Information

IEC Code is unique 10 digit code issued by DGFT – Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Government of India to the applicants to allow the cross boarder business from India. It is a centralized registration with the life time validity. To import or export in India, IEC Code is mandatory. No person or entity shall make any Import or Export without IEC Code Number. It must be disclosed before accepting the imports or processing the exports from India as part of business activity or any transaction in relation thereto.

IEC is the first requirement before you start an import/ export business in India. The IEC issued is valid for all the branches or factories of the importer/exporter, as the case may be.

IEC is not required under the following circumstances:

  1. Import/export of goods for personal use, which is not connected with trade, manufacture or agriculture.
  2. Import/export by government ministries and departments, and certain notified charitable organizations.

Features of Import Export Code Registration :-

  1. Primary proof for a applicant as an Importer/ Exporter in India
  2. Permanent Registration as Life time validity
  3. No Periodical Returns & Annual Fees
  4. Easy documentation & simple registration process
  5. Obtain benefits in respect of their export and import from customs, DGFT, Export Promotion Council etc

Documents Required :-

Type of Applicant Individual / Partner / Director Partnership Firm Company
PAN Card
Aadhar Card / Voter's ID / Passport Copy / Driving Licences
Electricity Bill / Telephone Bill / Mobile Bill / Bank Statement
(Not older than 2 months)
Lease Deed / Rent Agreement with latest rent receipts (If Rented)
NOC from owner with ID & Address Proof (If Rented)
List of Directors / Partners
Passport Size Photograph
MOA / AOA / Partnership Deed
Bank Certificate / Pre-printed Cancelled Cheque

Process Flow of Import Export Code Registration :-

  1. Fill up the complete details of the Form
  2. Prepare the documents required
  3. File an Application with DGFT
  4. Once approved from DGFT, IEC will be received in soft copy

FAQ :-

Can Export/Import be made without IEC?

No. IEC forms a primary document for recognition by Govt. of India as an Exporter/ Importer

Is PAN Number/PAN card essential for Import Export registration?

Yes, PAN is mandatory. Self Certified Photocopy of PAN card has to be submitted along with the application.

Whether more than one IEC can be issued against one PAN?

Only one IEC would be issued against a single PAN number. Any proprietor can have only one IEC number and in case there are more than one IECs allotted to a proprietor, the same may be surrendered to the Regional Office for cancellation.

Can one check their IEC status at Customs on line?

Yes. Click on IEC (BIN) Status to know the status at customs

Is the requirement of IEC item based?

No, IEC is a permanent document issued to the Importer/Exporter only once and the same is not item based. The exporter/importer can venture into any item of Import/Export based on the IEC issued.

What are precautions to be taken before an application is submitted?
  1. Applicant should ensures that all details are correct and match with documents
  2. DGFT, RA is selected as per it's jurisdiction
  3. Requisite fee is deposited
  4. Checklist as in preview is complied with
  5. Physical Copy is signed manually by applicant and uploaded(in case of IEC Modification)
What should an exporter do if he does not wish to operate or wish to cancel the allotted IEC Number?

He may surrender the original IEC by fulfilling all pending Liabilities (Export obligation fulfillment of all incentive Authorizations) and filing a declaration to IEC issuing DGFT office that there is no obligation/Liability pending against him for any office of DGFT.

On receipt of such intimation; this office shall cancel the IEC if satisfied that there is no Liability pending against the IEC holder and electronically transmit it to DGFT for onward transmission to Customs and Regional Licensing Authorities.

Normal Time required for processing cancellation of IEC is 15 working days.

Whether IEC has to be revalidated after a period of time?

No, IEC need not be revalidated if the PAN is incorporated in it, but the same needs to be updated for changes in name/ address/constitution.

In case the IEC is returned undelivered, what are the documents required for proving the genuineness of the firm?

Information to Post Office, Proof of Address-Copy of ownership Title, Registered copy of Lease Deed, copy of Telephone Bill, Electricity Bill, Registered copy of Rent deed etc. are required to confirm about the genuineness of the address. Applicant may also be asked to attend interview before the IEC issuing officer if necessary.

How can an applicant (NRI) apply for Import Export Code registration?

NRI has to follow the normal application procedure. In addition permission from RBI/ FIPB is needed in some cases.

What may be reasons for rejection of the application even if it is submitted successfully?

The documents are not proper (not clear etc.), Address proof is not attached, Name and address do not match with the documents, IFSC is not mentioned on Bank Certificate, Wrong DGFT RA is selected.

Information

IEC Code is unique 10 digit code issued by DGFT – Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Government of India to the applicants to allow the cross boarder business from India. It is a centralized registration with the life time validity. To import or export in India, IEC Code is mandatory. No person or entity shall make any Import or Export without IEC Code Number. It must be disclosed before accepting the imports or processing the exports from India as part of business activity or any transaction in relation thereto.

IEC is the first requirement before you start an import / export business in India. The IEC issued is valid for all the branches or factories of the importer / exporter, as the case may be.

IEC is not required under the following circumstances:

  1. Import/export of goods for personal use, which is not connected with trade, manufacture or agriculture.
  2. Import/export by government ministries and departments, and certain notified charitable organizations.
  1. Primary proof for a applicant as an Importer / Exporter in India
  2. Permanent Registration as Life time validity
  3. No Periodical Returns & Annual Fees
  4. Easy documentation & simple registration process
  5. Obtain benefits in respect of their export and import from customs, DGFT, Export Promotion Council etc
Type of Applicant Individual / Partner / Director Partnership Firm Company
PAN Card
Aadhar Card / Voter's ID / Passport Copy / Driving Licences
Electricity Bill / Telephone Bill / Mobile Bill / Bank Statement
(Not older than 2 months)
Lease Deed / Rent Agreement with latest rent receipts (If Rented)
NOC from owner with ID & Address Proof (If Rented)
List of Directors / Partners
Passport Size Photograph
MOA / AOA / Partnership Deed
Bank Certificate / Pre-printed Cancelled Cheque
  1. Fill up the complete details of the Form
  2. Prepare the documents required
  3. File an Application with DGFT
  4. Once approved from DGFT, IEC will be received in soft copy
Can Export/Import be made without IEC?

No. IEC forms a primary document for recognition by Govt. of India as an Exporter/ Importer

Is PAN Number/PAN card essential for Import Export registration?

Yes, PAN is mandatory. Self Certified Photocopy of PAN card has to be submitted along with the application.

Whether more than one IEC can be issued against one PAN?

Only one IEC would be issued against a single PAN number. Any proprietor can have only one IEC number and in case there are more than one IECs allotted to a proprietor, the same may be surrendered to the Regional Office for cancellation.

Can one check their IEC status at Customs on line?

Yes. Click on IEC (BIN) Status to know the status at customs

Is the requirement of IEC item based?

No, IEC is a permanent document issued to the Importer/Exporter only once and the same is not item based. The exporter/importer can venture into any item of Import/Export based on the IEC issued.

What are precautions to be taken before an application is submitted?
  1. Applicant should ensures that all details are correct and match with documents
  2. DGFT, RA is selected as per it's jurisdiction
  3. Requisite fee is deposited
  4. Checklist as in preview is complied with
  5. Physical Copy is signed manually by applicant and uploaded(in case of IEC Modification)
What should an exporter do if he does not wish to operate or wish to cancel the allotted IEC Number?

He may surrender the original IEC by fulfilling all pending Liabilities (Export obligation fulfillment of all incentive Authorizations) and filing a declaration to IEC issuing DGFT office that there is no obligation/Liability pending against him for any office of DGFT.

On receipt of such intimation; this office shall cancel the IEC if satisfied that there is no Liability pending against the IEC holder and electronically transmit it to DGFT for onward transmission to Customs and Regional Licensing Authorities.

Normal Time required for processing cancellation of IEC is 15 working days.

Whether IEC has to be revalidated after a period of time?

No, IEC need not be revalidated if the PAN is incorporated in it, but the same needs to be updated for changes in name/ address/constitution.

In case the IEC is returned undelivered, what are the documents required for proving the genuineness of the firm?

Information to Post Office, Proof of Address-Copy of ownership Title, Registered copy of Lease Deed, copy of Telephone Bill, Electricity Bill, Registered copy of Rent deed etc. are required to confirm about the genuineness of the address. Applicant may also be asked to attend interview before the IEC issuing officer if necessary.

How can an applicant (NRI) apply for Import Export Code registration?

NRI has to follow the normal application procedure. In addition permission from RBI/ FIPB is needed in some cases.

What may be reasons for rejection of the application even if it is submitted successfully?

The documents are not proper (not clear etc.), Address proof is not attached, Name and address do not match with the documents, IFSC is not mentioned on Bank Certificate, Wrong DGFT RA is selected.