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Import Export Code (IEC)

What is Import Export Code (IEC):

Any business entity except (Ministries / Departments of Central or State Government and persons importing or exporting goods for personal use not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture), which imports or expors any goods or services, it needs to have Import Export Code (IEC). IEC is a 10 digit code, issued by the office of the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), DGFT is set up under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Each state has it's jurisdictional office.

Who has to apply for IEC:

Any business which intends to import or export goods or services for commercial purpose need to apply for it.

Who are not required to apply for IEC:

Ministries / Departments of Central or State Government and persons importing or exporting goods for personal use not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture

What is the validity of IEC:

The validity of IEC is permanet, no renewal is required.

What is ICEGATE:

ICEGATE is the Indian Customs Electronic Gateway (ICEGATE) is the national portal of Indian Customs of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) that provides e-filing services to the Trade, Cargo Carriers and other Trading Partners electronically. To facilitate trade and to avoid separate registration of importers and exporters at various custom houses under the Indian Customs EDI system, Customs & DGFT have established connectivity through ICEGATE. Once you allpy IEC code, the DGFT will issue it and it transfers this informatoin to Customs ICEGATE. Where you can check the satus of IEC Custom BIN Status. The importer or expoerter has to check the status of correctness of IEC both at DGFT and Customs, if the data is same, it is ok otherwise, you have to contact the DGFT and make the data corrected. Plese note that if both the DGFT and Cusotms data are same, then there is no problems in importing or exporting goods or services.

What is Registration cum membership Certificate (RCMC):

For availing authorization to import or export or any other benefit or concession under Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020, as also to avail the services or guidance, exporters are required to obtain RCMC granted by the concerned Export Promotion Councils/FIEO/Commodity Boards/Authorities. An application for obtaining RCMC is required to be made in ANF 2C to register and becoming member of Export Promotion Council or Federation of Indian Exports Organisation (FIEO). Exporter should declare his main line of business and obtain RCMC from the Council which is concerned with the product of his main line of business. Multi-product exporters and products not covered under any EPC can obtain RCMC from FIEO. The validity of RCMC is 5 years from 1st April to 31st March.

Why Should I get Import Export Code (IEC)

Below are the main reasons to get an Import Export Code (IEC).

Low Cost:

Now, the issuance of Import Export Code (IEC) is made easy. You can apply online and the system will generate it online. The cost of gettting Import Export Code (IEC) is cheaper. You can get IEC in Rs.500/-. IEC once issued is permanent and no renewal is required. We are not required to file any return or report with the office of Director General of Foreign Trade, Governmen of India.

International Market Presence:

Getting Import Export Code (IEC) helps you to get your business registered in International Markets.

Export Benefits:

If you have Import Export Code (IEC), you will get rebate on Import Duty, Refund of Taxes, Incentives from Customs Department.

Registration cum Membership Certificate (RCMC) helps you to avail authorisation to import or export or any other benefit or concession under Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20.

Inward and Outward Remittance:

When a business entity getting inward remittance from exprots and remitting for exports, the bankers insists you to provide Import Export Code (IEC) and hence Import Export Code (IEC) is mandatory for remitting money in import and export transactions.

Legal Entity Recognition:

Having Import Export Code (IEC) for a proprietorship which is into import or export business is recognised as legal entity. With this Import Export Code (IEC), a proprietor can open his/her Current Banking Account and do the import and export business.

How to Get Import Export Code (IEC)

Any ten or more individuals, each of them being a producer or any two or more Producer Institutions or a combination of ten or more individuals and Producer Institutions can form a Producer Company under the Companies Act, 2013. You can find below the Documents required and Step by Step Company Registration Process.


Documents Required

  • A

    For Proprietorship Business

    1. Proprietor PAN, Aadhaar Card or Voter ID or Passport or Driver's License
    2. Latest passport size photograph
    3. Proprietor Mobile Number
    4. Cancelled Cheque or Bankers Letter
    5. Proprietor Email id
    6. Registered Office Address Proof: Latest Power Bill
    7. No-objection letter cum Affidavit from the Landlord if it is owned.
    8. Rental Agreement from the landlord if the premises are rented.
  • B

    For Other Businesses

    1. Directors or Partners PAN, Aadhaar Card or Voter ID or Passport or Driver's License
    2. Directors or Partners latest passport size photographs
    3. Cancelled Cheque of business or Bankers Letter
    4. Director/Partners Mobile Number
    5. Director/Partners Email id
    6. Partnership Deed in case of Firm
    7. Certificate of Registration of Business
    8. Partnership Deed or MOA, AOA or LLP Agreement
    9. firm/LLP/Company PAN
    10. Board Resolution
    11. Registered Office Address Proof: Latest Power Bill
    12. No-objection letter cum Affidavit from the Landlord if it is owned.
    13. Rental Agreement from the landlord if the premises are rented.

3 Step Registration Process:

  • 1

    Digital Signature Certificates

    Through eMudhra - One Hour Job

    We will apply Class-III DSCs through eMudhra Portal Online.

  • 2

    Online Application with DGFT

    Through DGFT Portal - One Hour Job

    We will prepare the applicatoin forms and submit online application with Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) office and pay the requisite fee.

  • 3

    Certificate of Registration

    Through eMail - 1 Day

    After Aadhar authentication or Digital Signature, the system will generate the Import Export Code (IEC) online and sent it through email to the Authorised person concerned.


What Next Once the Import Export Code (IEC) is generated

Congratulations!! on getting your Import Export Code (IEC). Most of the enterprenuers do not know what next once the IEC is generated. You can find below the other mandatory registratons.


Other Registrations

  • A

    Registration cum Membership Certificate (RCMC):

    There are around 26 Export Promotion Counsils, where you can apply for Registration cum Membership Certificate (RCMC) and avail authorisation to Import or Export Goods or Services.

  • B

    Enlisting on Online Market Places:

    To explore international markets, better you enlist with Amazon.com, Alibaba.com, Aliexpress.com, DHGate.com, and many more online marketplaces to connect with the global customers for your products.

  • C

    FSSAI Registration

    If your business deals in export or import of Food, Food Items you need to apply for Food License with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

  • D

    GST Registration

    GST registration is Mandatory if you are a Taxable dealer in sale of Goods or supply of Services.

  • E

    Certificate of Origin

    To get the customs clearance, a Certificate of Origin is required. Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) will issue Certificate of Origin to exporter of Agricultrual and Processed Food Products. For export of Engineering goods, EEPCINDIA will issue the Certificate of Origin.


Let's Clear Your Doubts


What is IEC?

IEC or Importer Exporter Code is a unique 10-digit alpha numeric code issued on the basis of PAN of a business entity.

Why IEC is required?

To import or export any goods or services, IEC Code is mandatory. No person or entity shall make any Import or Export without IEC Code Number, unless specifically exempted.

What is the validity of IEC?

It is valid permanently, no renewal is required.

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Who can get IEC?

Any business entity or even an individual can also get IEC.

Where can I get IEC?

You can get IEC with the office of the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

Wthat is the duration to get IEC?

Now with in 10 minutes, you will get your IEC.

How can I apply IEC?

It is completely online, you can apply at www.dgft.gov.in.

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