Importer Exporter Code

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What is IEC?

A ten-digit identification code allotted by the DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade), Department of Commerce, Government of India to someone who’s into import/export business is called Importer Exporter Code. It is also known as the IEC certificate. Individuals and companies need to obtain this code before starting a business that includes import and export in the Indian nation. It is not permissible to trade with export or import business without getting this code.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made it compulsory for all merchants to mention their IE Code while doing any international payment transaction. Even Customs Department asks for the Importer Exporter code before passing any shipment from abroad.
The Import Export Code comes with a validity of lifetime, which can be used by the business throughout its presence and does not need to renew or re-filing. Once IEC is issued to a company, it can perform all its import-export requirements without any problems.

In which conditions Importer Exporter Code is Necessary?

  • If any Company or firm planning to do any import/export activities, then it is compulsory. Without it, the Organizations or firms cannot carry any import/export activities.
  • The customs authorities and customs port need this code to send their shipments from the customs. 
  • If an importer intends to send money outside India via his banks, it is needed by the bank.
  • Many advantages and subsidies are provided from DGFT, Customs, and Export Promotion Council on their Import Export.
  • If an exporter receives payment in foreign currency directly into his bank account, it is needed by the bank.

Required Document?

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Two Colour photos Of Promoters/Individuals/ Company/ Director
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Identity Proof (Voter ID / Driving License/ Passport)
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Identity Proof (Voter ID / Driving License/ Passport)
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Address Proof (Bank Statement / Electricity, Mobile, Telephone Bill)
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Proof Of Registered Office
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Utility Bill As Proof Must Be Latest
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No, the Importer Exporter Code can be used for both Import and Export. Many people have the wrong idea they need separate IEC codes for import and export, but this is not so. You only need one code number for importing as well as exporting.

It is expected that the Importer Exporter code is only for the import or export of goods. But it is essential for both goods as well as services. Import or export of services is an international transaction. So any person rendering services beyond the boundaries of India needs to hold this code.

Importer Exporter Code registration is a one-time thing. And it has lifetime validity, so you don't need to renew it. This code is to be quoted at the time of import, export or paying, or receiving payments. No returns are to be filed for the Importer Exporter Code as there are no post-registration compliances.

IEC is required only for business and commercial purposes. There is no need for this code to import or export goods for personal use. Hence one can import or export goods without any enrollment for personal use.

The State government or Central government departments do not need to take IE registration. They are assigned a fixed number which is requested for any such transactions.

Every individual or organization that imports or exports goods for commercial have to take Importer Exporter Code registration. It is mandatory to register an IEC with the  DGFT department if your business involves imports or exports, even you have registered under GST.  

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