Import Export Code(IEC) in Karnataka - Documents, Fees and Registration

Updated on April 29, 2023 11:23:19 AM

Import Export Code registration in Karnataka is required to operate import-export business. You cannot import or export goods in Karnataka without IEC code registration. IEC is a 10-digit code issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) to ease the foreign trade in India.

Any importer/Exporter in Karnataka who fails to show the IEC code, Their goods will not be allowed to pass the ports and also result in incurring demurrage charges. In the worst case, their goods will be destroyed.

However, If an individual is importing or exporting goods for personal use and is not involved in any commercial trade are exempted from having an Import Export code as per the foreign trade policy.

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Documents required for Import Export Code

Following documents are required for IEC registration in Karnataka:

  1. PAN card copy of the applicant entity.
  2. Address proof of the company( Electricity Bill).
  3. Lease/Rental Agreement if the office is rented.
  4. Canceled Cheque copy of company’s current bank account.
  5. Sale deed if the company is self-owned.
  6. Digital Photograph(3*3)
Documents Required For IEC code
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Benefits of of obtaining an Import Export Code

While an IEC code allows you to operate import-export business in Karnataka, It comes with some additional benefits. Let’s take a look at how obtaining an IEC code will help your import export business :

Legalize overseas trade

The IEC code facilitates your overseas trade and legalizes your import and export business. It makes your trade across borders easy and legal.

International Business Expansion

  • Import-export code allows your product to reach the global market, which results in huge business expansion.
  • Obtaining an IEC Opens your door to the online international marketplace like Alibaba and Amazon.

Import/Export Subsidies

  • An exporter can claim a refund on taxes imposed while exporting goods.
  • If you promise to import goods within a specific time, The government even waives some import duties as well.

Easy Registration Process

  • You can get an import/export code registered by providing some basic documents like a PAN card, Address proof, Bank details, etc.
  • There is no need to fulfil any compliances like annual filings or return fillings. It is a hassle-free process.
  • The entire registration process is online. There is no need to go anywhere to obtain an IEC.

Facilitates Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs)

EFT is a new service offered to exporters that allows them to pay the license fee online via the internet rather than visiting a bank to make the payment.

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Various Situations where IEC is required in Karnataka

  • When an importer has to clear his shipments from the customs, then an Import Export code is required by the customs authorities.
  • The IEC code is required by the banks when the money is sent abroad through banks by the importer.
  • The Import Export license is required by the customs port when the shipment has to be sent by the exporter.
  • The IEC code is required by the banks when the money is received in foreign currency directly into the exporter’s bank account
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Who can apply for an IEC code in Karnataka?

Any Proprietorship firm, LLP, Company, Trust, HUF or Individual engaged in any of the following foreign trade activities is eligible for obtaining an IEC Code :

  1. Commercial Import and Export of goods across borders
  2. Availing benefits under Foreign Trade Policy.
  3. Shipment Clearance
  4. Custom Clearance
  5. Monetary Transaction in foreign currency
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How to apply for Importer Exporter Code Registration in Karnataka

You can register for the Importer Exporter code offline as well as online. The online registration process is effortless, and you don’t need to go anywhere. The process is carried out in 5 steps :

Procedure for obtaining Import Export Licence

1. Register on the DGFT portal

Directorate General of foreign Trade(DGFT) is an online government portal where you can register for the import export license in Karnataka. Your first step is to register on this portal.

2. Documentation

The second step is the application phase where all your documents are arranged and prepared for application. Refer to the documents required for better understanding.

3. Application for Import Export Code

An importer/exporter is required to file an online application in ANF 2A(i) and submit the required documents for verification. You also need to pay the government fees to complete the application process.

4. Verification by DGFT

Once your application is submitted, it is sent to DGFT for verification. In case there is wrong or incomplete information, Your license will be canceled. So, make sure you provide correct information.

5. Approval and Issuance of IEC code

Your IEC code will be issued after the approval by DGFT. In case of online application you will get e-IEC. Once approved by competent authority, you will be notified through email or SMS that your e-EIC is available on the DGFT website.

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Import export Code Registration Fees for Karnataka

Import Export License registration fees include the government fees and professional fees. It also includes the ANF 2A form and filling at DGFT. The fees break up are as follows

IEC Registration Fees(₹)
Aayaat Niryaat Form 2A NIL
Filing at DGFT NIL
Government Fees 500
Professional Fees 999
Total – ₹1,499 only

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Import Export Code Validity and Renewal

Unlike other government licenses, The Import Export Code was not required to be renewed and was valid for a lifetime. However, after the amendments in the Import Export code related provisions under chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Foreign Trade Policy on 12th February 2021, the IEC code has now to be renewed every year

This amendment made the renewal of Import Export Code details mandatory for every IEC and e-EIC holder. Even if there are no updates in IEC, the same has to be confirmed online on the DGFT portal. Failing to do so may result in the deactivation of your Import Export code.

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IEC Registration with Professional Utilities

The complications in understanding the process and providing appropriate documents are very much hectic. There is a high chance of rejection of the application at each step of document uploading. There are different standards of Digital Signature certificates (DSC) that must be uploaded.

We at Professional Utilities understand completely. That’s why we come forward to help you avoid the hassle and get your Import Export Code done at the minimum price guaranteed. So that you can focus on what you do the best…..Your Business.

You can apply for IEC registration in just three simple steps with us.

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FAQs( Frequently Asked Questions)

Can I import without IEC code?

No, You can not do any import/export without IEC code. Your goods will not be allowed to pass the ports without an IEC code. However if you are importing or exporting goods for personal use then it is not mandatory.

Is the IEC and PAN number the same?

The IEC issued by DGFT is the same as the PAN of the firm. However, Import export Code will still be issued by DGFT based on the application.

Is the GST number mandatory for IEC code?

There is no need to incorporate GST details in the IEC code registration.

Can an individual get IEC code?

Yes, Any individual proprietor who is willing to start international trade is eligible for obtaining the Import/Export Code.

How do I become a registered exporter in Karnataka?

To become a registered exporter, you need to get an IEC registration. Once you obtain the I importer Exporter code, you are allowed to export goods from India. The code is also valid for importing goods in India.

Is there any Tax Levied based on IEC code in Karnataka?

IEC is not a tax registration. However, certain customs duties may be levied depending on the type of product to be imported or exported.

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