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Date : 28 Jul 2006
Location : New Delhi




Q. What is IEC Number?


A. IEC Stands for IMPORTER EXPORTER CODE. No export or import shall be made by any person without an Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) number unless specifically exempted.


Q. Where to obtain an IEC?


A. An application for grant of IEC number shall be made by the Registered/Head Office of the applicant to the licensing authority under whose jurisdiction, the registered office in case of company and Head office in case of others, falls. Option of filing an online application followed by submission of physical copy of application can also be exercised to avoid delay caused by deficient applications.


Q. Is PAN Number/PAN card essential / what are the alternatives?


A. Yes, PAN is mandatory. Photocopy of PAN card has to be submitted along the application. If PAN card not issued to the applicant then a copy of PAN allotment letter from I.T. Department will also be accepted.


Q. Can 2 IEC be issued against one PAN?


A.  No


Q. How much time does it take to get an IEC?


A. IEC is normally dispatched within two working days of receipt of application. The applicants who file online application and pay fee by EFT can view their IEC within hours. IEC in such cases is dispatched within one working day from the receipt of physical copy of application.


Q. Can IEC be hand delivered/Over the counter?


A. No, IEC is dispatched through Speed Post.


Q. How many days are required to send the data to customs?


A. The data is automatically transmitted electronically on the day of issue of IEC.


Q. Is IEC used by Custom department?


A. Yes


Q. Can one check their IEC status at Customs on line?


A. Yes. Click on http://dgft.gov.in/iecstatus.html   to know the status at customs


Q. What are the documents required for issue of Duplicate IEC ?


A. Duly filled application form along with application fee of Rs.200/- ,

    a copy of FIR and an affidavit on stamp paper of Rs.10/- duly notarized.


Q. Can we apply online for issue of duplicate IEC?


A. No.




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