IE Code registration is permanent registration which is valid for a lifetime. Hence, there will be no hassles for updating, filing and renewal of IE Code registration. It is valid until the business exists or the registration is revoked or surrendered. Further, unlike tax registrations like GST registration or PF registration, the importer or exporter does not require to file any filings or follow any other compliance requirement like annual filing.
As IE code registration is one-time and requires no additional compliance, it is recommended for all companies and LLPs to obtain IE code after incorporation.
An Import Export Code is required for import of any type of goods by a business. However, the following category of persons are exempted from obtaining an IE Code:
Importer and export by central Government or agencies or undertakings for defence purpose or other specified lists under Foreign Trade (exemption from the application of Rules in certain cases) Order, 1993.
Import or Export of Goods for personal use.
Para 2.08 of the Handbook of Procedure contains provisions relating to the application for IE Code. Vide public notice no. 27/2015-2020 dated 8th August 2018, the said para under-went an amended and the provisions of the amended para as applicable with regard to the application for IEC is provided hereunder –
Exporters/importers shall file an online application in form ANF 2A.
The applicant is required to submit only two documents; one is the address proof, and the other is the pre-printed cheque or bank certificate.
|LLP or Private Limited Company or Section 8 Company||
|Society or Trust||
Once the online application is submitted, along with appropriate fees and requisite documents, IEC will be auto-generated. Intimation regarding allotment of IEC will be sent to an applicant via SMS and Email along with a hyperlink through which the e-IEC can be downloaded and printed. The IE Code certificate will only be provided digitally and can be downloaded from the link provided. An e-IEC holder needs to update his profile immediately after issuance of e-IEC. Further, in case of any change to the details mentioned in the IEC or in any other case, the profile update needs to be done at least once in a year, as per para 2.15 of the Handbook of Procedure, 2015-2020.
Though the import-export code is auto-generated, the Regional Authority would conduct post-verification of the online IEC as per the guidelines. In case there is any wrong/incomplete information being furnished, the applicant would be liable for penal/criminal action and in such case, IEC would be either suspended or cancelled.