IMPORT EXPORT CODE NUMBER (IEC)

IMPORT EXPORT CODE NUMBER (IEC)


  1. It is a unique 10 digit code issued by DGFT to a person.
  2. IEC is mandatory to export any goods out of India or to import any goods into India unless specifically exempt.
  3. Permanent Account Number (PAN) is pre-requisite for grant of an IEC.
  4. Only one IEC can be issued against a single PAN.
  5. An application for IEC is to be made manually to the nearest Regional Authority of DGFT or alternatively, it can be filed online, in Form ANF 2A and shall be accompanied by prescribed documents.
  6. In case of STPI/ EHTP/ BTP units, the Regional Offices of the DGFT having jurisdiction over the district in which the Registered/ Head Office of the STPI unit is located shall issue or amend the IECs.
  7. New Procedure for online IEC application/modification has been introduced vide Trade Notice No 23/2018-19 New Delhi, Dated the 8th August, 2018.
  8. Online application for IEC requires only 2 documents i.e.
    • Address proof the applicant entity; and
    • Cancelled Cheque bearing entity’s pre-printed name or Bank Certificate, to be uploaded

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