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IE Code Registration

An IEC is a PAN-based number allotted to a person or entity that is mandatory for undertaking any export/import activities.

An import export code is a unique 10-digit code for companies and businesses that deals with import-export. The code is issued by the Director-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Department of Ministry of Commerce in India. In India no one can operate as an importer/exporter without getting the IEC.

The IEC code is a pan-based registration certificate, it is required by importers to clear customs and shipment, and to transfer money to foreign banks.

It is a one-time registration process to obtain a license that can be utilized by the company and no need for any renewal. The organization can expand its trading activity abroad with no issues at the time of getting IEC.

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Documents Required for IEC Code


Bank account statement

Pan Card

Pan Card & Aadhar Card


Driving License / Voter ID


Cancelled Cheque Leaf


Registered office Proof


Address proof of the registered office

Process & Timeline for IEC Code

Step 1

Digital Signature

The IE Code Application is filed online with Class -2 Digital Signature.

It is required to have a valid DSC of the applicant or the Authorised Signatory

Step 2


Once the required documents are ready, the applicant shall prepare the profile of the business entity on DGFT for Import Export Code (IEC).
Step 3

Application Filing

Application Of IE Code is filed online with DSC, by furnishing information and mandatory self-attested documents.

Step 4

Issue Of IE Code

After successful submission of IEC, the applicant  shall receive an IEC Number and a Certificate of Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) from DGFT. Finally, the IE Code is allotted.

Frequently Asked Questions​

IEC is a PAN-based number allotted to an individual or business that is mandatory for any export/import activities.

Yes, it is mandatory to submit a PAN Card.

 Following persons can apply for IEC

  1.  Proprietorship,
  2.  Partnership,
  3.  Limited Liability Partnership,
  4. Private limited,
  5.  Public Limited,
  6.  Govt. undertaking,
  7.  Section 8 Company,
  8.  Registered Society,

The government fee for applying Import Export Code is Rs. 500, which has to be paid online, while applying for the IE Code application.

Yes, the IEC number is associated with PAN. Under the new system, only PAN-based IEC is issued to the Applicant by DGFT.

There are many benefits for the companies who have an import-export code. With IEC, a company can obtain benefits from Directorate General of Foreign Trade Customs and Export Promotion Council on its exports/imports.

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