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Import Export Code Registration - an Overview.

An import export code is a unique 10-digit code that is required for every import/export business owner in India. The code is issued by the Director-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce, and needs no filing or renewal. IEC is required by importers to clear customs and shipment, and to transfer money to foreign banks. Exporters require their IEC to send shipments and receive money from foreign banks. In short, no importer/exporter can operate in India without getting the IEC.

Benefits

  • The IEC registration helps traders open the doors to venture into the global market, including registration in online e-commerce operators
  • Businesses can avail government schemes like the Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS), the Service Export from India Scheme (SEIS), and others from customs and export promotion
  • No compliance requirements pos registration and hence maintaining the business is relatively simple
  • The process of obtaining IEC is not tedious and can be obtained with minimal, basic documents.

How to Register for an IEC

To get your import export license online, you will need to do the following simple IEC registration steps.

  • Step 1: All the required documents, including bank details and DSC, have to be submitted
  • Step 2:The online IEC application form will be filed with the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)
  • Step 3: Once the documents and application are verified by the authorities, the import export code will be granted as a soft copy to the entity.

Documents Required

The documents required for an IEC registration are relatively easy to get together. Only a few documents are required, which are listed below.

  • PAN card of the company (not applicable in case of the proprietor)
  • Applicant’s PAN and Aadhaar card (driving license/Aadhaar/voter ID)
  • Incorporation certificate/partnership deed
  • Address proof (electricity bill/rent agreement/sale deed of the office location)
  • Copy of cancelled cheque leaf/banker certificate of the current account in the name of the company.


Eligibility

Any type of business registration: sole proprietorship, partnership, private limited companies, charitable organizations dealing with import and exports of goods can register for import-export code, irrespective of the size. However, an IEC is not required for import/export of goods for personal use, which are not connected with trade, manufacture, or agriculture. There is no need for a business set up.

Exemption of IEC

  • Persons undertaking import and export of goods for personal reasons and not connected to trade, agriculture and manufacture
  • Through Indo-Myanmar border areas and China (via NamgayaShipkila, Gunji, and Nathula ports), the parties/individuals who import/export goods to/from Nepal and Myanmar with single consignment must not exceed the value of ₹25,000
  • As listed in appendix - 3, schedule 2 of ITC, exemption from obtaining IEC shall not be applicable for export of materials, organisms, special chemicals, equipments & technologies (SCOMET)
  • Ministries/departments of central and state governments.

Following permanent IEC numbers shall be used by non-commercial PSUs and categories of importers/exporters mentioned against them for import/export purposes.

S.NoCode NumberCategories of Importers / Exporters
10100000011All Ministries / Departments of Central Government and agencies wholly or partially owned by them.
20100000029All Ministries / Departments of any State Government and agencies wholly or partially owned by them.
30100000037Diplomatic personnel, Counselor officers in India and officials of UNO and its specialised agencies.
40100000045Indians returning from / going abroad and claiming benefit under Baggage Rules.
50100000053Persons / Institutions / Hospitals importing or exporting goods for personal use, not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture.
60100000061Persons importing/exporting goods from/to Nepal
70100000070Persons importing/exporting goods from/to Myanmar through Indo-Myanmar border areas
80100000088Ford Foundation
90100000096Importers importing goods for display or use in fairs/exhibitions or similar events under provisions of ATA Carnet. This IEC number can also be used by importers importing for exhibitions/fairs as per Para 2.29 of HBPv1.
100100000100Director, National Blood Group Reference Laboratory, Bombay or their authorized offices.
110100000126Individuals / Charitable Institution / Registered NGOs importing goods, which have been exempted from Customs duty under Notification issued by Ministry of Finance for bonafide use by victims affected by natural calamity.
120100000134Persons importing/exporting permissible goods as notified from time to time, from/to China through Gunji, Namgaya Shipkila and Nathula ports, subject to value ceilings of single consignment as given in Para 2.8(iv) above.
130100000169Non-commercial imports and exports by entities who have been authorized by Reserve Bank of India.

Commercial public sector undertakings (PSU) who have obtained PAN will, however, be required to obtain the import export code number. The permanent IEC number as mentioned above shall be used by non-commercial PSUs.

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  • The entire procedure with us takes approximately 10 days
  • We will assist you in obtaining your import export licence online.

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Importer Exporter Code Glossary

AES: Automated Export System

Automated export system (AES) is the system used by U.S. exporters to electronically declare their international exports to the census bureau to help compile U.S. export and trade statistics.

FTR: Foreign Trade Regulations

Trade regulation is a field of law, often bracketed with antitrust, including government regulation of unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive business acts or practices.

POA: Power of Attorney

A power of attorney or letter of attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another's behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. The person authorizing the other to act is the principal, grantor, or donor (of the power). The one authorized to act is the agent or, in some common law jurisdictions, the attorney-in-fact.

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