Import Export Code Number (IEC)

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Importer Exporter Code (IEC or IE Code) is a registration required for persons importing or exporting goods and services from India. IE Code is issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India.

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Import Export Code (IEC)

Importer Exporter Code (IEC) is a unique 10-digit code issued by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India.

Importer Exporter Code (IEC) is mandatory for export/import from/to India. No person or entity can make any import or export without IEC number. DGFT has recently introduced the facility of issuing Importer Exporter Code in electronic form (e-IEC).

If there is any change in the particulars of a company, changes in directors, change of address, an application has to be made to the Director General of Foreign Trade to effect such changes in the IEC Records/Certificate. Processing of would be done online and a digitally signed e-IEC would normally be issued/ e-mailed to the applicant within 2 working days on submission of all required particulars and documents.

Process for obtaining Import Export Code (IEC)

Business Registration

Business to be registered as Company / LLP / Partnership. In case of Proprietorship, there is no registration required.

Apply for Business PAN

Company / LLP PAN is must for applying IEC in the name business. In case of proprietors, the individual PAN is sufficient.

Current Account

Open a Current Account in the name of the business. Details of Current Account and copy of Cheque leaf with name of the business is required for making an application for IEC.

Online Application for IEC with Digital Signature

Application for IEC is required to be filed online with copy of all required documents. On verification and approval of application, the department will issue the IE Code to the applicant.


Copy of PAN Card

Copy of PAN is the primary requirement for filing application for IEC

Current Account Details

The Applicant to provide Current Account Details and Copy of Cheque leaf with Business name.

Documents Required

Business Details

  • PAN of the business /Individual in case of Proprietorship firms

  • Business Registration Details

  • Current Account details and Cheque leaf

Details of the Proprietor/ Partners/ Directors

  • PAN of All Directors / Partners

  • Name / Address /DIN of Directors

  • Digital Signature of the Applicant


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Frequently Asked Questions on Import Export Code Number (IEC)

What is Importer Exporter Code (IEC or IE Code)?

Importer Exporter Code (IEC or IE Code) is a registration required for persons importing or exporting goods and services from India.

Who requires an IEC?

Any Person, Partnership, LLP or Company doing the business of export or import is required to have IEC certificate for carrying the business of export or import of goods and services.

Can I do Export / Import without IEC?

IE Code is the basic requirement for carrying out the business of export or import. So, no import or export can be made without Importer Exporter Code.

What are the benefits of IEC?

Business entities can avail various benefits on their exports / imports from DGFT, Customs, Export Promotion Council etc.

How to obtain an IEC?

IEC can be obtained from the office of Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) by fling an online application.

Is PAN mandatory for IEC registration?

Yes. Copy of PAN Card of the applicant (Proprietor, Partnership, LLP or Company) is required for IEC Registration.

What are the other requirements of obtaining an IEC?

The applicant must have a Bank Account and should have a Cheque Book with the pre-printed name of applicant and a valid Digital Signature for submitting an IEC application.

What is the Validity of IE Code Number? Does IEC to be renewed?

An IEC number once allotted, shall be valid for the lifetime. There is not renewal requirements to IEC.

Can we make changes to IE Code Number?

Changes in the Name, Constitution, Addresses and Addition of New Addresses can be added to the IEC details by filing a modification to the IEC.

How to cancel the IE Code Number?

IEC number can be cancelled by surrendering the same by informing the issuing authority. On receipt of such intimation, the issuing authority shall immediately cancel the same and electronically transmit it to DGFT for onward transmission to the Customs and Regional Authorities.

Import Export Code Number (IEC)








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