How to Renew IEC Code Online

Posted by CA Pankaj Kumar Vats
On 6 May 2021

Let’s start with the basic understanding of IEC.
IEC means Import Export Code.

Who needs IEC?
Every Importer or Exporter, who is willing to import or export, goods or services.

It is a license that is used in process of import or export.

Renewal of the IEC code is mandatory as per Notification No. 58 dated 12th Feb 2021. Renewal/ Update is needed to be done every year, from April to June. Non-renewal will have an impact of de-activating the IEC.

Now lets understand the process of renewal of IEC (Import Export Code)

Step 1
Register at https://www.dgft.gov.in/CP/
The relevant screenshots for registering at DGFT, are illustrated below

Open the dgft.gov.in


Now, click on “Apply for IEC”
Fill up the form, and verify with OTP

Step 2
Login at DGFT and link the IEC to the account, which is created above
for linking the existing IEC, there are two methods of authentication, i.e. DSC and Aadhar authentication.
Use one method from the above two and link the IEC
Screenshots are provided below for the step 2 process

Click on the button Link IEC
Enter the IEC code here for linking
Choose one option to sign and authenticate for linking the IEC

Step 3
Update the IEC
This may be done by clicking on the option “Update/Modify IEC”
And after that updating the prefilled form.

Click on “Strat Fresh Application”
It is a prefilled Form, check all the information here and update the information, which needed to be updated

Step 4
Review the filled form and sign it by using DSC or Aadhar e Sign


Step 5
Download the updated IEC Certificate.
This may be done by using the tab “Print IEC”

Conclusion: Renewal of the IEC code is mandatory for all importers and exporters. It is a completely online process and in most cases, approval of application is instant.

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