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IEC Registration

Overview of IEC Registration
IEC registration stands for Importer Exporter Code registration. It is a unique 10-digit code issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in India. IEC registration is mandatory for any person or entity seeking to engage in import or export activities in India. The code acts as an identification number and is used for clearing customs, availing benefits under various schemes, and conducting international trade. The IEC registration process involves submitting an application with the required documents to the DGFT. Once approved, the IEC code is issued, allowing the entity to freely engage in import and export operations. It is an essential requirement for businesses involved in cross-border trade in India.
Benefits of
IEC Code

Unlock international markets and expand business globally.

Avail benefits from DGFT, Customs, and Export Promotion Council.

No need to file returns once IEC License is obtained.

Helps in the growth and development of the business.

Makes the business registration process easy.

Lifetime validity and requires no renewal.

No need for separate IEC for GST registered traders

Procedure to Submit IEC Registration online
  • Go to the DGFT website.
  • Click on the Services tab.
  • Enter your PAN number.
  • Enter the relevant details.
  • Submit a passport-sized photograph of the applicant, the director, or the partner.
  • Make the payment of Rs. 500 as the application fee.
  • Preview and print the application.
  • Finalize the submission.
  • Receive the IEC within a week at the address mentioned in the application
Documents Required IEC code registration

Here is the list of IEC registration documents

  1. Digital photograph of the managing partner.
  2. Copy of passport (first & last page)/Voter ID/Aadhaar Card/Driving License.
  3. Copy of PAN card.
  4. Self-attested copy of address proof (Voter ID/Aadhaar Card/Driving License/Passport/Electricity Bill/Telephone Bill).
  5. Cancelled cheque from the bank.
  6. Business proof (GST registration certificate/incorporation certificate).
  7. Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

Frequently Asked Question

What is IEC registration?

 IEC registration is a mandatory requirement for businesses that wish to engage in import or export activities in India. This registration is issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and serves as a unique identification number for the business. 

How do I get IEC approval?

To obtain IEC approval, businesses must submit an application to the DGFT along with the required documents and IEC registration fees. Once approved, the IEC number is valid for the lifetime of the business and can be used for all import and export transactions.  

Is IEC compulsory for all businesses?

Yes, obtaining an IEC is mandatory for any business involved in import or export activities, regardless of its size or nature. Failure to obtain an IEC can lead to fines and legal implications.  

What is the benefit of an IEC certificate?

An IEC certificate enables businesses to expand their operations globally by allowing them to participate in international trade and access various benefits and incentives offered by the government. It also helps in establishing credibility and building trust with foreign partners and customers.

What is the validity of the IEC?

The validity of an IEC certificate is usually for a lifetime, unless the business undergoes any changes in its legal structure or operations. It is important to note that the certificate needs to be renewed in case of any such changes.