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To import or export goods and services from India, businesses are required to obtain specific licenses or registration, including an Importer Exporter Code (IEC) issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). Here’s how you can obtain an IEC as an importer:

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria set by the DGFT for obtaining an IEC. Generally, any bonafide person or entity involved in the import/export business is eligible to apply for an IEC.

Step 2: Gather Required Documents

Collect the necessary documents for the IEC application process, which typically include:

  • PAN card of the applicant entity (Proprietor/Partnership Firm/Company/LLP)
  • Bank Certificate or canceled cheque
  • Copy of passport, voter ID card, or Aadhar card of the applicant
  • Passport size photograph of the applicant
  • Copy of the partnership deed or certificate of incorporation (for companies)
  • Bank statement of the applicant entity

Step 3: Fill Out Application Form

Visit the DGFT website and fill out the online IEC application form (ANF-2A) with accurate details. You can also obtain the form from the regional DGFT office or download it from their website.

Step 4: Upload Documents

Scan and upload all the required documents along with the IEC application form on the DGFT website. Ensure that the documents are clear, legible, and in the specified format.

Step 5: Pay Application Fee

Pay the required fee for the IEC application through the online payment portal provided by the DGFT. The fee amount may vary depending on the category of the applicant (individual or entity) and other factors.

Step 6: Submit Application

Submit the completed IEC application along with the required documents and proof of fee payment through the online portal. Once submitted, you will receive an acknowledgment containing a unique file number.

Step 7: Track Application Status

Track the status of your IEC application online using the unique file number provided in the acknowledgment. The DGFT website typically provides a facility to track the progress of your application.

Step 8: Receive IEC Certificate

Once your IEC application is processed and approved by the DGFT, you will receive the IEC certificate electronically to the email address provided in the application. The certificate contains the 10-digit IEC number assigned to your business.

Step 9: Maintain Compliance

Ensure ongoing compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and guidelines governing import-export transactions in India. Renew your IEC periodically as per the specified renewal requirements to keep it valid and active.