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Import-Export Code Number


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Import-Export Code Number

Question: What is IEC Number?

IEC Stands for IMPORTER EXPORTER CODE. No export or import shall be made by any person without an Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) number unless specifically exempted.






 

 

Question: Is Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) mandatory for import of goods?

IEC is compulsory for imports. However, certain categories of importers are exempted from obtaining IEC. Details may be seen at Para 2.8 of Handbook of Procedure, Vol.-I on the DGFT website.




 

 

Question: How to obtain an IEC?

Application for obtaining IEC Number in made online at DGFT website http://dgft.gov.in in the prescribed form ANF 2A. The fee for new IEC or amendment in existing IEC is Rs. 500/. The prescribed documents in case of proprietorship firm are digital photograph, PAN Card, Copy of Passport (first & last page)/ Voter’s I-Card/ Driving Licence/ UID (Aadhar Card), Address Proof (Sale deed in case business premise is self owned; or Rental/ lease Agreement, in case office is rented/ leased; or latest electricity/ telephone bill and Bank Certificate as per ANF 2A(I)/ Cancelled Cheque bearing pre-printed name of applicant and a/c no. The detailed procedure for applying online is mentioned in ANF 2A. Application fee is also required to be paid electronically using net banking or debit/ credit cards. Applicants with digital signatures would sign the application with their digital signature and submit the same online. In case the applicant does not possess digital signature, then he would be required to take a print out of the filled up application (without attachments), sign the same and submit it to the concerned RA, either by Post or at the counter.





 

 

Question: Is PAN Number/PAN card essential?

Yes, PAN is mandatory.

Question: Can 2 IEC be issued against one PAN?

No




 

 

Question: How much time does it take to get an IEC?

All applications will be processed and disposed within two working days of their receipt. All IEC Certificates would be issued by the concerned RA (with his digital signature) in digital format only. The applicant can take a print out of the digitally signed IEC, as and when required. There is no provision for issue of deficiency letter in the new system. It the IEC application is rejected, the applicant would be required to file a fresh application.

 






 

 

Question: Can IEC be hand delivered/over the counter?

No, IEC will be issued in digital format only.






 

 

Question: How many days are required to send the data to customs?

The data is automatically transmitted electronically on the day of issue of IEC.







 

 

Question: Is IEC used by Custom department?

Yes .Based on IEC and PAN ,Customs generate BIN (Business Identification Number)

 






 

 

Question: Can one check their IEC status at Customs on line?

Yes. Click on http://dgft.gov.in/iecstatus  to know the status at customs







 

 

Question: What are the documents required for issue of Duplicate IEC ?

IEC will be issued in digital format only. The applicant can take a print out of the digitally signed IEC, as and when required.






 

 

Question: How to apply for modification in IEC number?

Modifications in IEC number are also applied online in ANF 2A. The prescribed fee for modification is Rs. 500/- is required to be paid electronically using net banking or debit/ credit cards. The modified documents are required to be uploaded along with the application form. Applicants with digital signatures would sign the application with their digital signature and submit the same online. In case the applicant does not possess digital signature, then he would be required to take a print out of the filled up application (without attachments), sign the same and submit it to the concerned RA, either by Post or at the counter. All IEC Certificates would be issued by the concerned RA (with his digital signature) in digital format only. The applicant can take a print out of the digitally signed IEC, as and when required.






 

 


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