How to apply IEC code Online (Troubleshooting Errors to Register DSC at DGFT) By CS Gaurav Kumar

Dear Professional Colleagues,

IEC Code is unique 10 digit code issued by DGFT – Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India to Indian Companies.

One important thing to keep in mind is that IEC Code becomes 
only applicable when goods are imported or exported for business purposes and not when goods are imported for personal/ self-uses.

Full From of IEC Code is: “Importer Exporter Code ”. 

Now there is no any different number issued for IEC Code.
Only PAN Number works as IEC Code. (Yes, you read it right).

To import or export in India, IEC Code is mandatory.

"No person or entity shall make any Import or Export without IEC Code Number."

IEC Code No Notification

Directorate General of Foreign Trade(DGFT) issued a Policy Circular No.15 (RE-2006)/2004-2009 Date: 27th July 2006) for New System for the issuance of Importer-Exporter Code Number.

Application for Grant of IEC Number

An application for grant of IEC number has to be made online by visiting DGFT official website which shall be accompanied by documents prescribed therein. In case of STPI/ EHTP/ BTP units, the Regional Offices of the DGFT having jurisdiction over the district in which the Registered/ Head Office of the STPI unit is located shall issue or amend the IECs. 

Important Note

Only one IEC would be issued against a single PAN number. Any proprietor can have only one IEC number and in case there are more than one IECs allotted to a proprietor, the same may be surrendered to the Regional Office for cancellation.

Who are eligible to apply for IEC

Every importer and exporter has to mandatorily apply for the IEC code.

To find out who all are exempted to apply IEC Code.

You can find the Exemption rules here.

The process to apply for IEC Code?

You can apply for an IEC Code, by applying to the DGFT online. The IEC code is valid for all the branches of an organization.

The IEC Code can be applied by following these steps:-

Step 1: Enter the following address in your browser-

Step 2: Click on the ‘Online Application’ tab on the left side of the screen and from the drop-down menu select ‘IEC’.

Step 3: Then choose ‘Online IEC Application’

Step 4: Enter your PAN number to log in and click Next.

Step 5: Go to File and choose ‘New IEC Application details’

Step 6: Then a form will appear. Fill all the details and click ‘Upload Documents’

Step 7: Upload the relevant documents on the DGFT Website.

Step 8: After uploading the documents and filling the form, click on ‘Branch’ to add any branch details

Step 9: Then click on ‘Director’ to add the details of the directors in case of the company

Step 10: Then click ‘EFT’ to make the online payment

Step 11: Fill the amount details, which is Rs. 500 and choose your bank.

Step 12: Then a draft invoice will appear. Check the details and click on ‘Pay now’.

Step 13: Make the payment by using your internet banking details

Once the application is complete in all respect, you can take the printout of IEC application by pressing the PRINT button.

Note: Bank Certificate is optional now. You can upload the Cancel Cheque having printed the Organization name on it and the same will do. This has been done to streamline the ease of doing business in India.

IEC Online Application Status Query

After submitting IEC Application successfully, you can see the current status of IEC application online itself after login. It will show the Online status of IEC application.

Make use of the below link to troubleshoot IEC Issues 

Important Troubleshooting Errors to Register DSC at DGFT

Important Troubleshooting Errors:

1. Open Internet Explorer;
2. Add in trusted site list, site exception list of Java and Compatibility View mode;
3. Uncheck Enable Protected Mode;
4. Under Custom Level, Enable all ActiveX Controls and Plugins;
5. Disable Pop-up Blocker everywhere you see;
6. Reset custom setting to medium or low (if permitted), and apply the settings;
7. Ignore the message which says Your security setting level puts your computer at risk;
8. Verify that the DSC to be registered is shown in the Certificates under Content;
8. Under Content, Clear SSL state;
9. Remove all temp files; and
10. Restart the system and it shall work.

Use these two link which will also help you if you are still facing the issue

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