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Updated on 24 Nov 2020  9.00 AM IST | 4 min read

Import Export Code (IEC) Registration in India

IE code is issued to a person dealing in import or export of goods. It is a 10 digit code issued by Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India. Import Export Code registration is required by all the businesses involved in exporting and importing of goods. It is valid for lifetime.

Without this code, importers are not authorized to import anything and exporters can’t take benefit of exports from DGFT, Customs & Export promotion council etc. The importer needs to quote the import export code at the time of taking clearance from the custom department. It is also used for sending money abroad as bank needs import export code of the importer to send money abroad.

The exporter needs to quote the export import code while sending shipments. It is also used for receiving money from abroad as banks need import export code of the exporter to receive money from abroad.

IEC is known by various names such as importer exporter code, import export license, import export number, IEC license etc. You can obtain IE code in your personal name or company name and is valid for all divisions/units/factories/branches.


Important Features of Import Export Code

Individuals Can obtain IE Code

It is not necessary to form a business entity for obtaining IE code. You can also obtain IE code in your name as an individual.

No need to file returns

There is no need to file any returns in case of IE code. After the issuance of IE code, there is no further procedure needed to maintain the validity of the IE code.

Valid for lifetime

After submitting all the required documents and completing the registration process of IE code, the import export code is issued for the lifetime of the entity and it does not require any renewal.

Import export subsidies

On the basis of IE code, firms or companies get benefits in the form of subsidies from DGFT, Customs and Export promotion council.

Business Growth

Selling your products or services to the international market will grow your business. The import export code authorizes you to sell products outside India.

What Is Included In Our Package?

Eligibility Consultation

Document Preparation

Application Drafting

Government Fees


Documents Required For Import Export Code Registration in India

In Case Of Director/Partner/Proprietor/Individual

Passport size photograph

PAN card copy

Copy of Voter Identity Card/Aadhaar Card

Authorization letter (In case of partnership firm)

Authority on letterhead from other directors (In case of a company)

Partnership Deed Copy (In case of partnership firm)

Board resolution/ Self-declaration (In case of company)

Telephone bill in the name of individual (In case of individual)

Cancelled cheque of the individual

In Case Of Entity

PAN card copy of firm/company

Copy of property papers (If property is owned)

Copy of rent agreement (If property is rented)

Cancelled cheque of firm

Water/electricity Bill of business place

Telephone bill in the name of the business

Copy of service tax return (In case of proprietorship)

Incorporation certificate (In case of company)

Bank statement of firm/company

MOA and AOA (In case of company)

One Company letter head (In case of company)

Procedure for IEC Registration

Application Preparation

To obtain the import export code (IEC), an application must be send to the DGFT in the Aayaat Niryaat Form 2A format in the region where the registered office of the company is established. You can also use the online facility of the government to obtain IE code online.

Application Processing

The basic documents required which helps in processing the application are –

  1. Details of the business & its proprietors, directors or partners
  2. Bank account details
  3. Bank account certificate

All these necessary documents are needed to be submitted with Aayaat Niryaat Form 2A. Digital signature is also required on ANF 2A Form.

IEC Fee payment

After completion of application, it needs to be submitted to DGFT (Director General of foreign trade) with the requisite application fee. The department of import export code may send your application back for modifications or corrections. You need to reply to DGFT within 15 days.

Issuance of import export code

After completely verifying the application, the DGFT will issue an import export code to your business. It comes in both soft copy and hard copy. In case, the hard copy is delayed, you can start the export import transaction on the basis of soft copy you received via e-mail.

How Finacbooks help in IEC Registration in India?

Finacbooks is a leading Indian portal providing accounting, finance & taxation services to small businesses. We are having more than 10 years of experience and help you in to obtain IEC License in India. We will guide you through the entire process of IEC Registration. To avail the best deals on Import Export Code (IEC) registration, kindly call us at 8800221252 or you can also e-mail us at info@finacbooks.com

IEC Registration FAQ's

Any individual who want to import or export products and services to or from India must obtain Import export Code. One can also apply for this code online and get their IE code certificate or IE code license online within a week.
No, there is no tax to be levied on import export code. However, custom duty may levy on import export code and it depends upon the category of products imported or exported. You will find this information at custom department’s website.
After receiving all the necessary documents, DGFT will issue the IEC code in 5 to 10 days. It is not mandatory to display proof of import or export to obtain the import export code. You can also apply IE code online by using digital signature. IE code can be obtained in less than a week.
If you applied for the import export code online, then you can easily download the import export code certificate online by logging into the IEC portal with your username & password. If you applied it via manual method, then you need to re-apply for this code online with all the documents and DGFT will issue the IE code certificate in new online format.
If an individual or a company wants to modify any details in the import export code certificate or license, then you can make changes in your IEC application online. You need to resubmit the application to DGFT with all the required documents for modification. You also need to submit the modification fee.
IEC is only a license permitting the import and export of goods. Therefore, no return is required to be filed under IEC.

IEC code is not required to be obtained in the following situations –

  • There is no need to obtain IEC in Ministries or departments of central government.
  • Individuals who are importing or exporting the goods to or from Myanmar or Nepal via the Indo-Myanmar border areas, a value of which does not exceed Rs.25000 in a single assignment.
  • Individuals who are importing or exporting goods for the personal use and not for business related activities.
IE Code registration is permanent registration which is valid for life time.

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