Application for iec code

Application for iec code – Import export code – Getting the IEC code is not a complex process and is required to import items from China,Taiwan or other countries. A Simple procedure of filling the IEC code application form and submitting the required documents is all that is needed.

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In order to import goods at a commercial level,a mandatory license is issued by the DGFT (directorate general of foreign trade) that one must procure either on the firms name or on the proprietors name.

In addition the IEC is also required by all the courier companies when you set up an account with them,this helps to get added benefits,reduction in freight charges,as that can be high depending on the weight of  the consignment.

Before doing this,of course other documents related to the firm should be in place.

Application for iec code – DOCUMENTS

1.Shops and establishment or “ghumasta” license in your firms name

2.VAT certificate

3.Current account

4.Two photographs of applicant

5.DD for rupees 250, paid to DGFT (City),available in an appendix pdf on DGFT website

6.Two envelopes with Rs.15 stamps each.

7.A file cover with all documsnts attached

8.PAN card either for firm/applicant (2 copies)

9.Two copies of address proof

10.Completely filled out application form,that can be downloaded at the DGFT website,each page signed by the applicant

11.Bank format application – This template is given in the application form,and is just a statement by the bank saying that the concerned firm has a current account with them since.—years.This is the most important piece of the application,as this is the bank through which you will be wire transferring your funds to the exporter.

ACTUAL PICTURE of Application for iec code

application for iec code


TheIEC code will then be mailed to you by EMS in 3 working days In the envelope provided,the second envelope will go to the bank.

It is a relativly simple procedure,and does not require an “agent” .

TIPS for getting Application for iec code

In secondary address field,make sure to give address of company as after Vashi otherwise, you will be charged Octroi charges for every consignment that you import of export, which can greatly add to your overall cost.

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13 Responses to Application for iec code

  1. Sundaram May 7, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    You have done a great job! So much explained in such a simple language. I’m not talking about only this post but most of your post possess a very lucid language. Anyways, I wanted to ask you a question. I am looking to import a pressure gauge spare part (bellows) from China. I wanted to know if I need to get IEC for the same? Also, consignment will be delivered by DHL so if u could help me know what kind of documents will I need to provide to DHL. Thanks in advance 🙂

    • jojo22 May 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      dhl will definitely ask you for IEC,,its a simple procedure, check my IEC post to get a good idea for documents needed

  2. Kunnu March 6, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    What to do if iec certificate undelivered or returned?

    • jojo22 March 6, 2012 at 9:15 am #

      go to your local DGFT branch and collect it

      • Amber lamba July 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

        My iec was returned undelivered. Can you please tell me the procedure. They are asking for information to post office. Can you please help.

        Thank you.

        • jojo22 July 5, 2015 at 4:27 am #

          the post office keeps the package for 2-3 days,,after that returns it to sender,,u can goto iec office and manual pickup

          • Amber lamba July 5, 2015 at 7:35 am #

            I went to Dgft office but they are asking to submit all the documents and also post office information. I cannot understand post office information. Can you please help me regarding this

            Thank you

          • jojo22 July 6, 2015 at 10:29 am #

            submit your file in despatch and take a stamped copy at dgft office

  3. Kunnu March 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    I apply iec on 28 feb through online and I get message on 1 march that my IEC cert is sent on 1 march via registered speed post but still i did not receive speed post.

    Is they require a receiver sign or they will through my speed post in my house area?

    • jojo22 March 4, 2012 at 4:26 am #

      give it few days,they use government service,mine took 4 days to get delivered

  4. jojo22 March 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm #


  5. jojo22 March 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    thnks thumb,,most of the stuff is first hand knowlegde,all through my own experiences,i once was a novice too at this


  1. rashmin - November 9, 2011

    IEC is easy to get if you have all papers in order.

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