IEC LICENSE - Updation

Online Registration Form

Authorised Person Details

Instructions
1. Name of Applicant : Full Name on Pan (Person/Business):
2. PAN Fill 10 Digit PAN Number in case of Limited Liability Partnership / Partnership Firm/ Co-operative Society / Private Limited / Public Limited. PAN Number is optional in case of Proprietorship Firm / Hindu Undivided Family / Self Help Group 
3. Date of Incorporation/ Business Start date : Fill the Business Start Date/ Date of Birth as mentioned on the PAN Card.
4. Business Address : Please fill the address properly.
5. Name of Director/Partner/Proprietor : Fill name as mentioned on the PAN Card
6. PAN : Fill 10 Digit PAN Number
7. Name of Father’s : Fill father’s name of Director/Partner/Proprietor
8. Mobile No : Fill the correct Mobile Number
9. Mail ID : Fill the correct Mail ID
10. Date of Birth : Fill the date of Birth as mentioned on the PAN Card.
11. Address : Please fill the address properly
Procedure To Obtain IEC License Certificate Online
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India is one of the largest economies in the world, engaging in trade across the world. Every day, goods worth millions enter or leave the country, through one of the many ports and other points of entry. Also, it is an activity that has grown by leaps and bounds, with the opening up of the country’s economy to globalization and liberalization.Given the scale of the phenomena, and the need for regulating the same, there was a requirement to adequately manage the entire process, such as through an import license. It is for this reason that laws were introduced for streamlining of the import and export process.It is here that the import and export registration and regulations come into existence. As with anything else, there will always be a lot of doubts as to the nature of this legal framework. Given in the list below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the import export license:


The Import Export Code, or IE Code, is a unique code issued to businesses and individuals who are engaged in activities related to the import or export of goods and services in India. The IE code can be considered as the registration number of an export import license issued to individuals, to legally engage in the import or export of goods into the country. To make a long story short, the how of IEC code is that it helps regulate the foreign trade activities in India. In other words, unless you have an IE code registration done, you will not be able to engage in a ny kind of commercial import or export activities in the country. Also, import export license is something that applies to most individuals and organizations in India, with the exception of government bodies and a few other entities.
The import export license is issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, or DGFT, a government body delegated the responsibility of managing foreign trade in India. The DGFT in turn, is a department that is under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, a ministry headed by and under the central government of India. The DGFT has offices in all corners of the country to address issues related to export import license, and so on. The main headquarters of the department is located in Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi. It also has zonal offices in various cities of India; Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. Also, there are 35 regional authorities located all across the country.
The Import Export code is made up of ten digits in total. Each code generated at the time of IE code registration is unique, and is in no way similar to any other IE code that has been issued to other people. Simply put, every single export import code holder will be getting a unique 10 digit number. No two entities applying for import and export licence will be given identical numbers under any circumstances.
This is an important question that is often asked about how to make IEC, with regard to its total validity period. The IE code is issued as a permanent number to individuals engaged in import and export activities. There is no expiry date for the import and export licence, and will last until the end of the business entity. Given that the export import code is issued for life, there is no need for any sort of renewal. So no, there is no need for any kind of renewal after a period of time
The export import code is required in case when goods are being brought into the country, such as through customs at seaports or airports. Additionally, one has to apply import export code for payments being made to providers located in foreign countries, through the help of banks or other financial institutions.
The IE code in the case of exports, is required when a shipment has to be delivered to another country via a port. Also, one must apply import export code for the receiving of payments made by clients in a foreign country. This is of course, the money received directly into the exporter’s bank account, rather than any other form of payment.
There are several documents that are required to apply for IEC code. They are given in the list below:
  • Individual/Company PAN Card
  • Individual's Voter's ID card/Aadhar Card/Passport Copy
  • Individual's Voter's ID card/Aadhar Individual/Company Cancel Cheque Copy of Current Bank Account
  • Rental Agreement or Electricity Bill Copy.
The main purpose to make IEC or import export code was to enable individuals and companies to expand their operations abroad. In other words, it helps to increase the business that is possible through a greater increase in the number of clients and trade volume.
The government has several programs dedicated to the promotion of trade in India. These benefits are provided to businesses by a range of organizations and government bodies, ranging from the DGFT, to other organizations like the Export Promotion Council, Customs, etc. In order for these benefits to be hailed, one will be required to apply for IEC, among other requirements, to be eligible. Simply put, benefits in the case of IEC apply for many businesses and individuals.
The IECODE is not like income tax or GST, where you are required to file returns at periodic intervals. There is no such requirement by the DGFT or other organizations, for those having an IEC or import export code. So in other words, the answer is no. There is no requirement for holders of the IEC or import export code to engage in any sort of filing.
This is a fairly common question asked by businesses, which haven’t yet begun their operations in import or export activity. The answer to this question is no. There is no need for businesses to have any active exports or imports to get the export import number. All that is required are the few documents that have been previously mentioned.
In general, the total time duration to get an export import number is about 1-2 days. In other cases, the time duration may increase a bit more, when one happens to apply for IEC. Simply put, one can get their application for import export code online, or offline, approved in about two weeks or so.
There is no need for a unique IECODE for each business activity. One can use a single IE code for importing/exporting a wide range of goods and services.
If an individual or any other entity has multiple businesses, there will be a requirement for a separate IECODE. The IE code is issued for individuals or businesses as an entity, for the purpose of streamlining their activities. It is therefore required that each individual or business to have a unique export import number.
The IEC license is only required by those parties who engage in import/export activities on a commercial basis. Those who do it for private purposes do not require an IE code.
The IEC license is mandatory only for those traders who are engaging in import and export activity.
Individuals and businesses registered under the new GST regime need not have to register for an IEC license. In cases where traders are registered under GST, their PAN card, whether individual or company PAN, will be used in place of an IE code.
Any activity related to import or export undertaken by the government does not require an IE code.
As already mentioned, the IE code has lifetime validity. This is however not true in the case of a business that is closing down. A business that closes down will be required to surrender the IE code.
There is no restriction on the kind of businesses that can register for an IE code. On the contrary, all businesses are allowed to have their own IE code.
There is no domestic use of the IE code. As already mentioned above, the IE code is meant for export and import activities. However, if a business seeks to engage in trade with other countries, there will be a requirement of the IE code. This is where the IE code can be of use.
There are a few parties exempt from having an IE code. They are:
  • Import/export activities by the central government or agencies or undertakings for defense purpose.
  • Entities in specified list under Foreign Trade (exemption from application of rules in certain cases) Order, 1993.
  • Import/export of goods for personal use.
The RCMC is a trade document issued for holders of an IE code and is valid for five years, from the date of issue. It is an acronym for Registration-Cum-Membership Certificate.
The purpose of the RCMC registration is to permit businesses to engage in export activities with agencies that are authorized by the government.
The main requirement for a new RCMC document is a valid IE code. So it is first required that you start by getting an import export registration. If you already have an import export registration, you can start off with the rest of the process, which requires you to file several documents. These documents include bank certificate, bank account statement for the last two months and a cancelled cheque.
Charities engaging in any form of import or export are exempt from the requirement of an import export registration, provided that they are registered with the appropriate authorities. Simply put, registered charities do not have to get IEC codes.
Earlier, the import export code registration required a lot of paperwork, which had to be done by hand physically. Now, the same can be done electronically, by visiting the DGFT website, IEC License
The technical requirements for an import export code registration are as follows:
  • Scanned copies of the documents mentioned above
  • An active mobile connection and a valid email ID.
  • Valid PAN.
The IEC Fees of a new import export code registration is Rs. 500. Do note that the charges here are mandatory, and cannot be ‘waived off’ in any way. The IEC fees can be paid online using means like EFT (electronic fund transfer), or offline means such as via banks. Additional information can be found here.
If an import export number has already been issued, registered details of the same can be updated. The cost of updating the same is Rs. 200. Do note that the charges to get IEC here are mandatory, and cannot be ‘waived off’ in any way. The IEC fees can be paid online using means like EFT (electronic fund transfer), or offline means such as via banks. Additional information can be found here:
The way to get an IE code registration for a new IE code is as given in the list below:
  • In the DGFT website, select the option 'Quick Links' and 'Apply for New IEC/Modify Existing IEC'. This is the first step to apply for an IE code.
  • Once you select the option, enter PAN number and press search button.
  • The system will then open up a prompt for (a) Name of Company, (b) Date of Birth/Incorporation (DOB/DOI)
  • Enter the details for the same, after which the system will verify it with the existing records.
  • Once it is done, you will be taken to the main page, where you can fill out the details to get a new IE code.
It is possible to update the details mentioned in an existing application. Given in the list below are steps for the same:
  • Enter the PAN and press Search.
  • You will get a prompt for (a) Name of Company, (b) Date of Birth/Incorporation (DOB/DOI), (c) File Number and (d) File date.
  • Once the details are verified by the system, you will be dispatched an OTP to your registered mobile phone and email ID.
  • You will be required to enter this and verify your identity, after which you will be taken to the window where you can make the necessary changes.
  • After the necessary steps are taken, everything else will be managed by the system.
Once you are done with the above steps, you should be able to finish the IEC code online application.
IEC stands for Import Export Code, while e-IEC stands for Electronic Import Export Code. They are both identifying codes issued by the DGFT, for the purpose of managing foreign trade in India, whether it is exports or imports. There are no differences between the two per se. They are the same system of code issued to businesses and individuals engaging in import/export activities. The only difference is that the system used for registering the same is a bit varied. Import export numbers were generated before everything was digitized. The e-IEC codes on the other hand, are those codes generated after the process of digitization. E-IEC codes are currently the import export code being issued to individuals.
Yes. It is possible to change IEC to E-IEC, if you follow the proper IEC procedure. There is no need to acquire a new E-IEC. In other words, you need not have to cancel your existing IEC and acquire a new E-IEC. This does not however, apply to a business house which is closing down and in the process of creating a new business entity, in which case, the IEC procedure will be to apply for a new IEC. All of this can be done with ease through IEC code online application
The Import export number can be migrated by going to the official website, and following the below steps:
  • In the DGFT website, select the option 'Quick Links' and 'Apply for New IEC/Modify Existing IEC'.
  • Enter your PAN and press search button.
  • The IEC system will display, wherein you will have to enter (a) Name of Company and (b)Date of Birth/Incorporation (DOB/DOI).
  • Once the details are entered, it will be verified by the system and redirect you to the window for migration of IEC to e-IEC.
The procedure to be followed for applying for an IE code, is as per what has already been mentioned above. Kindly follow the steps as has already been mentioned and you should be able to get through with the export import application process with ease.
The documents required to register import export code for a proprietorship are as follows:
  • Digital Photograph (3x3cms) of the Proprietor.
  • PAN card copy of the Proprietor.
  • Passport (first & last page)/Voter’s I-Card/ Driving License/UID (Aadhar card) copy. Any one of these documents is sufficient.
  • Sale deed if business premise is self-owned; or Rental/Lease Agreement, in case office is rented/ leased; or latest electricity/telephone bill.
  • Bank Certificate as per ANF 2A(I)/ Cancelled Cheque bearing pre-printed name of applicant and A/C No.
The procedure to be followed for IEC code online application, or offline application, is as per what has already been mentioned above. Please follow the steps as mentioned and you will be able to manage the import export application process with little to no hassles. In other words, there is no difference in the actual import export application process here. The only real difference present here, if any, are with regard to the documents required to be furnished at the time of application and that’s about it. All other steps in the application process will remain the same from the beginning until the end.
The documents required to register import export code for a proprietorship are as follows:
  • Digital Photograph (3x3cms) of the Proprietor.
  • PAN card copy of the Proprietor.
  • Passport (first & last page)/Voter’s I-Card/ Driving License/UID (Aadhar card) copy. Any one of these documents is sufficient.
  • Sale deed if business premise is self-owned; or Rental/Lease Agreement, in case office is rented/ leased; or latest electricity/telephone bill.
  • Bank Certificate as per ANF 2A(I)/ Cancelled Cheque bearing pre-printed name of applicant and A/C No.
The procedure to be followed for IEC code online application, or offline application, is as per what has already been mentioned above. Please follow the steps as mentioned and you will be able to manage the import export application process with little to no hassles. In other words, there is no difference in the actual import export application process here. The only real difference present here, if any, are with regard to the documents required to be furnished at the time of application and that’s about it. All other steps in the application process will remain the same from the beginning until the end.
The documents required to register import export code for a proprietorship are as follows:
  • Digital Photograph (3x3cms) of the Proprietor.
  • PAN card copy of the Proprietor.
  • Passport (first & last page)/Voter’s I-Card/ Driving License/UID (Aadhar card) copy. Any one of these documents is sufficient.
  • Sale deed if business premise is self-owned; or Rental/Lease Agreement, in case office is rented/ leased; or latest electricity/telephone bill.
  • Bank Certificate as per ANF 2A(I)/ Cancelled Cheque bearing pre-printed name of applicant and A/C No.
The procedure to be followed for IEC code online application, or offline application, is as per what has already been mentioned above. Please follow the steps as mentioned and you will be able to manage the import export application process with little to no hassles. In other words, there is no difference in the actual import export application process here. The only real difference present here, if any, are with regard to the documents required to be furnished at the time of application and that’s about it. All other steps in the application process will remain the same from the beginning until the end.
The documents required to register import export code for a proprietorship are as follows:
  • Digital Photograph (3x3cms) of the Proprietor.
  • PAN card copy of the Proprietor.
  • Passport (first & last page)/Voter’s I-Card/ Driving License/UID (Aadhar card) copy. Any one of these documents is sufficient.
  • Sale deed if business premise is self-owned; or Rental/Lease Agreement, in case office is rented/ leased; or latest electricity/telephone bill.
  • Bank Certificate as per ANF 2A(I)/ Cancelled Cheque bearing pre-printed name of applicant and A/C No.
The procedure to be followed for IEC code online application, or offline application, is as per what has already been mentioned above. Please follow the steps as mentioned and you will be able to manage the import export application process with little to no hassles. In other words, there is no difference in the actual import export application process here. The only real difference present here, if any, are with regard to the documents required to be furnished at the time of application and that’s about it. All other steps in the application process will remain the same from the beginning until the end.
The documents required to register import export code for a proprietorship are as follows:
  • Digital Photograph (3x3cms) of the Proprietor.
  • PAN card copy of the Proprietor.
  • Passport (first & last page)/Voter’s I-Card/ Driving License/UID (Aadhar card) copy. Any one of these documents is sufficient.
  • Sale deed if business premise is self-owned; or Rental/Lease Agreement, in case office is rented/ leased; or latest electricity/telephone bill.
  • Bank Certificate as per ANF 2A(I)/ Cancelled Cheque bearing pre-printed name of applicant and A/C No.
The procedure to be followed for IEC code online application, or offline application, is as per what has already been mentioned above. Please follow the steps as mentioned and you will be able to manage the import export application process with little to no hassles. In other words, there is no difference in the actual import export application process here. The only real difference present here, if any, are with regard to the documents required to be furnished at the time of application and that’s about it. All other steps in the application process will remain the same from the beginning until the end.
It is very unlikely that the IEC application gets rejected. Most of the time, the reason is usually due to insufficient documents or the details in the furnished documents. In other words, unless there is some problem with the documents being furnished, the IEC application usually gets processed. Therefore, check the documents being furnished, and verify if they are accurate and up to date. Do note that most of the time, it is usually caused by a mismatch in the PAN details registered with the Income Tax department, and the details furnished with the DGFT, as information is cross-verified for accuracy. Once you do this, you can file for an IE code once again. Follow the same procedure for filing a normal application, and select the option, “Apply again where earlier application was rejected”.
It is very unlikely that this will happen with an IEC online application. The process of submitting IEC registration online has been made very simple by the DGFT when it comes to an import and export licence. As long as everything is right from your end, it should be possible to get your IEC online application submitted with little to no hassles. Therefore, you shouldn’t be encountering any kind of problems when you apply for a suitable IEC. Then again, there are times when you will be faced with certain issues. If in case this does happen, there are a few things that you can do. The details of the same are mentioned above. • The most common cause of this is because of an IEC required documents problem. Please check and see if you are submitting all of the necessary documents, in the exact format as prescribed. • Additionally, it could be a server issue from the DGFT side. If that is the case, try to submit the same after some time. You should be able to have your application submitted successfully if in case the problem was because of a server or network issue. Also to be added here is that there are times when an IEC online application was already submitted, but due to a network issue, or something similar, there was no confirmation or anything else
If your application has been successfully submitted, you should be able to view details of the same after the process has been completed. You will be getting a confirmation message on the screen, and an IEC certificate or export import certificate of the same. Also to be added is that the same will also be mailed to the registered email ID as well. Therefore, make sure to check your email after you apply for an IEC certificate (whether it is a new application or one for modifying an existing IE Code), so as to access this file.
The status of an IEC certificate or export import certificate, regarding its validity and other details, can be attained by visiting the link given below. dgftebrc.nic.in:8090/Iec_Report/jsp/iec.jsp By visiting the link, one will be asked to enter a few details, after which the status will be mentioned for IEC code registration.
To get a copy of an E-IEC, the same would have to first be generated by the DGFT. In other words, it is possible to get the IE code online. If in case the IEC registration has already been completed and code generated, a copy can be acquired by visiting the below link: The procedure to get an E-IEC licence copy is as follows: • Visit the link mentioned above. • Enter the IEC number and the name of the Individual/Entity • Press ‘Submit Query’. • The relevant information will be displayed, if the same exists in the records and has been retrieved from the department’s servers.
The question here is with regard to a change of the business entity, without any kind of change in the business activity. For example, if a Company A were to be engaging in Activity Z, but its owner were to close it down and open Company B, should a new IE code be acquired, or can the old one remain valid for export and import activities. If in case a business entity is closed and another one is opened, the existing IEC licence will have to be surrendered. The individual will have to acquire a new IE code for the new business entity being opened, while filing the necessary IEC required documents once again, to register IEC afresh. Also, IEC code registration is something that applies for all companies, without exception. IE codes are business entity specific, i.e. for proprietors, LLP, Limited Company, etc., meaning that each business entity, regardless of their activity, will require their own unique 10 digit IE code.
An IEC licence is public information, as it is issued to help other entities dealing with a business house to identify their validity. Due to this reason, details about the same are available publicly for those who may require the information. Therefore, whatever details were furnished at the time of applying for a suitable IEC registration, will be the information that would be provided on the ICEGATE website, about the import export certificate. The information that would be made available publicly here includes the name of the applicant/entity (Individual, Company, Trust, etc), the registered address and Pan. In addition to this, any other information related to the import export certificate will also be given, as per the permitted regulations.
Concerned parties can get the necessary information for your IE code online. If one wishes to get information about a particular IE Code’s validity, business information and so on, they can do so by visiting the link below. www.icegate.gov.in/EnqMod/ The information available in public records will be given after the IE code and captcha details are mentioned.
Yes. It is possible to apply for an IEC registration offline; although an IEC import export online registration is easier. The DGFT has given users the option for IEC code registration both online as well as offline, and you can choose whatever option you feel is the best for you. It should also be added that the use of offline application is discouraged by most government bodies to make IEC code, wherever online application options are available. In other words, it is a good idea to go for the DGFT website and apply for an IEC registration online, rather than offline. Also to note is that the import export online option is a lot faster, and thereby helps you to save a lot of time. This is not something that you can expect if you were to be applying for the same offline. In other words, getting an IE code online is a lot easier. You can get the details by going to the link below and downloading the application form. All the other procedural details are the same, as per the information already mentioned in earlier FAQs on how to register/modify the IEC number details. The same will have to be submitted to your local DGFT office, after which you will be issued an IEC number.
If you want to know the details about the DGFT, whether it is their phone number, addresses or about any particular individual, you can check it out by visiting the official DGFT website. The link for the website is, Additionally, you can make use of the three specific links below, which give you details about how to get in touch with the right individual or headquarters, as per your needs. The first one is with regard to the main contact details that may be of importance to you. The second one has information about regional offices of the DGFT. The third one is a helpline number which you can use if there are any grievances that you wish to have addressed, or would like to make any enquiries.