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What is IEC registration?

Import Export Code is required when business entity in india desires to import or export any kind of goods or services. IEC registration certificate is mandatory for business who are involved into import and export. Hence, before initiating an import of goods into India, an importer must ensure that the importing entity has GST registration and IE code – both of which are required to clear customs. IEC is 10 digit code with a permanent validity. With the recent amendment, the IEC code is the entities PAN number.

IEC is issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industries. Importers are not allowed to import without this code and exporters can’t take benefit of schemes of DGFT, customs, Export Promotion Council, if they don’t have this code.

Who is required to get the IEC Registration?

  1. All entities engaged in Import and Export of goods.
  2. Software companies which export services.
  3. All exporters who want to take the benefits of government schemes and subsidies.

However, IEC code is not required if a person wishes to Import or Export of Goods for his/her personal use.

Documents Required for IEC License?

PAN Card

Copy of PAN card of the Proprietor/Partner/Managing Director.

Identity Proof

Aadhar card and Voter ID/ Passport/ Driving License of Shareholders and Directors.


Registration/Incorporation Certificate or Deed

Digital Photograph

Digital Photograph (3x3cms) of the Proprietor/Partner/Managing Director.

Bank Certificate

Bank Certificate in prescribed format (ANF 2A(I))/ Cancelled Cheque bearing preprinted name of applicant and A/C No.

Rent Agreement

Rent Agreement of the registered office should be provided if any

Sale deed

Sale deed in case business premise is self-owned; or Rental/Lease Agreement, in case office is rented/ leased; or latest electricity /telephone bill.

Modification:If one wants to modify IEC then if an application for modification or amendment is made within 90 days then no fee is payable but if it is made after 90 days then online payment of Rs. 1000 is required.

What are the benefits of IEC registration?

Access to International market

Unless the entity obtains IEC, it is not allowed to import or export goods/services into the foreign market. It is a key to enter the international market and widening the scope of business. With IEC, one can take their products or services to the international market and expand business with ease.

Simple Process

The complete process of applying for importer exporter code is simple and hassle-free with the online Import-Export license application. It merely takes 3-4 working days to get the importer exporter code. The applicant can immediately download the e-IEC through the link provided in the mail after uploading documents and payment of the fee.

No Compliance after registration

Once the import-export code is obtained, there are no incidental formalities. Unlike other tax registrations, the IE code holder also does not need to comply with any kind of annual filing or return filing. Also, the code is valid for a lifetime so there is no need for renewal.

Government benefits

The importers and exporters are eligible to benefit from many Government schemes. The entities are eligible for the schemes under DGFT on their import/export. They can avail the subsidies from Customs and Export Promotion Council or other similar government organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to get IEC code registration?

The IEC registration is required under the following cases:

  1. It is a primarily required for any entity planning to engage in the business of import and export from India.
  2. In case of service or technology, if the provider is taking benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy, then the IE code registration is compulasory for them.
Whether obtaining IE code is compulsory for all?

No. Import Export Code registration is not compulsory for the below-mentioned activities:

  1. If the import or export of goods is done for the personal use
  2. If the import or export is carried out by any Government Ministry or department or a notified charitable organization.
  3. Any other category mentioned or defined by the DGFT.
Can an individual apply for IEC registration?

Any individual involved in the import and export of goods or services for the purpose of business can make Import Export Code application. They can obtain the Import Export code by filing an online application accompanied with required documents. In case the person does not have a current account for the business, he/she may provide cancelled cheque of his savings account for the purpose of filing Import Export code application.

What is the validity of import export code registration?

It is valid for Lifetime unless the same is withdrawn or surrendered.

Whether the separate registration is needed for another branch?

No, there is no requirement to make a separate application for different places of business. This is a PAN based registration. Hence, the single registration will be valid for all the businesses and branch under the same entity.

Can more than one IEC be issued against one PAN?

Only a single IEC can be issued against a single PAN card. If at all more than one IEC is issued inadvertently then it has to be surrendered to the regional office

Is there any penalty for not having an importer and exporter code?

No, there is no penalty for non registration. However, the import or export transaction is not possible without IE code.

Whether renewal of IEC registration is required?

Import Export code comes with lifetime validity and therefore it does not require any renewal.

Are there any compliance after obtaining IEC?

No, there is no compliance to be fulfilled after the import-export license registration is obtained.

Can IEC basic information be modified?

Yes, the IEC basic information can be modified by providing all the necessary documents even after the code is issued.

Do I have to visit any Government office in person ?

No. IEC registration process is 100 % online. You need to send us documents over mail. Our expert will make application on behalf of your company.