Import Export Code Registration

The first requirement before you start an import/ export business in India is to obtain an IEC. An IEC is necessary for import/export of goods. In case the import/export is of services or technology, IEC is required in only limited circumstances. IEC Code is ten digit number generated by Director General of Foreign Trade and Ministry of Commerce. IEC can be obtained from any of the Zonal and Regional offices of Director General of Foreign Trade depending on area/region where the individual/company is located.Only one IEC would be issued against a single PAN number. On the basis of IEC, companies can obtain various benefits on their exports/imports from DGFT, Customs, Export Promotion Council etc. The customs will not allow for clearance of goods unless the importer has obtained an Import Export Code (IEC) from the regional authority.



IEC is mandatory for all persons doing imports/exports. Without registration of IEC code import / export is not permissible. 

No Return Filing

Once IEC is issued, there is no obligation of any return filing with government. IEC should be quoted only at the time of import or export of goods or services.

Importers Require IEC

All Importers who import goods into India require an IE Code. The IE Code must be quoted while clearing customs. Also, banks require the importers IE Code while sending money abroad.

Exporters Require IEC

All Exporters who export goods from India. The IE Code must be quoted while sending shipments. And banks require the exporters IE Code while receiving money from abroad.

Quick Processing

Process of obtaining IEC code registration taken 8-10 working day. After verification of form DGFT authorities grant IEC registration number to person.

Online Process

Registration of IEC is online process where documents required to be submitted to DGFT authorities. Hence scan documents required for processing IEC Code.


What is IEC?


Can Export / Import be made without IEC?

No. IEC forms a primary document for recognition by Govt. of India as an Exporter / Importer

What are the benefits of IEC?

On the basis of IEC, companies can obtain various benefits on their exports/imports from DGFT, Customs, Export Promotion Council etc.

Can individuals obtain IE Code?

Yes, individuals acting as Proprietors of a business can obtain IE Code Registration.

What are the documents required for IE Code registration?

To obtain IE Code registration, a copy of PAN Card, proof of address of business and constitution of the business [Partnership deed, Incorporation Certificate, etc.,and a letter from the banker is required.

How long does it take to obtain IE Code registration?

IEC Registration can be obtained from the DGFT in 5-10 working days after submission of all required documents and application.

Who issues the Import Export Code ?

The Director General of Foreign Trade of India issues the Import Export Code.

Do I have to file any returns for IE Code??

No. Returns need NOT be filed for IE Code.

What are the documents required for obtaining IEC?

Only 3 documents are required for obtaining IEC i.e. Photograph, PAN Card and Cancel Cheque or bank certificate.

How long is the IE Code valid for?

IEC is valid for life-time of the entity and renewal is also not necessary.

Process Flow

Import Export Code Registration

Our expert team will help you to obtain your IEC code for business in 5 to 10 days

1 Day

We Prepare Application

Our expert team will prepare IEC code applicaiton along with the necessay  documents to be submitted.

1 Day

Submission of Documents

Our team will submit applicaiton to DGFT for the furthr  process to obtain IEC Code

1 Day

Get registration completed

Once the application and the attached documents are verified, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade will allot a IE Code for your business.

1 Day

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