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How to verify IEC code online?

An IEC certificate allows individuals to import and export to international marketplaces. In this blog, learn how to verify Import Export Code online.
How to verify IEC code online?
Starting an import-export business involves strategic planning and the requirement of various licenses and documentation. An IEC certificate or Import-Export Code certificate is one of the most crucial import-export documents that allows exporters to explore opportunities in new global marketplaces. No individual or business can ship or import products to and from overseas without an IEC, unless they are exempted under special conditions. Once applied and issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), importers and exporters can download their IEC certificate online from the DGFT website.

What is an IEC: Overview

IEC, which stands for Import-Export Code, is obtained by a business as part of a commercial transaction to import or export from India. Issued by DGFT, it is a unique identification number that is required by importers and exporters to run a seamless business in international trade. Along with a permit to import/export, an IEC certificate offers numerous benefits to traders. Registered businesses can claim subsidies and other benefits offered by the Customs, Export Promotion Councils or other authorities.

How to verify IEC online?

To prevent importers and exporters from initiating separate registrations, the DGFT and the Customs department (ICEGATE) have created a process to smoothen the trade.

Step 1

Visit the ICEGATE website and click on user login in the Services section.

Step 2

After clicking on the user login/signup tab, you will be redirected to a new user login window.

Step 3

After logging in with valid credentials, select Check IE Code/BIN status from the list of available services.

Step 4

Choose the IE Code@DGFT option in the first section of the form to verify if the code has arrived at the DGFT headquarters. The data is transferred from the DGFT HQ to the customs portal, ICEGATE. Here, you can verify IEC and check the correctness of your application by entering your code. Enter your IE code in the text box section and click on the IE Code @ ICEGATE button.

Step 5

After doing this, you can see your application status with your details and the status of your application.
Here is a list of types of statuses and their significance.

Status of code:
Received in DGFT
Action: Allow a minimum of 4 days to complete the processing.

Status of code: IEC application rejected
Action: Resubmit the application after making the necessary modification. You don’t have to pay the processing fees again.

Status of code: Transmitted to ICEGATE
Action: Wait for the 3 days for ICEGATE to accept your IEC.

Status of code: Registered by DGFT and Accepted by ICEGATE
Action: The IEC code is ready to use, and you can use it for your further processes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check my IEC online?
The applicants can check the current status of their IEC application and transmission to ICEGATE on the ICEGATE website. There are two ways to do that:
1. A PAN-based IEC check to ensure the IEC is registered with DGFT on the DGFT website.
2. Use the ICEGATE portal to enter the IEC and check the status of the application and transmission from the DGFT website.
How to check if my IEC certificate is valid?
The DGFT office generates and aggregates PAN-based IEC at the DGFT headquarters. You can use the Check IE code/BIN Status portal to verify the validity of your IEC certificate.
Does the IEC code expire?
An IEC code comes with a lifetime validity once issued by the DGFT.
How to get a copy of IEC online?
You can get a copy of your IEC certificate online by entering your details on the IEC Profile Management section of the DGFT website.
Published on August 29, 2022.

Sources:
1. commerce.gov.in/press-releases/indias-merchandise-trade-preliminary-data-for-january-2021/
2. https://icegate.gov.in/EnqMod/
3. taxguru.in/dgft/launch-facility-check-status-importer-exporter-code-iec-application-dgft.html
4. https://www.dripcapital.com/en-in/resources/blog/import-export-code-apply-online
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