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Import/Export Registration

For promoting entrepreneurship, the government provides special benefits to the small businesses in the form of subsidies and incentives. Also, banks give loans at concessional rates to set up these businesses. For availing those, the small businesses need to register under Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) act. If a business is registered under MSMEs act, it can avail several benefits like cheaper bank loans, tax benefits, preference during the tender process, and access to various schemes and incentives of government.

MSME stands for micro, small and medium enterprises and any enterprise that falls under any of these three categories. MSME enterprises are the backbone of any economy and are an engine of economic growth, promoting equitable development for all.

IEC is required in the following situations

  1. When an importer has to clear his shipments from the customs then it’s needed by the customs authorities.

  2. When an importer sends money abroad through banks then it’s needed by the bank.

  3. When an exporter has to send his shipments then its needed by the customs port.

  4. When an exporter receives money in foreign currency directly into his bank account then its required by the bank.

Documents Required For Registration

Documents For Entity

  • Electricity/ water bill (Business Place)

  • Copy of Service Tax returns (In case of Proprietorship)

  • Passport Size Photograph.

  • Bank Statement / Telephone Bill.

  • Certificate of incorporation (In case of company)

  • Copy of Property papers (If owned property)

  • AOA and MOA (In case of company)

  • Cancelled cheque of firm

  • Conveyance Deed/Lease Deed/Rent Agreement/Sale Deed.

  • Notarized rent agreement.

  • Certificate of No-Objection from Landlord.

Documents For Partner/ Director

  • Copy of PAN Card

  • Passport size photograph

  • Copy of Aadhaar Card/ Voter identity card

  • Authorization letter (In case of Partnership)

  • Authority from other Directors on letter head (In case of company)

  • Copy of Partnership deed (In case of Partnership)

  • Board Resolution/self declaration (In case of Company)

  • Telephone Bill in the name of the Individual (In case of individual)

  • Cancelled cheque of individual8

Import / Export Registration Packages


  1. Company Incorporation Certificate
  2. One Company Name Registration
  3. PAN / TAN
  4. DIN No.
  5. Udyog Aadhaar Certificate
  6. MOA
  7. AOA
  8. Share Certificate
  9. MSME Certificate
  10. GST Certificate
  11. Digital Signature For 2 Year

(No Hidden Charges)

  1. Company Incorporation Certificate
  2. One Company Name Registration
  3. PAN / TAN, Share Certificate
  4. DIN No., MOA, AOA
  5. Udyog Aadhaar Certificate
  6. MSME Certificate, GST Certificate
  7. Digital Signature For 2 Year
  8. Domain Name
  9. Single Page Website
  10. 1 Year Free Hosting, 1 Buisness Email
  11. Online 1 Year Free GST Software

(No Hidden Charges)

Import/Export Code- Registration Steps

Step 1: First, you need to prepare an application form in the specified format – Aayaat Niryaat Form no. 2A format and file it with the respective Regional office of DGFT.

Step 2: Secondly, you need to prepare the required documents with respect to your identity & legal entity and address proof with your bank details & the certificate in respect of ANF2A.

Step 3: One your application is completed, you need to file with DGFT via DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) and pay the required fee for the IEC Registration.

Step 4: Finally, once your application is approved then you would receive the IEC Code in a soft copy from the government.

Benefits of IEC Registration

1. Expansion of Business IEC assists you in taking your services or product to the global market and grow your businesses.

2. Availing Several Benefits The Companies could avail several benefits of their imports/ exports from the DGFT, Export Promotion Council, Customs, etc., on the basis of their IEC registration.

3. No Filling of returns IEC does not require the filing of any returns. Once allotted, there isn’t any requirement to follow any sort of processes for sustaining its validity. Even for export transactions, there isn’t any requirement for filing any returns with DGFT.

4. Easy Processing It is fairly easy to obtain IEC code from the DGFT within a period of 10 to 15 days after submitting the application. There isn’t any need to provide proof of any export or import for getting IEC code.

5. No need for renewal IEC code is effective for the lifetime of an entity and requires no renewal. After it is obtained, it could be used by an entity against all export and import transactions.

Frequently Asked Questions

IEC is a code required by business who are involved in imports and exports in India.

Under these circumstances importer exporter code is not required:

  1. Import/export of goods for personal use, which is not connected with trade, manufacture or agriculture.
  2. Import/export by government ministries and departments, and certain notified charitable organizations.

Any Person who is involved in import and export of goods and services in India must get a importer exporter code (IEC).

Generally it takes 3 to 7 days to get the IE code after the submission of all required documents and application.

There is no penalty on not having an IE code but import and export is not possible without an IE code.

The IE code is just a code. Once you have it, you can begin importing and exporting. You don't need to file the transactions done under this code or pay any taxes.

An IE code is valid for lifetime and thus it doesn't require a renewal.

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