Importer Exporter Code Registration

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What is Importer Exporter Code Registration

An Import Export Code (IEC) is a 10-digit code necessary for Indian import/export businesses. It's issued by the DGFT, Ministry of Commerce, and doesn't require filing or renewal. Importers need IEC to clear customs and make payments to foreign banks, while exporters need it to send shipments and receive payments.The IEC Number is essential for any importer/exporter operating in India.

Situations Where IEC Code Is Required

You can use the IEC code in the following scenarios :

  • When a shipment needs to be cleared by customs, the customs authorities require it from the importer
  • When an importer transfers money overseas using banks, the bank requires it
  • When an exporter has to dispatch their shipments, the customs port requires it
  • When an exporter directly receives foreign currency into their bank account, the bank mandates it.

Documents Required for IEC Code Registration

The documents required for an IEC License registration 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 to Get IEC Code


Register for Importer Exporter Code (IEC) to import goods into India.

IEC must be quoted during customs clearance.

Banks demand IE Code for international money transfers.


Required to register for IEC to export goods from India.

IEC must be quoted for shipments.

Banks require IE Code for receiving foreign funds.


IBP can obtain an IE Code in their name.

Incorporating a company is not necessary to obtain an IE Code.

Benefits of IEC Code

  • The IEC registration helps traders including online e-commerce operators open the doors to venture into the global market

  • 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 post registration and hence maintaining the business is relatively simple.

  • The process of obtaining IEC Code is not tedious and can be obtained with minimal, basic documents.

Import Export CodeFAQs

  • Log in to the DGFT's official website to access your IEC certificate.
  • Navigate to the Services section and choose IEC Profile Management
  • Scroll down and locate My IEC, then click on Print IEC.
  • Follow these steps to obtain your IEC certificate in PDF format.

In addition to registering your IEC, it is crucial to periodically revise and amend all pertinent business information. Neglecting to update these modifications as an importer or exporter can result in inconsistencies during customs inspections. Ensuring that changes such as PAN updates, director alterations, and the inclusion or removal of partners are promptly updated will streamline the export procedure.

Yes, businesses below the threshold can voluntarily register for GST. This may be beneficial for businesses that want to avail themselves of input tax credits or appear more credible to customers.

For the enhancement of security during the issuance and registration procedures, the DGFT implemented the utilisation of a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). This DSC is mandated to be either Class-2 or Class-3, exclusively issued by certifying agencies in India that have received approval from the Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA).

An Import Export Code (IEC) is not mandatory, unless the service provider seeks to avail benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy.

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