Import Export Code (IEC)

Import Export (IE) Code is a registration required for persons importing or exporting goods and services from India. IE Code is issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India. IE Codes when issued can be used by the entity throughout its existence and doesn’t require any renewal or filing. Therefore, it is recommended for most organizations to obtain IE Code, irrespective of if they need it at the moment.

IE Code application must be made to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade along with the necessary supporting documents. Once, the application is submitted, DGFT will issue the IE Code for the entity in 15 – 20 working days or less.

Advantages & Benefits

Importers Require IE Code
All Importers who import goods into India require an IE Code. The IE Code must be quoted while clearing customs. Also, banks require the importers IE Code while sending money abroad.
No Return Filing
IE Code does not require the filing of any return. Once, an IE Code is issued there are no further procedures required to maintain validity of the IE Code. Even if import or export transactions occur, there are no filings required to DGFT.
Proprietors can have IE Code
Even individuals who are proprietors of a business can obtain IE Code in their name. It is not necessary to incorporate a business entity for obtaining IE Code.
Exporters Require IE Code
All Exporters who export goods or services from India require an IE Code. The IE Code must be quoted while sending shipments. And banks require the exporters IE Code while receiving money from abroad.
Lifetime - NO Renewal
IE Code is issued for the lifetime of the entity and requires no renewal. So once a IE Code is obtained, it can be used by that entity for all its import or export transactions without any further hassles.
  • Identity and Address Proof

    Identity and address proof will be required for all directors and shareholders of the company to be incorporated. In case of Indian nationals, PAN is mandatory. For foreign nationals, apostilled or notarised copy of passport must be submitted mandatorily. All documents submitted must be valid. Residence proof documents like bank statement or electricity bill must be less than 2 months old.

    Cancelled Cheque Copy

    Bank certificate as per DGFT format or cancelled cheque bearing preprinted name of applicant and account number. Bank certificate or cancelled cheque is used to verify that the applicant has an active current account with a bank in India.

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FAQs

IE Code stands for Import Export Code. It is required for any person importing or exporting goods and services to or from India.
All importers must mention their IE Code while clearing customs when their goods arrive in India. All exporters must mention their IE Code while exporting their goods from India. Additionally, now RBI requests person importing or exporting services to also mention IE Code in foreign remittances in bank account. Therefore, IE Code is required for anyone involved in import or export in India.
Any person who proposes to import or export goods and services from or to India must obtain IE Code.
To obtain IE Code registration, a copy of PAN Card, proof of address of business and constitution of the business [Partnership deed, Incorporation Certificate, etc.,] and a letter from the banker is required.
IE Code Registration can be obtained from the DGFT in 10-15 working days after submission of all required documents and application.
IE Code is valid for life-time of the entity and renewal is also not necessary.

Testimonials

I have received the company incorporation documents and extremely pleased to see the way documents are arranged. The service provided exceeded all the expectations. It’s been a great experience to work with to get this done. I would definitely give five stars to process and the way dealt with the customer. I would promise to recommend my friends if something they would need that serve. Thumbs up for the services and I would like to say WOW!!!! Thanks!!

SANTOSH KUMAR SINGH

DIRECTOR , AGROMISSION TECHNOLOGY INDIA LIMITED

I am writing to convey my appreciation to the staff at Group for the services rendered to obtain the incorporation of my company in India. I found the professionalism of the staff at Group, a pleasure to work with. As a foreigner to India, they took the time to explain the documentation and assisted in every question I raised. I was pleased that Group made a case for my business name and that I received the name that I wanted. I was completely satisfied with their service and strongly recommend them to anybody desirous of starting a business in India

PRAVISH KUMAR

DIRECTOR ,ORNIC HEALTHCARE PRIVATE LIMITED