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Import And Export Code

Leading your goods and services towards the international market for import and export will eventually lead towards the expansion of your business . But managing an import/export function itself can be difficult for an untrained person, and her job is made more difficult by the various commercial jargons and legal trials that international trade suffer from . In this article we shall explain some parts of import and export trade as well as explain import export code.

What is Import Export Code ?


The first step in the process of starting an Import Export Trade is to secure your business legally by obtaining an IEC. An IEC is mandatory for import/export of goods. In case the import/export is of services or technology, IEC is required in only limited state of affairs . When import/export is in ‘specified services’ or ‘specified technologies’, i.e. services or technologies in which international trade is constrained by the Government of India as they concern to national security, such as trading in explosive driven by nuclear energy , mitrailleuse, etc.

Procedure for obtaining an Import Export Code –


Obtaining an Import Export license is a very difficult procedure which is marked by various commercial jargons and legal trials . Unlike the others Sujata Associates offers various services which include registration of Import Export Code . The procedure of obtaining an IEC are as follows –

1. An application must be made in the Aayaat Niryaat Form 2A (ANF 2A) format to the Regional Authority of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in the region where the registered office of the company is loacated.

2. The DGFT has provided online filing facility for obtaining IEC and other authorizations which is available at sujataassociates.com .Form ANF 2A requires basic details of the business and its proprietors, partners or directors (as applicable), bank account details and a bank certificate (where the business has an account) stating the period for which the business has an account with the bank.

One thing to be kept in mind is that the Permanent Account Number (PAN) is pre-requisite for grant of an IEC. And only one IEC can be issued against a single PAN.

The IEC issued is valid for all the branches or factories of the importer/exporter, as the case may be. Applications winch are complete in all respects are normally disposed of within two days. For practical purposes, you can provide for a week’s time (after factoring in the time required to make any changes in case your initial application is incomplete in some respect).

Benefits OF Having an IEC –



The benefits of having an IEC are as follows –


1. Unraveling International Markets - Import Export Code ( IEC ) which is issued by the DGFT in India is ten digit number . It is a mandatory requirement in the field of Import Export Trade as a business operating without an ICE code would be considered immoral and unethical . As with the help of IEC code one can also register for online market places like amazon.com , and etc .

2. Complete Online Process – IEC registration process is a completely an online process by which any company can easily get an IEC code via online registration which is available at sujataassociates.com.

3. Less Number of documents required – In the process of registration of IEC , the documents required for the registration procedure are not more than four . The documents required for the registration are copy of pan card , copy of ID proof , passport size photograph and a cancelled cheque .

4. Permanent Registration - Once IEC is issued it is holds its credibility for life time . There is no need of renewal fees as it is one time investment only .

5. Absence of maintenance fees – There is no need of annual maintenance fees for IEC , as there is no legal compliance prescribed .




Simple & Transparent Pricing



# Basic Standard
Rs. 1,999/- Rs. 4,999/-

all inclusive fees

Proprietorship registration with TAN registration, MSME under Udyog Aadhaar and iCFO compliance tracking. Inclusive of government fee.

If Foreign Subsidiary

Proprietorship registration with TAN registration, MSME under Udyog Aadhaar, service tax registration and iCFO compliance tracking. Inclusive of government fee.

Reasons to Register a IE Code

Importers Require IE Code

All Importers who import goods into India require an IE Code. The IE Code must be quoted while clearing customs. Also, banks require the importers IE Code while sending money abroad

No Return Filing

IE Code does not require the filing of any return. Once, an IE Code is issued there are no further procedures required to maintain validity of the IE Code. Even if import or export transactions occur, there are no filings required to DGFT.

Exporters Require IE Code

All Exporters who export goods or services from India require an IE Code. The IE Code must be quoted while sending shipments. And banks require the exporters IE Code while receiving money from abroad. And banks require the exporters IE Code while receiving money from abroad.

Proprietors can have IE Code

Even individuals who are proprietors of a business can obtain IE Code in their name. It is not necessary to incorporate a business entity for obtaining IE Code.

Lifetime - NO Renewal

IE Code is issued for the lifetime of the entity and requires no renewal. So once a IE Code is obtained, it can be used by that entity for all its import or export transactions without any further hassles.

No Return Filing

IE Code does not require the filing of any return. Once, an IE Code is issued there are no further procedures required to maintain validity of the IE Code. Even if import or export transactions occur, there are no filings required to DGFT.

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