Apply Import Export Code (IEC) Online !

Apply IEC Code Online

Apply Import Export Code (IEC) Online !

Enlist your Import Export Business with the Directorate General of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Legal Zone India’s IEC experts will handle the filing process with the DGFT on your behalf.


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An Importer Exporter Code (IEC) is a key business identification number which is mandatory for export from India or Import to India. No export or import shall be made by any person without obtaining an IEC. For services exports however, IEC shall not be necessary except when the service provider is taking benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy. An individual or a business entity needs a 10 digit code to import or export products or services. This code is known as Import Export Code or IEC and it is issued by DGFT, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Govt. of India.

• Customs authorities need it to clear shipments during imports.

• The bank needs it to transfer the money when imports are made.

• Similarly during export the shipments the IEC is required.

• When exporter is supposed to receive money in foreign currency, IEC code is required to transfer the money to his account directly.

The IEC code registration is applicable for all business registrations:

  • Proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • LLP
  • Limited Company
  • Trust
  • HUF
  • Society

It is assumed that IEC is only for import or export of goods. But it is necessary for both goods as well as services. Import or export of services is an international transaction. So any person providing services beyond the boundaries of India has to make online IEC application.  

Two Colour Photographs of Promoters/Individuals/ Company/ Director
PAN Card of each Shareholders and directors
Identity Proof (Voter ID / Driving License/ Passport)
Address Proof (Bank Statement / Electricity, Mobile, Telephone Bill)
Proof of Registered Office
Utility Bill as proof must be Latest

As per recent changes made by DGFT via notification no. 58/2015-2020 dated 12th February,2021 all IEC holders are required to renew/update their registration every year electronically on or before 30th June of the year. If renewal is not done within the stipulated time than an IEC will be de-activated. 

Not every firm has to apply for IEC. But IEC is associated with PAN. Hence, if a person has more than one proprietorship firm then for every firm only one IEC registration is to be taken. This is because proprietorship firm does not have a separate identity and so the PAN of an individual is used as PAN of their proprietorship firm. If one has allotted more than one IEC for one PAN then one has to surrender with the Ministry for cancellation.  A partnership firm or LLP or Company will need to quote their own PAN, as a separate PAN is allotted to them.   

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Ready to take your business global? Learn how to apply IEC code online effortlessly! Secure your Import Export Code registration for a smooth journey into international trade. Apply IEC online and unlock the potential of hassle-free import and export with a lifetime-valid license.

In the dynamic landscape of global business, expanding beyond domestic borders is a strategic move for growth. Applying for an Import Export Code (IEC) is a pivotal step to kick-start your international trade venture. With the ease of online applications, securing your IEC code is more straightforward than ever.

What is IEC Code?

The Import Export Code (IEC) is a 10-digit identifier issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), enabling individuals and businesses to engage in import and export activities in India.

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Situations where IEC (Import Export Code) is required
  • When an importer has to clear his shipments from the customs then it’s needed by the customs authorities.
  • When an importer sends money abroad through banks then it’s needed by the bank.
  • When an exporter has to send his shipments then it’s needed by the customs port.
  • When an exporter receives money in foreign currency directly into his bank account then it’s required by the bank.
Documents required for IEC (Import Export Code) registration

For IEC Code Registration, the following documents are required:

  • Individual’s, firm’s or company’s copy of PAN Card.
  • Individual’s voter id or Aadhar card or passport copy.
  • Individual’s or company’s or firm’s cancel cheque copies of current bank accounts.
  • Copy of rent/lease agreement or electricity bill copy of the business premise.
  • A self-addressed envelope for delivery of IEC certificate by registered post.
Benefits of IEC (Import Export Code) registration


IEC (Import Export Code) assists you in taking your services or product to the global market and growing your businesses.


The Companies could avail several benefits of their imports/ exports from the DGFT, Export Promotion Council, Customs, etc., on the basis of their IEC registration.


IEC (Import Export Code) does not require the filing of any returns. Once allotted, there isn’t any requirement to follow any sort of process for sustaining its validity. Even for export transactions, there isn’t any requirement for filing any returns with DGFT.


It is fairly easy to obtain IEC (Import Export Code) code from the DGFT within a period of 10 to 15 days after submitting the application. There isn’t any need to provide proof of any export or import for getting IEC code.


IEC code is effective for the lifetime of an entity and requires no renewal. After it is obtained, it could be used by an entity against all export and import transactions.

Cases where Import Export Code (IEC) is not mandatory

According to the latest circular issued by the government, IEC (Import Export Code) is not mandatory for all traders register under GST. In all such cases, the PAN of the trader shall be construed as a new IEC code for the purpose of import and export. Import Export Code (IEC) isn’t required to be taken in case the goods exported or imported is for personal purposes and isn’t used for any commercial purpose. Export/ Import done by the Government of India Departments and Ministries and Notified Charitable institutions need not require getting Import Export Code.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes. An Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) is mandatory for import to India or export from India. It is a significant business identification number for an import/export business. A person/entity cannot export or import without obtaining an IEC unless specifically exempted. However, IEC is not necessary for services exports, except when the service provider is taking benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy.

Once the online application is submitted by paying the appropriate fees and requisite documents, IEC will be auto-generated. The DGFT will send an intimation regarding the allotment of IEC to an applicant through an SMS and e-mail along with a hyperlink through which the e-IEC can be downloaded and printed.

Yes, individuals acting as proprietors of a business can obtain IEC registration. Individuals can use either the name or the name of their company to apply for IEC registration.

You can take print out of your IEC certificate by the below process:

  • Visit the DGFT Website.
  • Click on the ‘Services’ tab on the homepage.
  • Select the ‘IEC Profile Management’ option from the drop-down list.
  • A new page will open. Click on the ‘Print IEC’ option on the page.
  • Verify your details and click on the ‘Print IEC’ button.

Yes. It is mandatory to update the IEC profile every year. In case of non-updation of the IEC profile, it will be deactivated. A deactivated IEC can be reactivated upon its successful updation. However, reactivation is subject to the condition that any other action should not be taken for violation of any provisions of the Foreign Trade Policy.

A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is not compulsory to apply for an IEC. The IEC application can be signed through Aadhaar authentication. DSC has been introduced in IEC to strengthen the IEC issuance and modification processes.

An Importer -Exporter Code (IEC) is crucial business identification number which mandatory for export from India or Import to India. Unless specifically exempted, any person shall make no export or import without obtaining an IEC.

All importers must mention their IE Code while clearing customs when their goods arrive in India. All exporters must mention their IE Code while exporting their goods from India. Additionally, RBI now requests persons importing or exporting services mention IE Code in foreign remittances in a bank account. Therefore, IE Code is required for anyone involved in import or export in India.

No. IE Code is not a tax registration. So no tax is levied based on IE Code during import or export of goods or services. However, customs duty may be levied.

Any person who proposes to import or export goods and services from or to India must obtain IE Code.

Yes, individuals acting as Proprietors of a business can obtain IE Code Registration.

To obtain IE Code registration, a copy of the PAN Card, proof of address of the business, and constitution of the business [Partnership deed, Incorporation Certificate, etc.] and a letter from the banker are required.

IE Code Registration can be obtained from the DGFT in 10-15 working days after submission of all required documents and applications.

IE Code is not a mandatory registration, only importers and exporters of goods or services must have IE Code. Therefore, there is no penalty for not having IE Code; however, import/export will not be possible without an IE Code.


No. Returns need NOT be filed for IE Code.

IE Code is valid for the lifetime of the entity and renewal is also not necessary.

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