Import Export Code Registration

Business entities which are involved in Import and Export of Goods are required to obtain Import- Export Code from Director General of Foreign Trade. In order to obtain Import Export code application is to be made to DGFT through dgft.gov.in along with the necessary supporting documents along with the payment of prescribed government fees as applicable. Director General of Foreign Trade deals in all the applications, processes and procedures regarding granting of Import and Export licenses and regarding issue of exemptions if any applicable.

Therefore, it states that no Import or Export shall be done without IEC Code unless any exemption is granted regarding the same. Once IEC code is issued is valid for lifetime. It is valid till the business exists or the existing registration is either revoked or surrendered. Once issued, no further compliances is to be done further regarding the filling of annual returns or other returns like in GST or other registrations.

Benefits of obtaining IEC Code

Easy Registration Process
Hassle free online registration process makes its registration process very easy and simpler.

No Annual Compliances
Once IEC code is issued unlike GST there are no further returns of annual returns are required.

To avail benefit of Government Schemes
In many government schemes For Eg Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS), Service Exports from India Scheme (SEIS), Duty Exemption and Remission Schemes whose benefit can be obtained only after obtaining IEC Code.

Increasing scope of Business
Scope of business is improved after obtaining IEC Code. Export can be done to other countries thereby strengthening relation with other countries.

Pre-requisites of IEC Code

  • PAN Number
  • Goods and Service Tax Registration Number
  • Current Account must be opened with bank

Documents required for IEC Code Registration

For Proprietor

  • Self Attested PAN card of Owner
  • Self attested Aadhaar No/ Voter ID/ Passport/ Driving License of Owner
  • Passport size photograph of Owner
  • Name of Enterprise
  • Date of Commencement of Business
  • Copy of cancelled cheque
  • Contact No
  • E-Mail ID
  • Address of organization along with address Proof Eg:- Any utility Bill which shall not be older than 2 Months
  • Rent agreement + NOC if rented
  • Description of business Activities Conducted

For Partnership Firm

  • Self Attested PAN card of all the Partners
  • Self attested Aadhaar No of all the Partners
  • Passport size photograph of all the Partners
  • Copy of PAN Card of Partnership Firm
  • Copy of cancelled cheque
  • Contact No
  • E-Mail ID
  • Address of organization along with address Proof Eg:- Any utility Bill which shall not be older than 2 Months
  • Rent agreement + NOC if rented
  • Partnership Deed
  • Description of business Activities Conducted

For LLP

  • Self Attested PAN card of all the Partners/ Designated Partners
  • Self attested Aadhaar No of all the Partners/ Designated Partners
  • Passport size photograph of all the Partners/ Designated Partners
  • Copy of PAN Card of LLP
  • Copy of cancelled cheque
  • Contact No
  • E-Mail ID
  • Address of organization along with address Proof Eg:- Any utility Bill which shall not be older than 2 Months
  • Rent agreement + NOC if rented
  • Description of business Activities Conducted
  • LLP Agreement
  • Certificate of Incorporation of LLP

For Corporate Enterprise

  • Self Attested PAN card of all the Directors
  • Self attested Aadhaar No of all the Directors
  • Passport size photograph of all the Directors
  • Copy of PAN Card of Company
  • Copy of cancelled cheque
  • Contact No
  • E-Mail ID
  • Address of organization along with address Proof
  • Rent agreement + Noc if rented
  • Description of business Activities Conducted along with MOA and AOA of the Company
  • Certificate of Incorporation of Company

For Society or Trust

  • Self Attested PAN card of Signatory Applicant
  • Self attested Aadhaar No of Signatory Applicant
  • Passport size photograph of Signatory Applicant
  • Copy of PAN Card of Society or Trust
  • Copy of cancelled cheque
  • Contact No
  • E-Mail ID
  • Address of organization along with address Proof
  • Rent agreement+ NOC if rented
  • Description of business Activities Conducted along with Trust Deed
  • Registration certificate of Society/ Trust

For HUF

  • Self Attested PAN card of Karta
  • Self attested Aadhaar No of Karta
  • Passport size photograph of Karta
  • Copy of PAN Card of HUF
  • Copy of cancelled cheque
  • Contact No
  • E-Mail ID
  • Address of organization along with address Proof. Eg:- Any utility Bill which shall not be older than 2 Months
  • Rent agreement + NOC if rented
  • Description of business Activities Conducted by HUF along with HUF Deed

Pricing

Normal

Starting at Rs.2,999/- Onwards
  • DSC Application
  • Import Export Code Registration

Standard

Starting at Rs.9,999/- Onwards
  • DSC Application
  • Import Export Code Registration
  • Annual Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Annual ITR Filing

Executive

Starting at Rs.15,999/- Onwards
  • DSC Application
  • Import Export Code Registration
  • GST Registration
  • Annual Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Annual ITR Filing
  • GSTR 3B and GSTR-1 Filing

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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether more than one IEC can be issued against one PAN?

Only one IEC would be issued against a single PAN number. Any proprietor can have only one IEC number and in case there are more than one IECs allotted to a proprietor, the same may be surrendered to the Regional Office for cancellation. In case of more than one proprietorship firm belonging to one proprietor, they will be indicated as branch offices of the first firm.

How much time does it take to get an IEC?

The IEC Code can be issued within 2 -3 working Days. Depending upon the documents provided by the client along with processing time taken by the department.

What happens if IEC Number is lost or misplaced?

In such a case, you need to provide an affidavit so that the issuing authority of the IEC code can issue a copy of your IEC number.

Can I surrender my IEC Number?

Yes you can. You need to inform the issuing the authority about such decision. And they shall immediately cancel your IEC number after electronically transmitting it to DGFT for onward transmission to the Customs and Regional Authorities.

How can I get a duplicate IEC certificate online?

If you have taken IEC Certificate in new process e-IEC online, then you can download your certificate any time by login into the IEC portal with your username details. But if you had taken your IEC in physical process, you have to re-apply for e-IEC with all the documents and DGFT will provide you certificate in new online format.