Import and Export Code

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Import and Export Code

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Import Export Code is mandatory for all business entities who are into the business of importing and exporting of goods in India.Import Export Code is many a times abbreviated as IEC also.Import Export Code is issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India. Import Export Code has Lifetime Validity. Anyone can obtain the code in their name, though it does not necessarily require establishing a business


Some of the leading benefits of Import and Export Code include:

  • IEC holder does not require filing of any returns
  • Any Person who is involved in IEC in India must get a importer exporter code.
  • An importer exporter code is valid for lifetime and thus it doesn’t require a renewal.
  • If original IEC,issued in format Appendix 18B,is lost or misplaced,issued RA may consider request for grant of a duplicate copy of IEC in the same format Appendix 18B,based on an affidavit

Documents Required

Documents required for IEC for INDIVIDUAL (All Soft Copy)

  • Letter Head of Proprietorship Firm. (If available)
  • Proprietorship Firm Name and Address
  • Copy of PAN Card
  • Passport size Photograph
  • Address Proof like- Aadhar card, Voter card, Driving License
  • Cancelled cheque of current account of Firm / Bank Certificate (Format willrnbe provided.)
  • E-mail ID and Mobile No

Documents required for IEC for PARTNERSHIP (All Soft Copy)

  • Managing Partner Photo
  • All Partners Address proof and Pan Card
  • Copy of Partnership deed. (If available)
  • Letter Head of Partnership Firm. (If available)
  • Partnership Firm Name, Address, Branch’s Address if any andrnMobile No. and E-mail Id
  • Copy of PAN card of firm
  • Cancelled cheque of current account of firm/Bank Certificate (Format will bernprovided)

Documents required for IEC for COMPANY (All Soft Copy)

  • Photo of Managing Director
  • Copy of PAN Card of company
  • Cancelled cheque of current account/Bank Certificate (Format will be Provided)
  • Letter Head of Company. (If available)
  • Company Name and Address of Registered Office and Branches if any
  • Company E-mail ID and Phone
  • All Directors Mobile and E-mail

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Get answers to all your queriesFAQs On Import and Export code

Anyone who intends to import export goods and services from or to India must obtain Import export code.

Import export code is 10-digit alpha-numeric code required by business who are involved in import and export in India.

Generally it takes 7 days to get the importer exporter code after the submission of all required documents and application