How do I Proceed After my IEC Application Gets Rejected?

Last Updated at: Feb 03, 2021
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In a recent notification, the DGFT has asked for attention of all exporters and importers regarding the proposed rollout of its digital IEC platform. The new platform is accessible through user-based IDs for applying online. All IEC holders are encouraged to create login IDs through an online registration process preferably well before the rollout of the next phase of the platform.


The Import Export Code is the most integral registration that any import or export business in India can have. It enables such businesses to engage in importing and exporting, and also allows them to avail various benefits offered by the government. Hence, all entrepreneurs who wish to start an export or import business in India must file an IEC application. However, what do you do if your IEC application gets rejected? In this article, we will take an in-depth look at the process of filing an IEC application and how to proceed if your IEC application gets rejected.

  1. What are the different options to file an IEC application online?

  2. Different outcomes while filing an e-IEC Application?

  3. What are the different ways in which you can pay the IEC modification fees online?

  4. Common errors users encounter while applying for an IE Code online?

  5. What are the common errors users face while making an IEC application online?

  6. How do I proceed after my IEC application gets rejected?

What are the different options to file an IEC application online?

Through the DGFT 

  1. Users must first visit the DGFT’s official website via this link.
  2. Next, applicants must click on the Apply for new IEC/Modify Existing IEC option.
  3. To proceed, users will have to provide their PAN card number now and click on Search.
  4. The applicant will then have to enter their full name as it appears on their PAN card, along with their Date of Birth or Date of Incorporation.
  5. The system will then verify these details using the CBDT’s PAN database and redirect you to the DGFT’s IEC application page.

What are the different outcomes while filing an e-IEC Application?

  1. If your PAN details are correct, a Login option appears allowing users to apply for a new IEC application.
  2. In case the PAN number you provided already has an IEC attached to it, the system will display an option asking whether you wish to modify your existing IEC. Users can now choose to either view their IEC application or modify it.
  3. If the user wishes to migrate their old IEC to a new format on the same PAN card, the screen will display an option for the same. The user will have to enter their token number, and on clicking submit the system will migrate the old IEC to the new format automatically.
  4. In case the user does not complete their e-IEC application, the system will take the user to a new screen from where they can add their details.
  5. If the DGFT authority has rejected your e-IEC application, the system will allow you to either view your rejection letter or reapply. On choosing the View option, users will be able to see their Rejection letter once they provide a token number. To reapply, the users must click on the appropriate message and provide their details again.

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What are the different ways in which you can pay the IEC modification fees online?

  • After making the required changes to their e-IEC application, the user must click on the Pay Online option from the main menu. 
  • On clicking the Application Fee option, users will be redirected to a new screen appears which displays the following information;
  1. PAN or IEC number
  2. Fee amount to be paid 
  3. Number of successful transactions paid by the applicant
  • Next, the user has to press the Submit button to open the Payment Confirmation Screen.
  • If all the details displayed are correct, click on the Proceed button to go to a new window which displays the following payment options;
  1. Credit Card/ Debit Card
  2. Debit Card with ATM PIN
  3. Internet Banking
  • Enter all the required details and click on Make Payment.
  • You will now receive an OTP on your registered mobile number.
  • Enter this OTP into the appropriate field and click on Submit to complete the transaction.

What are common error users encounter while applying for an IE Code online?

Several users have encountered a Java Error when applying online for their IEC. The error is shown below, and we will now take a look at how to mitigate this error.


Access denied 

(“” “″ “connect, resolve”)

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of Java (V 8.0) installed on your computer.
  2. Go to the folder marked C:Program FilesJavajre1.8.0_31libsecurity / C:Program Files (x86)Javajre1.8.0_31libsecurity
  3. Next, the applicant must open the Java Policy file and copy the content given below; 

permission Permission;

  1. Add this line of code to the end of the file and if the system does not allow you to modify the code, save it in a temporary folder. Users must then copy this file and paste in the original folder.
  2. Restart your computer to ensure all the changes have been saved.
  3. From your browser, delete recent history and all other temporary files and make changes to your internet security.
  4. Go to Control Panel >> Programs >>Java >> Security option >> Edit site list and click on the Add button.
  5. Add the following websites to the list and 
  6. Click on Ok and try again to complete your IEC application online.

What are the common errors users face while making an IEC application online?

  • Incompatibility issues: The new portal works well with the latest version of the following browsers;
  1. Google Chrome 
  2. Mozilla Firefox 
  3. Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge
  4. Apple Safari
  • Incomplete Details: The system will not allow you to proceed further without providing complete details of all your partners, directors or trustees.
  • Details Not Matching: The system will show an error if your company name and name on the bank account does not match. In this case, make sure you have removed all the white spaces and have uploaded a supporting document regarding your Bank Account.
  • Validation Issue: This arises when the IEC number provided does not match against the details provided for that number. 
  • DSC issues: Most of these arise because applicants do not install the two sets of system drivers required to use the DSC. The two drivers are the DSC Token Driver and the EMUDHRA Application Driver.

How do I proceed after my IEC application gets rejected?

  1. First and foremost, go to the official DGFT website and log in.
  2. Enter your PAN number and click on Search.
  3. The system will ask you to enter your company name, date of incorporation, file number and date.
  4. Provide these details and click on Submit to allow the system to verify the details entered.
  5. After verification, the system will dispatch OTPs to your registered mobile number and email ID.
  6. Enter these OTPs into the appropriate field and click on Submit.
  7. Opt for the Apply again after rejection option and go ahead and re-submit your application.

How VakilSearch Can Help

  1. The lawyers at VakilSearch will help you go over your business and understand what licenses and certificates you need to start operations.
  2. Our experts will then help you with the documentation required to apply for the licenses mentioned above and certifications.
  3. We will also help file all your applications, and obtain the certificates required to start your export-import business in India.