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Import Export (IE) Code is a 10 digit code which is required for persons importing or exporting goods and services from or to India. IE Code is issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India.

IE Code application must be made to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade along with the necessary supporting documents. Once, the application is submitted, DGFT will issue the IE Code for the entity in 15 - 20 working days or less.

Benefits of IE Code Registration

LIFETIME VALIDITY IE Code is issued for the lifetime of the entity and requires no renewal. So once a IE Code is obtained, it can be used by that entity for all its import or export transactions without any further hassles.
NO COMPLIANCES IE Code does not require the filing of any return. Once, an IE Code is issued there are no further procedures required to maintain validity of the IE Code. Even if import or export transactions occur, there are no filings required to DGFT.
EASIER PROCESSING It is easier to obtain IE code from DGFT within 10-15 days after the submission of application. It is not required to show proof of any import or export to get IE code.
EXPAND BUSINESS IEC helps you to take your product or services to the international market and expand your businesses.
FACILITATES IMPORT AND EXPORT Whether you’re an importer or exporter, it is necessary have an IE code for all the transactions. Banks also require IE code to process money against the transaction.
LEGAL PROTECTION Once the IEC number gets generated the owner has the legal protection from getting penalized and other consequences.
NATIONAL VALIDITY The IEC, once issued, is valid throughout the county, in all your branches or factories. It needs to be quoted while your goods go through customs and while sending money abroad or receiving money from abroad.



IEC Code Registration


Application Preparation


Application Processing


IE Code Allotment

Legal Suvidha Providers can help your business obtain Import Export Code (IE Code) in 15 to 20 working days, subject to Government processing time.


Passport size photograph

Copy of PAN Card

Identity Proof (Election ID / Adhaar Card / Passport / Driving License)

Sale Deed (in case of business premise is self owned)

Certificate of Incorporation (in case of Company)

Rental/Lease Agreement (In case of of rented/leased)

Bank Certificate (in case cancelled cheque is not available)

Copy of Partnership deed (In case of Partnership)

Board Resolution/self declaration (In case of Company)

List of partners or directors in case of partnership firm/Limited Liability Partnership firm or Company respectively along with their residential address, ID proof, passport size photograph and PAN card.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IEC?
IEC stands for Importer Exporter Code.It is used in Importing and Exporting goods to and from India. No export shall be made by any person without and IEC number unless specifically exempted.

Is PAN essential for getting IEC number?
Yes,as per Government law,PAN is mandatory for getting IEC number.A photocopy of the PAN card has to be submitted along with application.

Can, I get IEC number without PAN card?
Yes,you can get IEC number without PAN card,if you have a PAN allotment letter form IT Department.

Can, I get 2 IEC number from same PAN card?
No,you can get only one IEC number from a single PAN card.

What should I do if I do not wish to operate the alloted number?
You, may surrender the original IEC by fulfilling all pending Liabilities and filing a declaration to IEC issuing that there is no obligation/Liability pending against him for any office of DGFT.

What are the benefits of IEC?
Companies can obtain various benefits on their exports/imports from DGFT, Customs and Export promotion council etc.

Is Import Export code mandatory for Importing goods?
It is mandatory to have an IEC number for importing goods.

Why is IE code required?
All importers must mention their IE Code while clearing customs when their goods arrive in India. All exporters must mention their IE Code while exporting their goods and services from India. Additionally, now RBI requests person importing or exporting services to also mention IE Code in foreign remittances in bank account. Therefore, IE Code is required for anyone involved in import or export in India.

Can a Public Limited Company/Private Limited Company/Partnership obtain different IEC's for different concerns owned by it?
No, however the name of each concern owned by such a company may be included in the IEC of the firm in whose name PAN card exists.

Is the requirement of IEC item based?
No,IEC is a permanent document issued to the Importer/Exporter only once and the same is not item based.

Can, I apply for a duplicate IEC number online?
No,you cannot apply for duplicate IEC number online.

How to apply for import export code?
An application must be made in the Aayaat Niryaat Form 2A (ANF 2A) format to the Regional Authority of the (DGFT) in the region where the registered office of the company is situated.

Who will issue import export code?
The DGFT has provided online filing facility for obtaining IEC and other authorizations.

What are the documents which need to be submitted?
Following documents are required to be uploaded during online application & submitted physically at department for obtaining new IEC:
S.No. Documents For Proprietorship For Partnership For Private Ltd./ Public Ltd.
1. PAN Card Personal PAN Card Partnership PAN Card Company’s PAN
2. List of Partners/ Directors Residential address, Pin Code, Phone Number, Father’s Name, ID Proof and PAN List of Partners with Residential Address, Pin Code, Phone Number on letter head, ID Proof and PAN List of Directors with, Residential Address, Pin Code, Phone Number on letter head, ID Proof and PAN
3. Memorandum and Articles of Association N.A. Partnership Deed-duly notarized, copy duly self certified. MOA
4. Bank Current Account Any National / International Bank
5. Bank Certificate Applicable
6. Photographs (Passport Size) 4 Nos. Every Partner– (4 Nos.) with mobile number Every Director– (4 Nos.) with mobile number
7. Phone and E-mail Applicable
8. Type of Exporter Merchant/Manufacturer/Service/Other/Merchant cum Manufacturer (if manufacturer, SSI(MSME)/IEM/Ind. License)

Who is not required to obtain IEC?
• Person exporting or importing goods for personal use and not for activities related to business.
• Persons exporting or importing goods to/from Nepal or Myanmar through Indo-Myanmar border areas, a value of which does not exceed Rs.25,000/- in a single assignment.
• Ministries or departments of central government.


Private Limited Company
Limited Liability Partnership
One Person Company
Partnership Registration
Section 8 Company


GST Transition Filing
Annual Compliances for Pvt Co.
Annual Compliances for LLP's
Increase in Authorised Capital
TDS Return Filing


GST Registration
Trademark Registration
Copyright Registration
Importer Exporter Code
Digital Signature Registration