Importer Exporter Code (IEC) - Registration and Rules

Importer Exporter Code (IEC) is an identity number issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for doing Import Export business in India. DGFT is a statutory body operating under Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Every business willing to do export import business in India must take the IEC. The Exporting and Importing business of the country is controlled by “ The Foreign Trade(Development & Regulation) Act, 1992”. Now it amended as “The Foreign Trade(Development & Regulation) Amendment Act, 2010”, Notification dated 20th August 2010.

IEC code is an identity number issued by the DGFT for doing export import business in India.
Importer Exporter Code (IEC) Registration procedure and Rules

Chapter III of the Act describes the Importance and Registration of Import Export Code. As per chapter III, “ No person shall make any import or export except under an Importer – Exporter code Number granted by the Director General or the officer authorized by the Director General in this behalf”. So every importer or exporter must take IEC before doing the EXIM business and it is mandatory for them.

As a part of automation initiative of the Central Government departments, Application of IEC is now make it as Online. For clearing the difficulties for obtaining Importer Exporter Code, Department make the PAN of the applicant as IEC w.e.f 01.07.2017 vide Trade Notice No. 9 dated 12.06.2017. So only One IEC is issued against a PAN. In order to automate the process of issue of IEC and simplifying the business procedure for improving ease of doing business ,automatic PAN verification has been enforced in the IEC System. For this purpose, integration of PAN web service of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) with DGFT web server and automatic system based verification will be possible through PAN Database. So no need for the Digital signature to authenticate the IEC application and the applicant itself take print out the Importer Exporter Code.

The application of IEC has two phases:

1. Application for New IEC

2. Modification of Existing IEC

How to apply Importer Exporter Code ?

Steps for IEC Application

Step 1: Log on to http://dava.gov.in:8080/dgftiec/panSearch.jsp

Step 2 : Enter the PAN

Step 3: Complete the PAN Verification process (OTP on both Phone & E Mail)

Step 4: Fill the Application along with attachments

Step 5: Pay the fees ( Now the IEC Fees is Rs. 500/-)

Step 6: Submit the application

Step 7 : Take Print out of IEC (Digital Document)

Note : Department will conduct post -verification of Online IEC as per the guidelines. Applicant will be liable of penal / criminal action for furnishing of wrong / incomplete information. The officer may also suspend / cancel the IEC in some cases.

Documents Required for IEC Application

1. PAN of the Entity

2. Address proof of the entity

3. Cancelled cheque bearing entity’s pre -printed name or Bank Certificate

Address proof : Sale Deed, Rent Agreement, Lease Deed, Electricity Bill, Telephone Land line bill, MoU, Partnership deed

If Individual : Aadhar Card, Passport and Voter id also accepted

Note : In case the address proof is not in the name of the applicant firm, a Non Objection Certificate (NOC) by the firm premises owner in favour of the firm along with the address proof is to submitted as a single PDF document.

Procedure for modification of existing IEC

Above same procedure to follow to modify the existing Importer Exporter Code and Fees for modification of IEC is Rs. 200/-

Note : The user cannot change the PAN/ Mobile number / E mail id in the IEC System.

Importer Exporter Code issued by the DGFT have lifelong Validity, unless or otherwise notified by the Central Government on that behalf.

Importance and need of IEC

1. For paying custom duty

2. For receiving and payment against the EXIM Transactions

3. For the compliance of E -BRC

4. For managing ICEGATE login and its Compliance's

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Recent Circulars

Policy Circular No. 17 (RE-2013)/2009-2014 : Guidelines for processing of online IEC application and IEC checklist

Existing Trade Notices – IEC

Trade Notice No. 27/2018-19 Acceptance of New format for IEC

Trade Notice No. 23/2018-19 Amendment in policy and Procedure for Online Application

Trade Notice No. 02/2018-19 Launch of facility to check status of Importer Exporter code(IEC) application made to DGFT

For view your IEC : http://dgft.delhi.nic.in:8100/dgft/IecPrint

For Check your IEC status at ICEGATE : https://www.icegate.gov.in/EnqMod/


Published by PEAK bcs as on December 01, 2018

Author : ARUN KP

The data are extracted from the DGFT and ICEGATE websites.

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