplier of services. Thus a GTA is not required to pay tax. 

The rate of tax in RCM on GTA services by 5%. The recipient can pay the tax and claim its ITC. In this case, the goods transport agency will not be able to claim input tax credit.

Rate of tax on services by Goods transport agency(GTA) in forward charge:

GTA is also allowed to pay in forward charge. In this case, the recipient will not be liable to pay GST in reverse charge.

The rate of tax for forward charge tax payment by a GTA is 12%. But they can adjust ITC, which is tax paid on purchases in this case. 

GST compliances for Goods transport agency:

Invoice for each load: A GTA is required to raise an invoice for each supply. The invoice shall be serially numbered. The invoice number cant repeat during the year in a single series. Although the taxpayer can keep various series.


They are required to file the following returns:

  • GSTR 1: It can be filed monthly or quarterly. Although monthly filing is more recommended. It helps in reflecting on ITC in 2A of the recipient. They can take ITC monthly. In the case of a quarterly return, they will have to wait for the filing of the quarter. Some recipients may avoid buying in this case. In GSTR 1 they need to click on reverse charge in case of RCM invoices.
  • GSTR 3b: Monthly GSTR 3b is required to be filed by the goods transport agency. 
    • Supply, where the tax is charged in FCM, will be shown in table 3.1 (Domestic only)
    • Where the tax is paid by the recipient in RCM then they may fill it in exempt or may reflect it in GSTR 1 only.

This article is compiled for common compliances by GTA. Once the new return of GST will be applicable. These compliance will change.



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CA Shaifaly Girdharwal is a GST consultant, Author, Trainer and a famous You tuber. She has taken many seminars on various topics of GST. She is Partner at Ashu Dalmia & Associates and heading the Indirect Tax department. She has authored a book on GST published by Taxmann.

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