IEC Stands for IMPORTER EXPORTER CODE which contains 10 digit number issued by Director General of Foreign Trade, Department of Commerce, Government of India. All businesses engaged in importing and exporting goods required to obtain IEC.

Any bona fide person/ company starting a venture for International trade of Export and Import has to apply for IEC. If any foreign transfer on account of business, IEC number is mandatory.

It has permanent validity.


Required at clearing customs

All Importers who import goods into India require an IE Code. The IE Code must be quoted while clearing customs.

Required for sending shipments

All Exporters who export goods or services from India require an IE Code. The IE Code must be quoted while sending shipments.

No Return Filing

Importer and Exporter having IEC does not require filing of any return.

Individuals can have IE Code

Individuals who are proprietors of a business can obtain IE Code in their name.

Documents Required

  • For Individual/ Proprietor/ Partner/ Director

    Copy of PAN Card, Passport size Photograph, Copy of Aadhaar Card, Voter identity card, Telephone Bill in the name of the Individual (In case of individual), Cancelled cheque of individual

  • Documents in respect of Entity

    Copy of PAN Card firm/company, Copy of Electricity/ water /Telephone bill (Business Place), Copy of Property papers (If owned property), Copy of Rent agreement (If rented property), Landlord NOC (Format will be provided by us), Board Resolution (In case


  • 5
    IEC Certificate
  • 4
    Submission of Documents to Department
    2 to 3 days
  • 3
    Online Application
    2 to 3 Days
  • 2
    Verification of Information
    2 to 3 Days
  • 1
    Collection of Information

You will get

  • Application Preparation

  • Application Filing

  • Application Fee

  • IEC Registration

No. IEC a primary document for recognition by Govt. of India as Exporter / Importer.  However, if value of goods is very low, the concerned customs officer may permit first export (only one time)   by imposing penal charges.

IEC is required to avail any benefits provided to Exporter / Importer from DGFT, customs, Export Promotion Council etc.

IEC number is issued by Directory General of Foreign Trade at each regional offices where the exporter/importer situates.

The necessary application for IEC can be downloaded from DGFT website and follow procedures.

Yes, online application can be filed for issue of new IEC.

No, after filing application online, take a print out and attach the necessary documents submit. There is no additional requirements for filling form