Import Export Code (IEC)

IEC is mandatory for businesses who are indulged in import or export transactions and availing benefits under various Government schemes.

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 Thorough evaluation of the required information

 Appointing and assigning an expert partner

 Following-up with Government authorities

Getting the IEC issued for your import / export business

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Understanding the IEC Registration

All Indian businesses carrying transactions involving import / export of goods must obtain their respective IEC for trouble-free operations regarding their import / export deals. Not just large or registered entities, IEC can even be applied by individuals who are indulged in international transactions through their import / export venture. Generally, IEC is not mandatory for all the imports / exports transactions, such as businesses operating under technology and services domains. Government, however, in the national security interest has mandated the IEC for importing / exporting certain restricted goods, including arms and ammunition, and other businesses involved in international trading of such prohibited items.

Issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), IEC is a unique 10-digit alpha-numeric code that provides businesses / individuals with an identity that is valid at all Custom and DGFT offices across India. Moreover, businesses or individuals with IEC can enjoy numerous benefits through various Government initiatives, including Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) or Service Export from India Scheme (SEIS), Export Promotion Council (EPC), and others.

Experts @ Digital Filings, therefore, recommend IEC for the organizations operating under varied sectors, irrespective of its requirement at present.

Key-Advantages to Apply for IEC

No Filings Needed

Single Owner’s Pride


Easy Money Transfers

Literally Trouble Free

No Filings Needed

Since IEC is just a code issued for you to smoothly carrying-out your import / export transactions, it does not require filing of any transaction or tax returns to the DGFT.


IEC is an easy to obtain unique code that DGFT allocates to PAN holder. Only one IEC is issued for one PAN that remains valid for life and works across all over India.

Single Owner’s Pride

There is no need to incorporate a business entity for obtaining an IEC, sole proprietors carrying import / export transaction can easily obtain IEC in their own name.

Easy Money Transfers

In case of transferring money to abroad, importers need to show their IEC to banks, while exporters need to present IEC to banks for receiving money from foreign nations.

Literally Trouble Free

IEC comes with life-time validity and doesn’t require to be renewed during the life-cycle of your import / export business. Moreover, code will work for all your branches offices or factory-units established across India.

Required Documentation Chart

Sole Proprietorship
To be Submitted by Promoters / Proprietors

  • Identity Proofs: Passport, Driving License, AADHAAR Card, Voter’s ID
  • Pan Card of Authorized Signatory
  • Bank Certificate / Cancelled Cheque of Applicant
  • One Photograph of Person Authorized
Registered Company / Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) / Partnership Firm
To be Submitted by Partners / Directors

  • Identity Proofs: Passport, Driving License, AADHAAR Card, Voter’s ID  of
  • Pan Card of the Company /LLP / Firm
  • Pan Card of All Directors/ Partners
  • Bank Certificate / Cancelled Cheque of Company / LLP / Firm
  • Class II or Class III DSC
  • Copy of Partnership Deed / Incorporation Certificate / Registration Certificate

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All Importers or exporters who import or export goods into and from India require an IEC. Importers must mention their IEC during clearing at customs office, while exporters quote their IEC to send shipments across international borders.
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Seasoned team of vendor partners @ Digital Filing is trained to effectively get your IEC issued for YOU!…so that you can focus on your critical business tasks!

What People Frequently Ask…

What is IEC and is it Mandatory?

IEC is a unique ten digit alpha-numeric number allotted to a person / business who is engaged in import / export of goods. IEC is mandatory if you are intending to establish import / export business.

Who can apply for IEC?

Proprietors; Partners; LLP Firm; Private Limited or Public Limited Companies; Government Undertakings; Section 8 Companies; Registered Societies; Trusts; Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs), and others. Experts @ Digital Filings, however, recommends IEC for all the business institutions irrespective of their present requirement.

What are the benefits of having an IEC?

IEC empowers an entity / business owner to enjoy benefits from DGFT, MEIS, SEIS, Customs, and EPC on their import / export transactions.

What is the prescribed government fee for obtaining IEC?

INR 500/- is the government fee paid to DGFT for applying and allotment IEC. The fees can be paid online.

What is the prescribed government fee for obtaining IEC?
INR 500/- is the government fee paid to DGFT for applying and allotment IEC. The fees can be paid online.


Is there any fee for modifying IEC?
There is no prescribed fee for modifying IEC information, provided the application for amendment is duly filed within 90 days of issuance of IEC. Post 90-days every delayed request for any change needs to bear a government fee of INR 1000/-.
What is the penalty for not having IEC?
IE Code is not a mandatory registration, only importers and exporters of goods or services must have IEC. Therefore, there is no penalty for not having IEC; however, import / export will not be possible without an IEC.
Do business / individual engaged in the export of service need IEC?

Generally, IEC is not necessary for export of services, however, in the Interest of National Security, Central Government has specified certain services or some equipment which may indulge in import / export of arms or ammunition to register under DGFT and obtain an IEC.

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How we Do It…

Vendors @ Digital Filings will effectively assist in obtaining the IEC in 15 to 20 days (subject to documentation and application processing time), so that you can seamlessly carry your import / export activities.


The Initial but Most Important Steps

Expert partners @ Digital Filings will arrange and furnish all required documents (self-attested), along with your signatures (DSC), for the IEC application in the prescribed format, i.e. Aayaat Niryaat Form 2A (ANF-2A).


Application Submission Time

Once all the documents arranged, Digital Filings will submit the application at the regional authority of the DGFT, where your registered office is situated, for further processing and issuance of your IEC.


Here you Go!

Post a through verification of the application and all the supporting documents provided, the DGFT will duly allot the IEC for your business.

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