Importer-Exporter Code

All businesses engaged in importing and exporting goods must have an Importer Exporter Code

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What is Importer Exporter Code?


All businesses engaged in importing and exporting goods must have an Importer Exporter Code (IEC). Without one, you cannot import or export. You don't need to be a registered entity to apply for one; you can apply even as an individual. The IEC does not apply to technology and services. However, it does in certain cases in which international trade is restricted, such as nuclear weapons and automatic guns. The IEC is a 10-digit code with permanent validity issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade.

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What You Need To Know


National Validity

The IEC, once issued, is valid throughout the county, in all your branches or factories. It needs to be quoted while your goods go through customs and while sending money abroad or receiving money from abroad.

No Filings Apply

The IEC is just a code. Once you have it, you can begin importing and exporting. You don't need to file the transactions done under this code or pay any taxes.

IEC Process


1 Working Day

You need to send in copies of PAN cards, identity, address proofs and four passport-sized photographs of the proprietor/partners/directors. Private limited companies must also submit the Memorandum and Articles of Association, and Certificate of Incorporation, while Partnerships must submit the Partnership Agreement. Details of the entity's current account and the type of exporter (in case of manufacturer, MSME registration details would need to be provided) need to be sent in. A copy of the company's letterhead may also be required.

5 Working Days

We will file the application in the required Aayaat Niryaat Form 2A (ANF 2A) format to the Regional Authority of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in the region where the registered office of the company is situated.

7 Working Days

Within two working days, the IEC should be ready. If the documents are not in order or the inspector asks for additional documents, the registration process will be completed as soon as you submit them. You will receive the IEC code at this time.

Types of Government Registrations


Importer-Exporter Code VAT Registration Shops & Establishments Act Professional Tax Registration Service Tax Registration
Who It's For
Importers & exporters Sellers of goods All businesses All employers Service providers
When You Need It
For any imports or exports When sales cross Rs. 5 lakh Within 30 days of operations Within 30 days of operations When sales cross Rs. 9 lakh
Returns to be Filed
No Yes No Yes Yes
Issuing Authority
Directorate General of Foreign Trade State Government Municipal Corporation State Government Central Government
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Why Vakilsearch


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We've tied-up with some of the best vendors in major cities of the country to get you your Importer-Exporter Code. We've completed 500+ registrations in the past 12 months.

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We make your interaction with government as smooth as is possible by doing all the paperwork for you. We will also give you absolute clarity on the process to set realistic expectations.

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Our team of experienced business advisors are a phone call away, should you have any queries about the process. But we'll try to ensure that your doubts are cleared before they even arise.