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Import Export Code(IEC)

Import Export Code (IEC)

Import Export Code (IEC) is a ten digit number, comprising alphabets and numbers. IEC is a mandatory prerequisite to starting a business of Import or Export in India. The IEC code is a pan based registration, hence against one pan number the director general of foreign trade can issue only one IE Code. The IEC is a unique number through which a person is identified at all offices of Customs and DGFT across India. In general all the Imports and Exports can be done without any other authorisation, license or permission, However in the national interest or to regulate the trade or any specific commodity, the central government may restrict or prohibit the import or export of certain goods. In case you wish to import any item which is restricted, an application for license or permission to import can be made to the DGFT explaining the specific reasons for the export or import.

Import Export Code(IEC)

Import Export Code Registration Eligibility

When IEC is Required

When IEC is Required

IEC Code is required before you commence the business of any Import or Export. No Import or Export can be initiated unless IEC is allotted.

PAN Based Registration

PAN Based Registration

The IEC is a pan based unique number, and against one pan number, the DGFT allocates only one IE Code, which remains valid for all over India.

Issuing Authority

Issuing Authority

The regional director of DGFT having jurisdiction over the place of business is the authority who allots IE Code to all type of applicants.

No Renewal Required

No Renewal Required

The IE Code is a permanent identification number allotted to a person desirous to do the business of Import or Export in India. It never expires.

Documents Required for IE Code

  1. Filled Questionnaire for IEC
  2. Pan Card of the Company /LLP or Firm
  3. Cancelled Cheque of Applicant
  4. Certificate of Incorporation, MOA & AOA
  1. PAN Card of All Directors/ Partners
  2. Pan Card of Authorised Signatory
  3. Id and Address Proof of All Persons
  4. Digital Signature of Class-2 of AR

    Import & Export Code Registration Process



    The IE Code Application is filed online with Class -2 Digital Signature. It is required to have a valid DSC of the applicant or the Authorised Signatory.



    The documents to be uploaded while applying for the IE Code must be prepared, signed and stamped. After that, it needs to be scanned in JPEG or PDF.



    Application for allotme of IE Code is filed online with DSC, by furnishing information and uploading the mandatory self attested documents.



    The regional director of the DGFT scrutinises the application, which may call for further information or documents. Finally, the IE Code is allotted.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Import Export Code, is it Mandatory?

    Import Export Code is a unique ten digit number allotted to a person who intends to engage in the business of export or import of goods. In case of some specified services, IEC is also required. Starting the business of Import and Export is mandatory.

    Who can apply for IEC?

    Following persons can apply for IEC

    • Proprietorship
    • Partnership
    • Limited Liability Partnership
    • Private limited
    • Public Limited
    • Govt. undertaking
    • Section 8 Company
    • Registered Society
    • Trust
    • HUF

    What are the benefits of IEC?

    There are many benefits for the companies who have an import-export code. With IEC, a company can obtain benefits from Directorate General of Foreign Trade Customs and Export Promotion Council on its exports/imports.

    What are the documents required for IEC for a company or LLP?

    For a company or LLP Applicant Following Documents are Required

    • Completely Filled Trademark Questionnaire
    • Certificate of Incorporation of Company /LLP
    • MOA & AOA of the Company / LLP Agreement
    • Pan Card of the Company or LLP
    • Cancelled Cheque having the name of the company or LLP in it
    • KYC Documents of all director or Partners
    • KYC Documents of the Authorised Representative
    • Digital Signature of Authorised Signatory (Class-2)

    What are the documents required for IEC for a proprietorship or Individual?

    Following is the List of Documents required for Individual Applicant

    • Cancelled Cheque
    • Pan Card of the Applicant
    • Cancelled Cheque
    • ID and Address Proof of the Individual
    • Digital Signature of Class-2

    What is the government fee for obtaining IE Code?

    The government fee for applying to DGFT for allotment of Import Export Code is Rs. 500, which has to be paid online, while applying for the IE Code application.

    Is there any fee for modification in Import Export Code?

    There is no fee prescribed for modifying Import Export Code Details, provided the application for amendment is filed within 90 days of the change. However, for a delayed application the government fee is Rs. 1000/-

    I am engaged in the export of service, do I need IEC?

    In general, it is not necessary to obtain IEC Code for Export of Service Business, However Central Government in the Interest of National Security have specified specific services or specified technologies which may include import/export of automatic guns, nuclear weapons, etc. to register under DGFT and obtain an IEC

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