Import Export Code is a registration essential for persons importing or exporting goods and services from India.
IEC is issued through the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India. IE Codes while issued can be used by the entity all the way through its existence and doesn't need any renewal or filing. Hence, it is suggested for most organizations to acquire IE Code, no matter if they need it at the moment.
Every exporter or importer of goods shall have IEC with them to be suitable for Import Export in India. To be an exporter or importer of everything, each person must secure this license to export or import whatever thing outside India.
IE Code application must be made to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade along with the necessary supporting documents. Once, the application is submitted, DGFT will issue the IE Code for the entity in 15 - 20 working days or less.