How to Get an IEC for Exporting Vegetables from India to Nepal

Last Updated at: Feb 03, 2021
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According to an official data released on 2nd December, 2020, India’s exports witnessed a fall of 9 percent in November 2020. However, export of fruits and vegetables recorded a positive growth of 5.33% in November 2020 over the corresponding month of last year.


Planning to start an import and export business, then the first thing that you need to get access to is the IEC code. The IEC registration has been made mandatory. The process of registration is simple. In this blog, we will be highlighting the necessary steps that you need to take to start the export of vegetables from India to Nepal.

What is IEC?

Before delving deeper into how you can start doing the export of vegetables to Nepal, you must know what IEC is and whether your business needs it or not. While it’s a fact that you need the IEC for import and export business, there are conditions that exempt certain businesses from registering for IEC for doing business outside India. 

IEC is Import and Export Code. It is a 10-digit number that is the registration number issued by the Director-General of Foreign Trade or DGFT, Government of India. This registration number is an indication that your business is registered and you can do the business with ease. Moreover, there are certain benefits that the Government of India gives to the registered companies, and if you have the IEC, then you can avail these benefits.  Another noticeable feature of IEC is that once you have registered the company, you don’t need to renew the licence. It has lifetime validity.

Now the question that we want to focus on is whether we need a licence for exporting vegetables from India to Nepal.

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Registering the company for IEC

For any import and export business, you need to register your company with the DGFT, and you should take the following steps:
  • To begin the IEC registration process, you must log on to DGFT. And here you will find the IEC tab, click on this tab.
  • In the next step, you need to fill the IEC application. Here you are required to fill in details like name, email ID, address, etc. Once you have entered all the details, you will receive an OTP on your mobile number. Fill in the OTP and then click on the submit button.
  • After this, you will be required to submit the supporting documents like PAN card, account detail, and data of the start of business. Once you have entered all the required documents, you must proceed with submission.
  • After this, you will be required to upload digital copies of all the documents.
  • Now submit the form, and on successful completion, you will get the Ecom Reference Number.
  • Take a printout of the completed form of the IEC code and submit it to the DGFT office of your area.
  • The DGFT office might send someone for the verification of the office address. Once this verification is done successfully, you will get the complete details of your IEC code in 3-7 working days.
This was the basic information about the registration step for those who wish to do the import and export business. Vakilsearch helps you simply register your IEC. Submit details here, we connect with you and take all the required papers. Further, we assist you at each and every stage of the registration procedure. 

Few things are important to note. If you are exporting vegetables from India to Nepal, and the single consignment value doesn’t exceed Rs. 25,000, then you don’t have to register for IEC. But if the value is more, then you need to register your business with DGFT. This is by submitting the Aayaat and Niryaat Form.


IEC registration has been mandatory; however, there are certain exemptions from this, like the one discussed above. If you wish to avail the benefits offered by the government to the registered companies. Then you have to register your company. You can do it yourself, or avail of services of VakilSearch that deals with the IEC registration.