IEC (Importer Exporter Code) number is a ten digit code number given to an exporter or importer by the Director General of Foreign Trade(DGFT), Government of India.
A user needs an IEC for enabling foreign remittances and acceptance. IEC is necessary for import and export of goods and services (only in limited circumstances of specified services/technologies).
Permanent Account Number (PAN) is pre-requisite for obtaining an IEC. One and only one IEC can be issued against a single PAN.
The basic documents needed are as follows:
The following categories of importers or exporters are exempted from obtaining IEC: