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Overview

An import export code is a unique 10-digit code that is required for every import/export business owner in India. IEC is required by importers to clear customs and shipment, and to transfer money to foreign banks. Exporters require their IEC to send shipments and receive money from foreign banks. In short, no importer/exporter can operate in India without getting the IEC.

Import Export (IE) Code India is a registration of an import and export companies with Indian Custom department that import and export commodities from India. IE Code is issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India. 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.

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Benefits of Import Export Code

Here are the main benefits of Import Export Code:

  • The IEC registration helps traders open the doors to venture into the global market, including registration in online e-commerce operators
  • Businesses can avail government schemes like the Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS), the Service Export from India Scheme (SEIS), and others from customs and export promotion
  • No compliance requirements pos registration and hence maintaining the business is relatively simple
  • The process of obtaining IEC is not tedious and can be obtained with minimal, basic documents

Checklist for getting a IE Code

Below are few points checklist points:

  • IE Code registration is permanent registration which is valid for a lifetime. Hence, there will be no hassles for updating, filing and renewal of IE Code registration.
  • As IE code registration is one-time and requires no additional compliance.
  • It is recommended for all companies and LLPs to obtain IE code after incorporation.
  • Any type of business registration: sole proprietorship, partnership, private limited companies, charitable organizations dealing with import and exports of goods can register for import-export code.
  • An IEC is not required for import/export of goods for personal use, which are not connected with trade, manufacture, or agriculture.

Documents Required For obtaining Import Export Code

Listed below are the documents and details required to get an Import Export Code.

  • PAN card of the company (not applicable in case of the proprietor)
  • Applicant's PAN and Aadhaar card (driving license/Aadhaar/voter ID)
  • Incorporation certificate/partnership deed
  • Address proof (electricity bill/rent agreement/sale deed of the office location)
  • Copy of cancelled cheque leaf/banker certificate of the current account in the name of the company

How to Get your IEC Code

Para 2.08 of the Handbook of Procedure contains provisions relating to the application for IE Code. Vide public notice no. 27/2015-2020 dated 8th August 2018, the said para under-went an amended and the provisions of the amended para as applicable with regard to the application for IEC is provided hereunder:

  • Step 1: Exporters/importers shall file an online application in form ANF 2A.
  • Step 2: The applicant is required to submit documents, including bank details and DSC.
  • Step 3: Once the documents and application are verified by the authorities, the import export code will be granted as a soft copy to the entity.

Exemption of IEC

  • Persons undertaking import and export of goods for personal reasons and not connected to trade, agriculture and manufacture
  • Through Indo-Myanmar border areas and China (via NamgayaShipkila, Gunji, and Nathula ports), the parties/individuals who import/export goods to/from Nepal and Myanmar with single consignment must not exceed the value of ₹25,000
  • As listed in appendix - 3, schedule 2 of ITC, exemption from obtaining IEC shall not be applicable for export of materials, organisms, special chemicals, equipments & technologies (SCOMET)
  • Ministries/departments of central and state governments

Following permanent IEC numbers shall be used by non-commercial PSUs and categories of importers/exporters mentioned against them for import/export purposes:

Sl. No. Code Number Categories of Importers / Exporters
1 0100000011 All Ministries / Departments of Central Government and agencies wholly or partially owned by them.
2 0100000029 All Ministries / Departments of any State Government and agencies wholly or partially owned by them.
3 0100000037 Diplomatic personnel, Counselor officers in India and officials of UNO and its specialised agencies.
4 0100000045 Indians returning from / going abroad and claiming benefit under Baggage Rules.
5 0100000053 Persons / Institutions / Hospitals importing or exporting goods for personal use, not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture.
6 0100000061 Persons importing/exporting goods from/to Nepal.
7 0100000070 Persons importing/exporting goods from/to Myanmar through Indo-Myanmar border areas.
8 0100000088 Ford Foundation.
9 0100000096 Importers importing goods for display or use in fairs/exhibitions or similar events under provisions of ATA Carnet. This IEC number can also be used by importers importing for exhibitions/fairs as per Para 2.29 of HBPv1.
10 0100000100 Director, National Blood Group Reference Laboratory, Bombay or their authorized offices.
11 0100000126 Individuals / Charitable Institution / Registered NGOs importing goods, which have been exempted from Customs duty under Notification issued by Ministry of Finance for bonafide use by victims affected by natural calamity.
12 0100000134 Persons importing/exporting permissible goods as notified from time to time, from/to China through Gunji, Namgaya Shipkila and Nathula ports, subject to value ceilings of single consignment as given in Para 2.8(iv) above.
13 0100000169 Non-commercial imports and exports by entities who have been authorized by Reserve Bank of India.

Commercial public sector undertakings (PSU) who have obtained PAN will, however, be required to obtain the import export code number. The permanent IEC number as mentioned above shall be used by non-commercial PSUs.

FAQs on Import/Export (IEC) Code

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.

No, IE Code is not a tax registration. So no tax is levied based on IE Code during import or export of goods or services. However, customs duty may be levied.

Any person who proposes to import or export goods and services from or to India must obtain IE Code.

Yes, individuals acting as Proprietors of a business can obtain IE Code Registration.

IE Code is not a mandatory registration, only importers and exporters of goods or services must have IE Code. Therefore, there is no penalty for not having IE Code; however, import/export will not be possible without an IE Code.

No. Returns need NOT be filed for IE Code.

IE Code is valid for the lifetime of the entity and renewal is also not necessary.

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