how to apply import export code online


IEC generally stands for Import Export Code or Import Export Certificate. Import Export Code (IE) Certificate is necessary for anyone planning to do import export business from India. It is issued by Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT, Online). Earlier, IECs were issued through manual and online mode at the option of the applicant. However, since April 1, 2016, the IEC has to be compulsorily to be applied and issued online. Before Implementation of GST, IEC number was allotted as a 10 digit numeric number however after GST, from July 1, 2017, the IEC numbers issued are the same as the PAN number.

Vide Trade notice number 23 dated 08th August 2018, DGFT department has made it very easy for anyone holding PAN and bank account to get IEC as there will be no requirement of a DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) while filling import export code form for fresh Import Export Code

With this, it is very easy to obtain an IEC. Once the application is submitted at DGFT website by filling up required details, e-IEC gets generated online immediately by system which then can be downloaded, printed and used. A random sample based inspection is carried out after issue by the department, and in case of any discrepancy, the applicant is contacted to provide further details or to rectify the documents. There is no need to go to the DGFT office anymore to get an IEC.

11 Steps  to apply for the IEC online in India:

Step 1: Visit Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)’s official website – IEC CODE STEP 1 

Step 2: From the top menu, select ‘Services’ >> ‘IEC’ >> ‘Online IEC Application,’ as shown in the image below


Step 3: On this screen, you will be asked to enter your ‘PAN’ card number. Enter your PAN number and click the button ‘search.’ DGFT will first verify your PAN and then proceed


Note: If you carefully see the above image, this also describes required documents for obtaining IE (Import Export Code) New Procedure for online IEC application/modification has been introduced vide Trade Notice No 23/2018-19 New Delhi, Dated the 8 th August,2018 . Kindly see the following:


Mandatory Documents to be uploaded for new IEC


(a)   Bank Certificate / Pre-printed Cancelled Cheque

Required  *

(b)  Address Proof of the firm

Required  *


 Any of the Following Documents: Sale deed | Rent agreement | Lease Deed | Electricity bill | Telephone Land line bill | Mobile Postpaid bill | MOU | Partnership Deed


 Other acceptable documents(for Proprietorship only): Aadhar Card | Passport | Voter Id


 In case the address proof is not in the name of the applicant firm, a No Objection Certificate(NOC) by the firm premises owner in favour of the firm along with the address proof is to be submitted as a single PDF document



Digital Signature Certificate

Now Not Required


Copy of PAN Card

Now Not Required



Now Not Required

 Step 4: On this next screen, select the radio button with the option – ‘Apply for Fresh e-IEC.’ Then, enter your mobile number and email ID in the respective fields. Then, enter the captcha code in the given field, and click on the ‘Generate Token’ button to generate tokens. The tokens are one time passwords (OTPs) to verify your identity

iec code online apply step 4

the system will prompt for the following:

(a) PAN (Pre-filled)

(b) Name of Company

(c) Date of Birth/Incorporation (DOB/DOI)

After entering above given details at (b) and (c)  and required captcha, the system will verify your Name ,DOB/DOI from the CBDT PAN Web Server

(Please Note; Enter the Name and /DOB (DOI) correctly otherwise your authentication on the PAN server site will fail)

Step 5: It will direct to DGFT- IEC application enabling you to Apply for fresh IEC application with the message “Your PAN has been verified by CBDT web service. Please proceed”. Then, enter your mobile number and email ID in the respective fields. Then, enter the captcha code in the given field, and click on the ‘Generate Token’ button to generate tokens. The tokens are one time passwords (OTPs) to verify your identity.

iec code online step 5  


Step 6: You will receive two different tokens – one on your provided mobile number and another one on your provided email ID. Enter these tokens in the respective fields, as shown in the image below. Then, press the button ‘Submit’

iec code online step 6


Step 7: On this next screen, you have to fill below details:-

-Entity Name & Address,

-Nature of Concern (Whether Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, Private Limited, Public Limited, HUF, Trust etc.)

– Preferred Activity (Whether Merchant Exporter, Manufacturer Exporter or service provider or combination thereof)

-Bank Account Detail

– CIN (in case of limited company)

-Registration Certificate No (if Any)

– Details of Applicant (Name, Designation, Address, Mobile Number, Email ID and PAN)

– Place and Date of Submission

Then click on save Button

import export code online step 7

Step 8: Next Enter your Branch Detail with city, State and PIN Code (If Any), Director/ Partners etc detail ( Director Identification Number, Name, PAN, Date of Birth, Father’s Name, Address, Mobile Number, Adhar Card No. and click on Add Button

iec code online step 8

Step 9: You have to upload the (a) Printed-Cancel Cheque or Bank Certificate (b) Address Proof quickly in the image and/or PDF formats to get your IEC certification

import export code step 9

Step 10: You click on “Fee Payment”   to pay Rs. 500/- IEC application fees online via different payment modes, like a Credit card, debit card, net banking, etc

iec code online step 10  

Step 11: Now click on submit button from Top Right cornor.  After clicking the submit button,  on screen a popup will come with your ECOM Reference No. and Applicant Name which indicate your Application have been filed successfully. Now Generate and take the print IEC certificate for further reference.

iec code online step 11

(The system will automatically generate the IEC certificate once you submit your application based on your Jurisdictional Authority and it will automatically despatch the IEC letter on your registered e-mail id)

Sample Format of IEC Certificate

iec certificate format

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