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No.CLE-HO/POL/CIRCULAR/14-15 February 24, 2015

Members of the Council

Sub: Online application for Import Export Code (IEC) Number

Dear Member

The DGFT has issued guidelines for online application of IEC numbers through series of Public Notices and Policy Circulars. The details are as follows.

a. DGFT Public Notice No.76(RE-2013)/2009-2014 dated Nov.27, 2014 notified the new format for IEC application (ANF 2A) stating that the IEC application will have to be filed in online mode only w.e.f 1.1.2015, along with all requisite documents.

b. DGFT Public Notice No.79(RE-2013)/2009-2014 dated Dec.31, 2014 notified detailed guidelines for issue / modification of Importer Exporter Code Number under various categories like Proprietorship, Partnership Firm, Public Limited Company, Private Limited Company etc.,.

c. DGFT Policy Circular No.15(RE-2013)/2009-2014 dated Dec.31, 2014 contained detailed instructions to the Regional Authorities of DGFT for online processing of IEC applications.

d. DGFT Public Notice No.80(RE-2013)/2009-2014 dated Jan.06, 2015 postponed the date of operationalization of online IEC application till the further date is notified.

e. DGFT Public Notice No.83(RE-2013)/2009-2014 dated Jan.30, 2015 notified operationalisation of the new system of applications for online IEC with effect from 01.02.2015. This notification stated the following.

i. Applicants having access to net-banking facility with the following ten notified banks, namely, i) HDFC Bank, ii) ICICI Bank, iii) Bank of India, iv) State Bank of India, v) Central Bank of India, vi) Punjab National Bank, vii) IDBI, viii) Axis Bank, ix) Union Bank of India, x) Oriental Bank of Commerce can apply online in the format notified vide Public Notice No.76 (RE-2013), dated 27.11.2014 as per detailed guidelines laid down in Public Notice No.79 dated 31.12.2014.

ii. Applicants who do not have access to net banking through the above banks can submit manual applications for IEC as before (existing prior to 01.02.2015) in physical form in the existing format (ANF-2A) and procedure with documents as prescribed therein, until further notice.

f. DGFT Policy Circular No.17 (RE-2013)/2009-2014 dated Jan 30, 2015 notified the instructions and check list to the Regional Authorities of DGFT for processing online IEC applications.

g. DGFT Public Notice No.84 (RE-2013)/2009-2014 dated Feb 10, 2015 stated the following.

  • The existing format, Appendix 18B, will continue to be in force for IEC numbers being issued in physical form, based on manual applications.
  • New IEC numbers, based on online applications, will however be issued in electronic form as per the new format for e-IEC (Appendix 18B-1) as attached.
  • The concerned Regional Authorities (RA) of DGFT, after receipt of online applications complete in all respects, would process the documents/details as in the IEC application and communicate the decision regarding grant or refusal of IEC, through system generated sms on the registered mobile number of the applicant. Simultaneously, the system will also generate and send the e-IEC to the applicant through email or as the case may be generate a rejection letter, conveying the grounds for rejection through email.

h. DGFT Public Notice No.85 (RE-2013)/2009-2014 dated Feb 13, 2015 reduced the application fee for online IEC application from Rs.500/- to Rs.250/-.

Members may note the above

With regards

R. Ramesh Kumar
Executive Director

Online application for Import Export Code (IEC) Number