Importer Exporter Code (IEC) is a unique 10 digit code issued by Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. To import or export in India, IEC is mandatory without which, no person or entity shall make any Import or Export.However, Persons importing or exporting goods for personal use not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture are exempt from obtaining IEC.
An application for grant of IEC number shall be made by the Registered/Head Office of the applicant to the nearest Regional Authority of Directorate General Foreign Trade. Only one IEC would be issued against a single PAN number.
An IEC number allotted to an applicant shall be valid for all its branches/divisions/units/factories. It is valid for life. There is no renewal concept in IEC.
In case the IEC application is rejected by the concerned DGFT RA, one can apply again.
No returns to be filed.