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What is import export code?

Import Export Code (IEC) is a 10 digit identification number issued by DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade) which is mandatory for import-export of goods. In simple terms, the IEC code is required by exporters and importers to operate import/export business. The nature of the firm obtaining an IEC may be any of the follows- “Proprietorship, Partnership, LLP, Limited Company, Trust, HUF and Society.” After introduction of GST, IEC number is the same as the PAN of the firm. The IEC would be separately issued as per the PAN.

It should be noted that IEC code/license is not required in following cases:

  1. Import and export by central Government or agencies or undertakings for defence purpose or other specified lists under Foreign Trade (exemption from the application of Rules in certain cases) Order, 1993.
  2. Import or Export of Goods for personal use.

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Benefits of Import Export (IEC) code for business

IEC code has huge benefits for importer and exporter. The iec code registered business would be able to get benefits like: subsidies from government, Tax benefits under Export promotion council and other authorities. Apart from this, the following benefits after registration under IEC code will be available:

 Opening International Doors

Globalization has adopted in India in 1991 by finance minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. After introduction of globalization, India was able to import and export of goods. Products manufactured in India can sale in other countries. Hence, IEC open the international doors for business.

Export without payment of Taxes

Government is promoting Exports from India to maintain balance of trade. After filing LUT (Letter of Undertaking) under GST, exporters can export the goods without payment of taxes. If exporters export the goods with payment of taxes, they can claim refund of taxed paid.

Subsidies from Government schemes

Government introduce Foreign trade policy for 5 years to promote International trade and provide huge export benefits scheme under the policy. The iec registered business can only claim the benefits of the schemes.

No renewal required of IEC

Once registered under IEC Code, it is valid for lifetime. Hence, there will not be any monthly or annual compliance, saving in time and cost. 

Legally accepted

Import export code is the only license which allows import and export of goods and services for business purpose. It is the only license which allows cross border transactions.

Import Export Code (IEC) registration fees


₹ 1,499/- 

(All Inclusive)
  • Import Export Code Registration Certificate.


₹ 1,999/-

(All Inclusive)
  • Import Export Code Registration Certificate.
  • GST Registration of Proprietorship firm.
  • GST Certificate. 


₹ 3,999/-

(All Inclusive)
  • Import Export Code Registration Certificate.
  • GST Registration of Proprietorship firm.
  • GST Certificate.
  • Filing of GST Return for 3 months.

Import Export License Documents List

  • Photograph of applicant.
  • Self-attested PAN Card of all directors/partners/proprietor.
  • Residential Address Proof of all directors/partners/proprietor.
  • Entity Pan Card (if any).
  • Cancelled Cheque or Banker Certificate for IEC.
Please Note: IEC may be applied on behalf of a firm which may be a Proprietorship, Partnership, LLP, Limited Company, Trust, HUF, Society. Firm must have a PAN, bank account in the name of the firm and a valid address before applying. Address may be physically verified by the DGFT on issuance of the IEC. Please keep your PAN, bank details and firm details ready before applying.

Procedure For Registration Under Shop And Establishment Act

Filing of application form for IEC.
Attachment of Documents.
IEC Certificate allotted.

Provisional Certificate of import export code shall be issued immediate after submit of application, final IEC certificate is issued after verification of documents by the government authority.


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