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All businesses which are engaged in Import and Export of goods are mandatorily required to register for Importer Exporter Code (IEC). IMPORTER  EXPORTER  CODE  (in  short  IEC)  is  a  ten  digit  number  granted  by  Directorate  General  of  Foreign  Trade  under  Ministry  of  Commerce  and  Industry,  to  any  bonafide  person/  company for carrying out import/export. Importers are not allowed to proceed without this code and exporters can’t take benefit of exports from DGFT, customs, Export Promotion Council, if they don’t have this code. One doesn't need to be a registered entity to apply for one; you can apply even as an individual.  The IEC does not apply to export of technology and services.

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Particulars IEC Registration MSME Registration PF Registration ESIC Registration GST Registration
Governing Authority Ministry of Commerce and Industry Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises The Ministry of Labour and Employment The Ministry of Labour and Employment Central Board of Excise & Customs
Under the purview of Central Government Central Government Central Government Central Government Central Government
Taxability on Not applicable Not applicable Salary and wages Salary and wages Goods manufactured, traded and services provided or received
Registration Mandatory for import or export of goods Voluntary Mandatory if employee strength exceeds 20 Mandatory if employee strength exceeds 10 All businesses, whose turnover exceeds prescribed threshold
Filing of Returns Not Required Not Required Monthly Monthly Monthly, Quaterly, Half Yearly and Yearly
Applicable To All importers and exporter All micro, small and medium enterprises Organisations employing more than 20 employees Organisations employing more than 10 employees All businesses, whose turnover exceeds prescribed threshold
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  • Valid throughout India
  • Valid for all branches and factories

Lesser post-registration compliance

  • No periodic returns filings required
  • No renewal required

Business Expansion

  • Benefits of international market
  • Cheaper purchase costs

Exemptions from Registration

  • Ministries or department of central or state government
  • Small import or export with Nepal or Myanmar
  • Import or export for personal use

Obtain various benefits

  • Under MEIS  and SEIS
  • Benefits of Export Promotion Council

Quick Processing

  • Completely online filing process
  • No proof of import or export required

A small procedure for your quick understanding

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Who requires an IEC?

Any bonafide person/ company starting a venture for International trade.

Where to obtain an IEC?

Application for obtaining IEC Number in made online at DGFT website in the prescribed form ANF 2A.

Is PAN Number or PAN card essential or What are the alternatives?

Yes, PAN is mandatory. Self Certified Photocopy of PAN card of the Applicant has to be submitted along with the application.

How much time does it takes to get an IEC?

All applications will be processed and disposed within 5-6 working days of their receipt.

What is RBIs Automatic approval or Specific permission when there is Non Resident Interest Foreign Investment in the firm for obtaining IEC?

  • Notification No. 20/2000/RBI dated. 3rd May,2000. Applicants are also required to furnish

 i. Copy of Money invested report filed before Regional Office of RBI.

 ii. Copy of Report filed in Form FC-GPR, Part A for issuance of shares to Regional Office of the Reserve Bank of India.

iii. If specific permission has been granted by RBI regarding Non Resident Interest, then copy of that permission to be furnished with Application form ANF-2A.

Can a Public Limited Co. or Private Limited Co. or Partnership obtain different IECs for different concerns owned by it?

No. However the name of each concern owned by such a company may be included in the IEC of the firm in whose name PAN exists, as a branch.

What are the documents required for issue of Duplicate IEC?

IEC will be issued in digital format only. The applicant can take a print out of the digitally signed IEC, as and when required.

Can IEC be hand delivered or over the counter?

No, IEC issued are not dispatched or delivered. IEC will be issued in digital format. The applicant has to take a print out of the digitally signed IEC

What is the pre-requisite for modifying the IEC ?

Pre-requisite for modifying the IEC is as given below:

  • Valid PAN of an individual/company/proprietor on which IEC was issued to the party.
  • Valid e-mail id.
  • Valid Mobile No.
  • Online payment of fees of  Rs 200/- (Two Hundred only)

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