Application Procedure for Importer Exporter Code (IEC)

Last Updated at: Oct 05, 2020
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The foreign trade arm of the Ministry of Commerce, DGFT, is introducing a digital service delivery portal. The services include the issuance of Import-Export Code (IEC), a step aimed at improving traders’ ease of doing business.


The export trade procedure may differ from one country to another. Being an exporter you will have to scrutinize the intent to ensure that the terms and conditions included in it are in accordance with the import and export policy of the country. To obtain the IEC number, the exporter has to apply to the Regional Import-Export Licensing Authority mentioned in the form.

An Importer-Exporter Code or IEC is essential for importing to or exporting from India. It is a 10-digit code with lifelong validity for all the branches mentioned in it. An application can be submitted online, too, with the following scanned documents:

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Documents Required for IEC
1. Request for issue of IEC Number on entity’s letterhead.
2. Two copies of completed Aayaat Niryaat Form ANF, self-attested by the applicant
3. Certificate from the banker of the applicant, as per Appendix 18A.
4. Self-attested copy of PAN card. Only one IEC can be issued against a single PAN number.
5. Two passport-sized photographs of the applicant/directors/partners.
6. Copies of Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and Incorporation Certificate (in case of company) or LLP Agreement (in case of LLP).

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Procedure for IEC
1. Head over to the DGFT website and click on the IEC Online Application option.
2. Enter the PAN and select the ‘Create’ option from the file menu.
3. The system will generate a new E-comm Reference Number.
4. You can now enter all the details, such as the name, address, PAN card details, bank account details, etc.
5. You must now pay the Rs. 250 to the DGFT through electronic transfer.
6. Upload the above-mentioned documents in PDF format.

So long as your submissions are correct, you will receive the IEC within a week at the address you mention in your application (which should be the same as the address in the letterhead).

If you have any further queries, refer to this DGFT document.

You need to file the Importer Exporter Code number in various import-export formalities. Thus, the IEC number has great importance if your business deals with importing and exporting of goods. When submitting the application form, you will have to provide some documents too. An IEC number is issued only when the authority is satisfied with the formalities and documents provided.

Avani Mishra is a graduate in law from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal. She qualified the Company Secretary course with an All India Rank 1 and is a recipient of the President’s Gold Medal for her academic distinctions. She also holds a B.Com degree with a specialization in Corporate Affairs and Administration.