Import & Export Code 


 The Import Export Code (IEC) is a crucial registration for businesses engaged in international trade, facilitating seamless import and export operations in India. Issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), the IEC is a unique 10-digit code that serves as a key identifier for businesses participating in cross-border commerce. Obtaining an IEC is a fundamental requirement for businesses looking to expand their global footprint and engage in international trade activities.



 1. Global Market Access:

   - Gain access to international markets and expand the reach of your products or services.


2. Legal Recognition:

   - Obtain legal recognition as an importer or exporter in compliance with Indian trade laws.


3. Participation in Global Tenders:

   - Eligibility to participate in global tenders and business opportunities.


4. Avail Export Incentives:

   - Access various export incentives, benefits, and schemes offered by the government.


Steps/Process Involved:

 1. Application Submission:

   - Fill out the IEC application form online with accurate details.


2. Document Preparation:

   - Gather necessary documents, including PAN, address proof, and bank details.


3. Digital Signature Certificate (DSC):

   - Obtain a DSC for digitally signing the application and documents.


4. IEC Fee Payment:

   - Pay the prescribed fee for IEC processing.


5. Application Submission to DGFT:

   - Submit the application along with the required documents to the DGFT.


6. IEC Issuance:

   - Upon approval, the DGFT issues the IEC to the applicant.


7. IEC Number Activation:

   - Activate the IEC number by submitting it to the customs department.



 - Valid PAN (Permanent Account Number).

- Address proof of the business entity.

- Bank account details.



 - Import Export Code (IEC) issued by the DGFT.

- Access to global markets for import and export activities.

- Legal authorization to engage in cross-border trade.



 1. Q: Is IEC mandatory for all businesses involved in international trade?

   - A: Yes, IEC is mandatory for any person or entity engaged in the import or export of goods and services.


2. Q: Can an individual apply for IEC, or is it only for businesses?

   - A: Both individuals and businesses can apply for IEC, irrespective of their size.


3. Q: Is there any restriction on the number of IECs a person or entity can obtain?

   - A: No, there is no restriction on the number of IECs a person or entity can obtain.


4. Q: Can I modify the details on my IEC after obtaining it?

   - A: Yes, certain details on the IEC can be modified by submitting a request to the DGFT.


5. Q: What is the validity period of an IEC?

   - A: An IEC is typically valid for a lifetime and does not require renewal.


6. Q: Can a canceled or surrendered IEC be reinstated?

   - A: No, once canceled or surrendered, an IEC cannot be reinstated.


7. Q: Can I use the same IEC for multiple businesses?

   - A: Each business entity must obtain a separate IEC for distinct legal entities.


8. Q: How long does it take to obtain an IEC after application submission?

   - A: The processing time varies, but it is typically issued within 1-2 weeks.


9. Q: Is it necessary to have an IEC even for small-scale exports?

   - A: Yes, IEC is mandatory for all levels of export, irrespective of the scale.


10. Q: Can a third party apply for IEC on behalf of a business?

- A: Yes, authorized representatives or consultants can apply for IEC on behalf of businesses with proper authorization.