What is Import Export Code
IEC (Import Export Code) is required by anyone who is looking to kick-start his/her import/export business in the country. It is issued by the DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade). IEC is a 10-digit code which has a lifetime validity. Predominantly importers merchant cannot import goods without the Import Export Code and similarly, the exporter merchant cannot avail benefits from DGFT for the export scheme, etc. without IEC.
1. When an importer has to clear his shipments from the customs then it’s needed by the customs authorities.
2. When an importer sends money abroad through banks then it’s needed by the bank.
3. When an exporter has to send his shipments then its needed by the customs port.
4. When an exporter receives money in foreign currency directly into his bank account then its required by the bank.
Steps Involved in Import/Export Code
Step 1: First, you need to prepare an application form in the specified format – Aayaat Niryaat Form no. 2A format and file it with the respective Regional office of DGFT.
Step 2: Secondly, you need to prepare the required documents with respect to your identity & legal entity and address proof with your bank details & the certificate in respect of ANF2A.
Step 3: One your application is completed, you need to file with DGFT via DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) and pay the required fee for the IEC Registration.
Step 4: Finally, once your application is approved then you would receive the IEC Code in a soft copy from the government
Documents required for Import Export Code
For IEC Code Registration following documents are required:
- Individual’s or Firm’s or Company’s copy of PAN Card
- Individual’s voter id or Aadhar card or passport copy
- Individual’s or company’s or firm’s cancel cheque copy of current bank account
- Copy of Rent Agreement or Electricity Bill Copy of the premise