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Import Export Code Registration, All Importers require IEC who want to import goods into India. The IE Code must be quoted while clearing customs. Also, banks require the importers IE Code while transferring money to the importing country.


All Exporters require IEC who want to export goods outside India. The IE Code must be quoted while sending through customs. Also, banks require the exporters IE Code while receiving money from a foreign country.


IEC is a once in a lifetime requirement. Therefore, if it is obtained once, then no more renewal is required. So, once an IE Code is obtained, it can be used by that entity for all its import or export transactions.


IE Code does not require the filing of any return. Once, an IE Code is issued there are no further procedures required to maintain the validity of the IE Code.

How do I download the import-export certificate?

The Import Export Code (IEC) Certificate can be download Form in PDF from DGFT site (DGFT.GOV.IN) after getting approval mail. You can also verify IEC at IceGate: e-Commerce Portal of Central Board of Excise & Customs

What is the IEC

Import Export Code (also known as IEC) is a 10 digit identification number that is issued by the DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade), Department of Commerce, Government of India. It is also known as Importer Exporter Code.

Can I import without IEC code?

You can‘t import without an IEC code/certificate. IECImport Export Code is the most important prerequisite in case of Importation or Exportation of goods. But yes, you can‘t do it doesn’t mean that there is no way out.

Documents Submission

An IE Code Application in the prescribed format along with the necessary supporting documents is required to be submitted which will take around 2-3 working days.


Once the application is prepared, IE Code Application to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade for further processing and allotment of IE Code

Allotment of IEC

Once the application and the attached supporting documents are verified, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade will allot a IE Code.

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