How to Get IEC Code (Import Export Code) & How to Apply for It

Getting and Applying for IEC (Import Export Code)

IEC in full form is Import Export Code or Importer Exporter Code which is represented by a 10 digit number issued by DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade), Department of Commerce, Government of India. Obtaining this code is mandatory for bonafide companies or individuals who want to start a business of import and export in Indian territory. No dealing of export or import is possible without IEC license.

Obtaining an IEC requires fulfillment of certain conditions and adherence to certain regulations. DGFT has several regional offices throughout India and it is possible to obtain IEC from the nearest zonal or regional office.

The different steps involved in applying and acquiring Import Export Code (IEC)

  • Application form for IEC is available online from the website of DGFT, and might be downloaded;
  • An application should be made in form no. ANF 2A
  • A bank account and PAN (permanent account number ) are mandatory prerequisites for applying for an IEC;
  • Parts A, B, and D of an IEC application form are needed to be filled in and submitted for acquiring a new code;
  • Filled in the application must be signed by the applicant on every page;
  • Together with the application certain documents are required to be submitted;
  • The documents that are required to be submitted are – copy of valid PAN; copy of bank certificate; and photograph of applicant;
  • For online submission of IEC form, scanned copies of PAN, bank certificate, and photograph should be forwarded as per instructions provided;
  • A payment of Rs.250/- (Two hundred fifty rupees only) as the IEC application fee, should be sent along with your applications. This money needs to be sent by EFT (electronic fund transfer) directly to DGFT;
  • For offline submission, a demand draft for Rs.250/-(Two hundred fifty rupees only) payable to Regional Office of DGFT needs to be submitted;
  • For offline submission documents required are -self-certified copy of PAN; copy of banker’s certificate attested by bank, and two passport size photographs;
  • A self-addressed envelope with Rs.30/- (Thirty rupees only) must also be sent with filled in application form and requisite documents.


For assistance in filling up application form for IEC, every regional and zonal office has a PRO. The filling of application is not difficult as instructions are clear and doubtless. Filing of IEC forms online is simple as instructions are well indicated and there is no chance for any confusion.

Submission – Online forms are automatically submitted if they are filled in according to instructions that appear on your computer screen. Hand filled applications may be submitted in person to the nearest zonal or regional offices or sent by courier or mail.

Issue and Dispatch – IEC allotment letters are sent by post to the applicant’s address as recorded in the application. Self–addressed envelopes are used in sending IEC allotment letter with a 10-digit code.

Once the IEC reaches you, you become eligible for engaging in exporting and importing activities.



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  2. suvidh shah Reply

    Good post. But you have not covered a lot of things that are covered in in Step by Step process in another blog I found. Please see if you can include these details also to make this blog more helpful.

    • Praveen Sharma Reply

      Thanks for sharing this information, Suvidh. This is indeed very helpful. 🙂

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