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    Anyone that wants to open its import/export business in that country would be forced to use the IEC (Import Export Code). The DGFT is released (Director General of Foreign Trade). IEC is a legitimate 10-digit code for life. Most notably, merchant importers are unable to import goods without an IEC Import Export Code and, equally, DGFT export scheme advantages are no longer applicable to exporters without IEC.

    In the following cases, IEC is required

    1. If an importer needs to clear its shipments from the customs, the customs authorities have to clear them.
    2. The banks need it when an importer sends money abroad through banks.
    3. If an exporter needs to forward his goods, so the customs port can give them.
    4. If an exporter gets money directly from his bank account in foreign currency, he is expected from the bank.

    Apply for the IE Code

    Paragraph 2.08 of the Handbook of Procedure includes provisions relating to the implementation of the IE Code. Vide Public Notice No. 27/2015-2020 dated 8 August 2018, the said clause has been amended and the conditions of the amended paragraph as applicable with respect to the IEC application are set out below –

    • Exporters/importers shall request an online application in the form of ANF 2A.
    • The applicant is only expected to request two documents; one is proof of address and the other is a pre-printed check or bank certificate.

    IE Code Application Documentation Needed

    The following are the documents needed for the implementation of the IE Code in India.

    • The company’s appointed partner/director signing the application is digital image (3x3cm).
    • Copy of the requesting entity’s PAN card.
    • Copy of the passport of a Managing Partner/Director signing an application. (First and last page)/I-Card/UID Voter (Aadhar
    • Card)/Driving License and PAN (either one of the two).
    • the incorporation certificate issued by the RoC
    • Selling in situations where the company premise is owned by the owners, rent/lease deal or the newest electrical or telephone bill is rented/leased at the office.ANF 2 A(I)/Canceled
    • Bank Certificate with pre-printed business name and A/C number.
    • Managing Partner’s Digital Photograph (3x3cms).
    • Copy of the requesting entity’s PAN card.
    • Passport copy (first & last page)/Voter’s I-Card /UID (Aadhar Card) /Driving License/PAN (any of these) of the signing application by the Managing Partner.
    • Partnership Deed Copy.
    • Selling deed in the case of self-owned company premises; or Rental/Lease Deal in the case of leased/leased office; or recent electricity/telephone charge.
    • ANF 2A(I)/Cancelled Bank Certificate Cheque containing the preprinted name of the borrower company and A/C No.

    The Import Export(IE) Code is a necessity for registration for individuals exporting or importing from India products and services. IE Code is issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India. IE Codes may be used during the lifetime of the issued organization and do not require renewal or registration. For most of the organisations the IE code is then recommended, regardless of whether they actually use it.

    The application for the IE Code and the necessary supporting documentation shall be forwarded to the Directorate General for International Trade. The DGFT will release the IE Code for the company within 15 – 20 working days or less after an application is submitted.