IEC - Import Export Code

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

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What is Importer Exporter Code?

Considering the recent trends in the business sector, a gradual shift of businesses is observed from the local market to the international market. To spread reach and conquer the international market, the import and export activities are undertaken which further requires the Import Export Code.

Import Export Code is a 10 digit unique code allotted to the business entities that allow imports and exports. The code is allotted by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) to the applicants.

Register for IEC code online comes with one-time registration and lifetime validity. The process for import export code registration has become simpler with online IEC application supported by a few documents.

BENEFITS Benefits of Importer Exporter Code

Global Markets at Fingertips
 Unless the entity holds 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 global market and expand business with ease.
 Simple Processing
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 for obtaining 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
 Once the import-export code is obtained, there is no adaptational 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 similar government organizations.

Documents required for online Import Export code registration

PAN Card
A scanned copy of a PAN card of the applicant or the company
Address Proof
 Sale Deed/ Rent Agreement/ Latest Electricity Bill/ Telephone Bill in name of applicant
Cancelled Cheque
 A cancelled cheque of current account bearing entity’s pre-printed name or Bank Certificate in form ANF-2A(i)
PAN card of Director or Partner

For a company/partnership, PAN card of the Director/Partner is a must

Certificate of Registration
Entity should provide the registration certificate with MoA- AoA / LLP Agreement, or a Partnership Deed as applicabl

When is IEC code required?

For Import and Export of Goods from India

For Import and Export of Services from India

To clear the shipment while making an Import or Export


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ParametersImporter Exporter CodeGST RegistrationProfessional Tax RegistrationShop & Establishments RegistrationProprietorship Firm
Applicable ToAll importers and exportersBusinesses exceeding prescribed threshold for turnoverApplicability defers based on State ActApplicability defers based on State ActAll Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Registration CriteriaMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryMandatoryVoluntary
Regulatory bodyCentral GovernmentState and Central GovernmentState GovernmentMunicipal CorporationMunicipal Corporation
Return FilingsNoYesYesNoNo