IEC (Import Export Code) – How to Apply for It and Its Benefits

Welcome to Vyaapar Seva Kendra, your trusted partner for all your business registration and compliance needs. In today’s blog, we will delve into the world of Import Export Code (IEC) in India. We will guide you through the process of applying for an IEC and shed light on the many benefits it offers to businesses engaged in international trade.

Understanding Import Export Code (IEC)

IEC, also known as the Importer Exporter Code, is a 10-digit alphanumeric code issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. It is mandatory for businesses engaged in the import or export of goods and services from India.

How to Apply for IEC

The process of applying for an IEC is straightforward, and it can be done online through the DGFT’s official website. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Create an Account

Visit the DGFT’s official website and create an account. You’ll need a valid PAN card and a mobile number registered in your name for this.

Step 2: Fill the Online Application

Log in to your DGFT account and fill out the online IEC application form (Aayaat Niryaat Form – ANF 2A). Provide accurate details regarding your business, such as name, address, and bank details.

Step 3: Upload Documents

Attach the required documents, including a copy of your PAN card, passport-sized photographs, and bank certificate. The specific documents may vary based on the type of applicant (individual, company, partnership, etc.).

Step 4: Pay the Fee

Pay the application fee online through a secure payment gateway. The fee varies depending on the type of business entity and is non-refundable.

Step 5: Submit the Application

Once you’ve completed the application and paid the fee, submit the application online. You will receive an Application Reference Number (ARN) for tracking the status of your application.

Step 6: Verification

The DGFT will review your application and may seek additional information or clarification if necessary.

Step 7: IEC Issuance

Upon successful verification, your IEC certificate will be issued electronically, and you can download it from the DGFT website.

Benefits of Obtaining an IEC

Now that you know how to apply for an IEC let’s explore the significant benefits it offers to businesses engaged in international trade:

1. Global Expansion

IEC enables your business to expand its reach globally by engaging in import and export activities. It opens doors to international markets and potential customers.

2. Legitimacy

Having an IEC adds legitimacy and credibility to your business. It signifies that your business is recognized and authorized by the government for international trade.

3. Access to Export Incentives

IEC is a prerequisite for availing export incentives, benefits, and subsidies offered by various government schemes, such as the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS).

4. Ease of Customs Clearance

IEC simplifies the customs clearance process for your imports and exports. It’s mandatory for customs authorities to record IEC details for customs clearance.

5. Easier Access to Finance

Financial institutions often require an IEC for granting loans, credit facilities, or advances to businesses engaged in international trade.

6. Brand Visibility

Engaging in international trade enhances your brand’s visibility and can lead to increased brand recognition and customer trust.


Obtaining an Import Export Code (IEC) is a crucial step for businesses looking to engage in international trade. It’s a relatively simple process that offers a multitude of benefits, from global expansion to enhanced credibility and access to financial incentives.

At Vyaapar Seva Kendra, we specialize in assisting businesses with their regulatory and compliance needs, including IEC registration. Our expert team can guide you through the process, ensuring that your business can explore the vast opportunities offered by international trade.

For more information and to get started with your IEC application, visit our website here. Register your business with an IEC and unlock the doors to global trade and growth today!