What is Importer Exporter Code ?
All businesses engaged in importing and exporting goods must have an Importer Exporter Code (IEC). Without one, you cannot import or export. You don't need to be a registered entity to apply for one; you can apply even as an individual. The IEC does not apply to technology and services. However, it does in certain cases in which international trade is restricted, such as nuclear weapons and automatic guns. The IEC is a 10-digit code with permanent validity issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade.
You need to send in copies of PAN cards, identity, address proofs and four passport-sized photographs of the proprietor/partners/directors. Private limited companies must also submit the Memorandum and Articles of Association, and Certificate of Incorporation, while Partnerships must submit the Partnership Agreement. Details of the entity's current account and the type of exporter (in case of manufacturer, MSME registration details would need to be provided) need to be sent in. A copy of the company's letterhead may also be required.
We will file the application in the required Aayaat Niryaat Form 2A (ANF 2A) format to the Regional Authority of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in the region where the registered office of the company is situated.
Within two working days, the IEC should be ready. If the documents are not in order or the inspector asks for additional documents, the registration process will be completed as soon as you submit them. You will receive the IEC code at this time.