Importer - Exporter Code (IEC) : How to apply for IEC

Importer - Exporter Code (IEC) : How to apply for IEC

IEC: Importer Exporter Code

IEC is a 10-digit key business Identification number issued by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) which is mandatory for Exports or Imports.
No export or import shall be made by any person without obtaining an IEC unless specifically exempted.

IEC Registration:


  • Need help in getting IEC? You can contact international trade service provider to get your IEC Certificate:
Service Provider Details
Service Provider Name Vakilsearch

The service provider can also assist you in obtaining the following international trade documents:

Service Fee

S.No. Details Total Cost in INR (exclusive of government fees/ charges and taxes) Around Time
1. PAN Application 460 10 to 15 days
2. GSTIN Application 353 8 to 10 days
3. IEC Code Application 1208 8 to 10 days

NOTE: Set of required documents may vary as per the business type.

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Who should register for IEC:

  • Everyone who wants to import or export goods for business purposes.
  • Service provider serving clients abroad.
  • Also, applicable if you are importing a service depending upon if you are covered under reverse charge mechanism or not.
  • However, for services exports IEC shall be not be necessary except when the service provider is taking benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy.

Benefits of IEC Registration

  • IEC forms the primary document for recognition by Government of India as an Exporter/Importer.
  • On the basis of IEC, companies can obtain various benefits on their exports/imports from the DGFT, Customs, Export Promotion Council etc.

Required Documents for IEC:

  • PAN card of Individual or business entity
  • Voter Id/ Aadhar card/ Passport of the Individual
  • Photo of the applicant
  • Bank certificate in the prescribed format ANF-2A(I) and a cancel cheque bearing pre-printed name of Individual or business entity
  • Certification of incorporation and Address proof in case of company
  • Copy of Rent Agreement or Electricity Bill Copy of the premise