IEC Code – Know How to Apply for IEC

Importer Exporter Code Number – IEC Code Number

Recent IEC Amendments Notice :

GSTN, PAN to be used for Imports and Exports instead of IEC Number under GST Regime -Trade Notice No. 09/2018, Dated 12th June, 2017

IEC: How to obtain Import Export Code and what it entails

Easy Steps for Updating the Importer-Exporter Code(IEC) –
Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)

Contact  for IEC Code Application Online Filing
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 export/import.

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 DGFT, Customs, Export Promotion Council etc.

IEC can be obtained from any of the Regional offices of Director General of Foreign Trade depending on area/region where the individual/company is located. For example, those having registered office at -Delhi, – Districts of Haryana: (i)Faridabad , (ii) Gurgaon – Districts of Uttar Pradesh: (i)Meerut (ii) Baghpat (iii) Ghaziabad (iv) Gautam Buddha Nagar (v)Bulandshahar (vi)Panchasheel Nagar, they can submit applications at The Additional Director General of Foreign Trade (CLA) ,’A’ Wing, Indraprastha Bhawan, I.P. Estate, New Delhi – 110 002

Notification of IEC – Importer Exporter Code Number

Directorate General of Foreign Trade(DGFT) issued a Policy Circular No.15 (RE-2006)/2004-2009 Date: 27th July, 2006) for New System for issuance of Importer-Exporter Code Number.
Eligibility condition and Legal Provisions are given for IEC Code Application in Foreign Trade (Regulation) Rules, 1993 Ministry of Commerce, Notification No. GSR 791 (E), dated 30-12-1993. Online Application Ayaat Niryaat ANF2A Form for IEC Code. The application  can be download.

This is known as “Aayaat Niryaat Form – ANF2A” since 2005. Along with IEC Code Number Application Form it is necessary to submit Appendix-18B Attested by Applicant’s Banker in his letter head with two passport size photo).

Procedure for to obtain duplicate copy of IEC Code Number :

When an IEC Code Number will lost or misplaced, lodge FIR any Policy Station near by you. then the issuing authority may consider on your requests to grant of a duplicate copy of IEC number, if accompanied by an affidavit.

Surrender of IEC Number, If not using

If an IEC Code holder does not want to operate continue allotted IEC number, he may surrender the same by informing the issuing authority DGFT, on receipt of such intimation, the issuing authority shall immediately cancel the same and electronically transmit it to DGFT for onward transmission to the Customs and Regional Authorities.

Application Fee For IEC Code Number : Presently Fee Application for Fresh IEC : Rs 500.00

Mode of Payment :

Pay Fee for IEC Code by Demand Draft of any Bank or Payment through EFT ( Electronic Fund Transfer by Nominated Bank by DGFT Like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India, UTI Bank, Punjab National Bank, Central Bank etc) or Application fee can deposited by TR6 Challan with Duplicate Copy in any branch of Central Bank of India and TR6 Challan need to be submit along with IEC Code Application.

Profile of Importer/ Exporter in Aayaat Niryaat Form Part 1

Every Importer/Exporter shall require to file importer/ exporter profile once with the Regional Authority in Part 1 of Aayaat Niryaat Form – ANF2A. Regional Authority shall enter the information furnished in Part 1 of Aayaat Niryaat Form ANF-2A in their database so as to dispense with the need for asking the repetitive information. In case of any change in the information given in Part 1 of Aayaat Niryaat Form ANF-2A, importer/exporter shall intimate the same to the Regional Authority.

Self Addressed Stamped Envelope :
The applicant shall furnish a self addressed envelope of 40 x 15 cm with postal stamp affixed on the envelope as follows for all documents required to be sent by Speed Post:

  • a Within local area Rs. 25.00
  • b Up to 200 Kms. Rs. 30.00
  • c Between 200 to 1000 Kms Rs. 30.00
  • d Beyond 1000 Kms. Rs. 50.00

Mandatory Requirements :

  • PAN Number
  • Current Bank Account
  • Bankers Certificate
  • IEC Code Application Fee : Rs 500.00 (Expert TIP : Pay by EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer ), TR-6 Challan through Central Bank of India any Branch.The physical application containing required documents with duplicate copy, should reach DGFT RLA concerned within 15 days of its online submission.

-Rs.500/- for Fresh IEC
-Rs. 200/-for Amendment of IEC
-Rs.200/ for duplicate IEC

Mandatory documents with application for IEC

For Fresh IEC (Para 2.08 of Handbook of Procedure Vol.I 2015-20):

A.Covering letter.

B. Authority  letter  with  photograph  of  authorized  representative  of  the  firm  who  will  be
submitting the application at the counter.

C .Application Form (ANF-2A, Part A, B & D) to be filled in and all pages to be signed by the applicant.
Application must be accompanied by documents as per details given below:

1 Bank  Certificate  as  per  the  Proforma  (Part  B)  in  the  application.    The  Banker  must certify: –
(a) The details of the a/c including the nature of a/c, the a/c number with date from which the account is maintained by the applicant firm,
(b) Registered/official address of the firm, and
(c) Photograph of the applicant.
The signing official of the Bank must put his/her official name seal with designation
and  email – id.

1 (a) In case of Limited companies (both Private and Public Ltd.):
(i)  Extract of Board of Resolution in favour of the applicant.
(ii) Memorandum of Association along with Certificate of Incorporation.
(iii)  Form  32  in  case  of  change  of  Directors  and  Form  18  in  case  of  change  of Registered office – wherever applicable.
(b) In case of Partnership firm:
(i)  Notarized Partnership Deed showing date of formation of the firm.
(ii) No Objection Certificate from other Partners/HUF.

Self certified copy of Permanent Account Number Card (PAN  Card-both   sides) issued by Income Tax Department.

-The application for IEC to be made only after obtaining the PAN  from the Income Tax Department.
-Two passport size photographs of the applicant.
– Landline Telephone Number along with copy of Telephone Bill.
– Self addressed envelope with Rs.30 postal stamp.
– Demand draft/Pay Order for Rs.500/-

No fee is payable for modification/amendment if such application is made in 90  days. Otherwise, a fee of Rs.1000 may be paid in form of demand draft in favour of The Additional Director General of Foreign Trade (CLA),New Delhi. No fee is required for inclusion of PAN no. in the old IEC.  The amount should be in the form of Demand Draft/Pay order from any designated bank in favour of The Additional Director General of Foreign  Trade, (CLA), New Delhi. Treasury Receipt from the following designated Central Bank of India branches is also accepted.

  • Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi 110011
  • 10, Community Centre, Lawrence Road, Delhi-11035 18/4
  •  Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi 110001
  • 55, Madhubani, Nehru Place, New Delhi-11

Counter Assistance:-

The staff at the IEC counter will check the documents as per the check list, which need to be filed by him/her. If the documents are not sufficient, then  he/she will return the application there and then.

How to submit application

Application can be submitted in person by Authorized Representative of the  Company at the R & I counters in the office Or It can be sent by post/courier.

Processing of Application

The application can be submitted at the counter in person at the office or it can be sent through Post/Courier. An acknowledgement in form of a receipt having  File Number is generated on receipt of application. The file number is used for any correspondence/query regarding the IEC application submitted to the office.

The application is then sent to IEC section where it is processed. If the application is found complete in all aspects (as per requirements prescribed) an IEC is generated, or else a deficiency letter stating the nature of deficiency is prepared and sent to the applicant. Replies are awaited in cases where deficiency letter is issued and after due compliance by the applicant the IEC is allotted.

Issue and Despatch of IEC : IEC allotment letter is sent through post at the registered office mentioned by the  applicant in the application. Similarly deficiency letters are sent to applicant by  post.

IEC application status available on the website of CLA  ( )

The BIN (Business Identification Number) number generated by the  customs authorities can be viewed on:

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