Import Export Code

What Is Import Export Code?

IEC is a unique number issued by the DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade), Department of Commerce, Government of India. No person or entity can make any export or import without it, unless specifically exempted.


  • IE Code is required before you commence the business of any Import or Export, which cannot be initiated unless IE code is allotted.

  • The DGFT allocates only one IE code against one pan number, which is valid all over India

  • The regional director of DGFT having jurisdiction over the place of business is the authority who allots IE Code to all type of applicants.

  • The IE Code has life time validity and is a permanent identification number allotted to a entity/person wishing to start export and import business.

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IEC is a unique number allotted by DGFT, without which no person or entity can make any import or export, unless specifically exempted. There are certain conditions that have to be fulfilled and processes to be followed before the allotment of IEC. Once those are completed, IEC can be obtained from DGFT office.  In general, all the Imports and Exports can be made without any other authorisation, license or permission, However, in the view of national interest or to regulate the trade of any specific commodity, the central government may restrict or prohibit the import or export of certain goods. If someone wishes to import any item which has been restricted, an application for permission to import or licence has to be made to the DGFT explaining the reason for the import or export. Primarily, without IEC Importers cannot import good and the exporters cannot avail benefits for the export scheme from DGFT.

Frequently Asked Question

IEC registration fee is worth ? 250 and can be paid via EFT.

Consequent upon introduction of GST, IEC number is the same as the PAN of the firm. The IEC would be separately issued by DGFT.

IEC holder can surrender his IEC licence online by filing a request for IEC surrender on DGFT website.

The status can be checked on the DGFT website by following the below mentioned steps. Online Application → IEC → Know your IEC Status

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