Apply for Import Export Code (IEC) Registration

Ten digit IEC number allotted by DGFT is a mandatory registration for commercial importers and exporters in India. Apply online and get your IEC registration in less than three days.

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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 of Importer Exporter Code


Documents required for online Import Export code registration

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
Any business entity undertaking import/export for business purpose from IndiaIf turnover exceeds ₹ 20 Lakh or entity fall under specified category, registration is mandatoryA person earning income from salary or by practicing any profession has to pay the professional taxAll entities need to get registered under shop and establishments at the time of setting up their businessIt is not mandatory to register under MSME. Any business entity if wishes can get registered under MSME
Regulatory bodyCentral GovernmentState and Central GovernmentState GovernmentMunicipal CorporationMunicipal Corporation
The code is granted by Directorate General of foreign Trade, Central GovernmentThe tax is segregated into two parts CGST (central) and SGST (state)The tax is based on income slab-rates decided by state GovernmentGoverned by Municipal Corporation under whose jurisdiction the business place is situatedMSMEs comes under centrally based Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Return FilingsNoYesYesNoNo
No return are prescribed to file after registrationAnnually, monthly or quarterly based on GSTR typeMonthly or yearly based on professional tax liabilityNo returns are to be filed after this registrationNo returns are to be filed after this registration
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Frequently Asked Questions

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The IEC registration is required under the following circumstances:

1) It is a pre-requisite 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 mandatory for them.

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.

Any individual involved in the import and export of goods or services for the purpose of conducting business can make IE Code application. They can obtain the IE 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 canceled cheque of the savings account for the purpose of filing IE code application.

No, w.e.f. 09.08.2018, DGFT has integrated PAN web service of CBDT with the server; therefore PAN card is not required to be uploaded. However, for the purpose of filing an application, the copy of the PAN card is required to be submitted to the team.

The Import Export Code comes with a lifelong validity unless the same is withdrawn or surrendered. Once the applicant receives the IE Code, there is no need to re-register as it is a perpetual registration.

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.

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

No, there is no penalty however, the import or export is not possible without IE code.

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

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

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

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