A survey released by traders’ body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said while e-commerce is a potential mode of business activity, mandatory GST registration for selling goods online is a major deterrent for small businesses. According to CAIT, which represents around 8 crore traders across about 40,000 trade associations, the online survey was conducted by its research arm CAIT Research Trade Development Society (CRTDS) and received 630 responses from 21 cities in 24 states.72 per cent respondents believed e-commerce is a significant channel for business but 66 per cent said GST registration is a big hurdle. GST registration has been mandatory for businesses looking to sell goods via e-commerce even as offline businesses with up to Rs 40 lakh annual turnover are exempted from GST.