IEC code renewal

In India, the Importer Exporter Code (IEC) is a 10-digit unique identification number issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce, to individuals or businesses for carrying out international trade activities. The IEC is mandatory for import/export transactions and customs clearance.


The IEC is typically issued with a validity period, and it needs to be renewed after the expiration of that period. Here are the general steps for IEC code renewal in India:


IEC Code Renewal Process:

Determine the Renewal Date:

Know the expiry date of your existing IEC. It’s important to initiate the renewal process well before the expiration to ensure continuity in your international trade activities.

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Login to the DGFT Portal:

Visit the DGFT website ( and log in to the DGFT portal using your credentials. If you don’t have an account, you may need to create one.



Access the IEC Module:

Once logged in, navigate to the IEC module on the portal. Look for the option related to IEC renewal.

Fill in the Application Form:

Complete the IEC renewal application form with accurate and up-to-date information. This may include details about your business, PAN, current IEC details, etc.


Submit Supporting Documents:

Upload any required supporting documents as per the renewal guidelines. The specific documents needed may vary, but generally, you may need to provide documents such as a canceled cheque, PAN copy, etc.


Payment of Fees:

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Pay the renewal fees online. The fee structure is available on the DGFT website, and the payment can typically be made using online banking.

Submit the Application:

Once you have filled in the application form, uploaded the necessary documents, and made the payment, submit the application through the portal.

Track Application Status:

You can track the status of your IEC renewal application on the DGFT portal. It may take some time for the authorities to process the renewal.


Download Renewed IEC Certificate:

Once the renewal is approved, you can download the renewed IEC certificate from the DGFT portal.

Important Points to Note:

  • Ensure that all information provided during the renewal process is accurate and matches the details on your existing IEC certificate.

  • Pay attention to any specific guidelines or requirements mentioned on the DGFT portal for the renewal process.

  • It’s advisable to refer to the latest guidelines on the DGFT website or consult with the DGFT helpdesk for the most accurate and up-to-date information related to the IEC renewal process.