How to check IEC application status online?

To start your exports business, IEC code is important. Exporters can check status of their IEC application through the ICEGATE portal. Read more to know how.
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In today’s world, customers have become more open to exploring and purchasing products made in different parts of the world, opening up opportunities for better international trade. Many Indian exporters are opting for e-commerce exports to take their products to international customers without too much investment. However, to start a global business, IEC is one of the important documents. Issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), IEC (Importer Exporter Code) can be applied directly on the DGFT website. After you have successfully furnished the documents required for the application of IEC, you can check the status online.

What is IEC status?

DGFT has introduced a mechanism for exporters to track the status of their IEC certificate application. This was done to simplify processes and promote paperless transactions. Users can track their IEC status through the DGFT website in the two ways:
• To check if the IEC is registered at the DGFT headquarters - a PAN card-based IEC check is done.
• To ensure that the IEC has reached the ICEGATE location - the user must submit their IEC and fill in the captcha as shown on their screen.

Different types of IEC status and actions required

The DGFT came up with a facility to help IEC holders check the status of their IEC application and transmission status to ICEGATE. Following are some of the types of IEC statuses and the respective actions to take6:

0- NORMAL: IEC can be used
4- CLEAR FROM BLACK LIST: Transmit IEC from DGFT with 00 error code.
7- REVOKE SUSPENSION: IEC is revoked from suspended status.
9- AMENDMENT: Changes to IEC have been made.

How to check drawback status against IEC application?

Exporters, who are eligible for refund or drawback against their shipping bills, can check the status of their drawback on ICEGATE website. Following are the steps to check the drawback status against your IEC application:

• Log in to the ICEGATE portal and click on ‘Services’ tab. Choose a user type.
• From the list of services mentioned, select the drawback enquiry suitable.
• Fill in the application form by entering your registered PAN number, date, location and IEC.
• Click on ‘View Drawback Status’ after the form is submitted.
• If you have a drawback against the shipping bill, then choose the ‘Drawback Pending’ status and if your drawback amount has been accepted and you want to check that, then check the “Drawback Sanctioned” status.

Step 1:

Navigate to Services widget > enquiry link.

Step 2:

Select 'Drawback Enquiry' link.

Step 3:

Enter IEC code, PAN number, location, and required date range in the form displayed.

Step 4:

Submit the details to view your drawback status by selecting the appropriate button – ‘Drawback Pending Status’ or ‘Drawback Sanctioned Status’. If your drawback details are not available on ‘Drawback Pending Status’, then this means that your drawback amount has been sanctioned by the bank and you can view the status by clicking on ‘Drawback Sanctioned Status’ button.

• In case your drawback against a shipping bill is pending, ‘Drawback Pending Status’ will view the current queue of the shipping bill and help understand the current status.
• In case your drawback against a shipping bill is sanctioned, ‘Drawback Sanctioned Status’ will view details including Scroll number, date and the amount of drawback sanctioned.

In case you face an error while fetching the details, you can contact ICEGATE helpdesk team.

How to track IEC verification status on DGFT?

Step 1:

Open the ICEGATE homepage and click on the ‘Services’ tab. Select the suitable user type from the dropdown list.

Step 2:

Choose IEC or BIN status.

Step 3:

If you have to check whether your code has reached the DGFT headquarters, then click on IECode@DGFT. You will be redirected to the DGFT website – you can select your query to check IEC verification status.

You can contact either the ICEGATE or DGFT helpdesk team for help.

How to track challans against an IEC?

Step 1:

Open the homepage of the ICEGATE portal and click on the e-payment option.

Step 2:

Enter IEC and other details.

Step 3:

Once the custom e-payment gateway page opens, you can view current transaction history, along with incomplete transactions.

How to check if you have received customs license from DGFT against your IEC?

To check the status of your customs license issued by DGFT against your IEC, you can follow these steps:

Step 1:

Click on the ‘Services’ tab on the ICEGATE portal and select the suitable user type.

Step 2:

Click on the DGFT services option from the given list of services.

Step 3:

Select the ‘IEC based’ option and enter your IEC number and other details.

Step 4:

Submit the form, and you will be redirected to the webpage where all the licenses will be displayed.

How to check ROSL status against IEC?

Exporters dealing in the export of made-up articles that are defined in the RoSTCL scheme (Rebate of State Levies Scheme) are eligible for rebate, depending on the type of goods. Following are the steps to check ROSL status against your IEC:

Step 1:

Click on the ‘Services’ tab and select the appropriate user type.

Step 2:

Select the ‘ROSL sanctioned status’ option, and you will be able to see an application form.

Step 3:

Add IEC, PAN details and location.

Step 4:

Click on the ‘ROSL Sanctioned Status button’ to see the list of all the shipping bills and their respective ROSL status and rebate amounts.

Tips for obtaining IEC in a hassle-free way

1. Individuals can use either the name of their company or their name directly to apply for IEC.
2. Although a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is not compulsory to apply for an IEC, it has been introduced in IEC to strengthen the IEC issuance and modification processes. You can use either DSC or Aadhar authentication for signing the IEC application form.
3. After ICEGATE accepts all the documents of the applicant, an IEC is auto-generated. The DGFT will now send an intimation regarding the allotment of IEC to the applicant through an SMS and e-mail, along with a hyperlink through which the e-IEC can be downloaded and printed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the IEC status amendment mean?
If there is any change in the office address/branch details of your organization, or if you want to add or delete any director or partners from your firm after the IEC has been issued, you need to apply for an IEC status amendment with the DGFT department.4
For how long is IEC valid?
Once an IEC has been allotted to a person, it has lifetime validity unless suspended/canceled by the competent authority.5
How to know if your IEC application is approved?
When you check your IEC application status on DGFT and the displayed status is ‘Registered by DGFT and accepted by ICEGATE’, it means your IEC application is approved.2
What is IEC exemption?
Although IEC is compulsory for import and export, some categories of importers and exporters are exempted from obtaining IEC. Such categories are ministries /departments of Central or State Government, importers and exporters of goods that are for personal use and not connected with trade, manufacturing or agriculture.7
Published on September 29, 2022.


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