Filed Under (Knowledge, Miscellaneous) by Mason Pan on June-7-2014

IEC Code

If you import or export from India, when you book the vessel, you may be required by your shipping agent to provide an IEC Code for the shipment.

What’s IEC Code ?

IEC Code is a unique 10 digit code issued by DGFT – Director General of Foreign Trade , Ministry of Commerce, Government of India to Indian Companies.

Full From of IEC Code is“Importer Exporter Code”. To import or export in India, IEC Code is mandatory. No person or entity shall make any Import or Export without  an IEC Code Number.

How to obtain an IEC Code ?

You should ask your Indian partners to apply for an IEC No. Before shipment. The applicant (Indian importer or exporter) should apply to the nearest Regional Authority of Directorate General Foreign Trade, falls in a form named  ‘Aayaat Niryaat Form – ANF2A’to obtain the IEC code.

It takes about 4~7 working days to get the IEC number. The applicant should be the Registered/Head Office and the IEC number is valid for life and for all its branches/divisions/units/factories as indicated in the format of IEC given in Appendix- 18B.

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