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IEC Certification


Import Export Code  (in short IEC Code) is a ten digit number with permanent validity granted by Directorate General of Foreign Trade under Ministry  of Commerce and Industry, to any genuine person/ company for carrying out import/export. Importers are not allowed to proceed without this code and exporters can’t take benefit of exports from DGFT, customs, Export Promotion Council, if they don’t have this code.

In the following instances the IE Code would be required:

  • When an importer has to clear his shipments from the customs then it’s needed by the customs authorities.
  • When an importer sends money abroad through banks then it’s needed by the bank.
  • When an exporter has to send his shipments then it’s needed by the customs port.
  • When an exporter receives money in foreign currency directly into his bank account then submission of IEC is required by the bank.
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Global Market Reach

As said, it is the primary requirement for the import into and export from India for the goods and specified services which enables the businesses to unlock the opportunities across the globe in international business market. It increases the global reach of the business and hence opens door for growth and expansion.

Online Registration

Obtaining IEC is completely online process through its common portal. The online IEC registration application makes hassles little with a simplified documents list attached therewith to support the application.

Simple Document Requirement

The Import–Export Code can be obtained by any business entity or an individual. Below are the mandatory documents that are required for the Import Export Code Registration.

  • PAN Card of the Applicant
  • Passport Size photograph of the applicant
  • Cancelled Cheque
  • Address proof of the Business

PAN Based Registration

The Code is provided based on the Permanent Account Number of the business organization. Therefore, the registration is not required based on place of business rather, a single business entity may require only one registration. As and when the business is dissolved, the registration is also revoked or surrendered.

Life Time Validity

IEC registration is permanent registration which is valid for life time. Hence there will be no hassles for updating, filing and renewal the IEC registration. It is valid till the business exists or the registration is not revoked or surrendered.

Benefits of Schemes

IEC code has huge benefit for importers as well as exporters. The registered business entities would be able to avail benefits in form of subsidies or otherwise declared by the Customs, Export Promotion Council or other authorities. After filing LUT under GST, the exporters can make exports without payment of taxes. In case the exports are made with payment of taxes, the exporter is able to claim refunds of the amount paid as tax.

No Compliance

Unlike other tax registrations, the importer or exporter does not require to fulfil any specific compliance requirement such as Annual Filings or return filings. The code possesses no need of compliance after registration.

No Annual Maintenance

As there is no compliance listed, there is no requirement of annual maintenance fees to be paid after obtaining this code. There is no requirement of filings or renewal of the registration for each Financial Year or otherwise.

Legally Clean

Obtaining the code is the license for importing and exporting goods and services for business purpose. It is a chief legal license that makes the cross border transactions easy and legal.

Reduces the risk of Illegal transportation

IEC helps to eradicate the illegal transportation or illegal exports and imports. The centralised registration helps the officials to supervise and better administer the transactions undertaken as a part of cross border business. The accountability of prohibited or restricted transactions is apportioned well.

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