Importer Exporter Code (IEC)
A person or the company wishes to start import/ export business of goods and services in India is to
obtain an Import Export license (IEC). IEC is a unique ten digit number issued by Directorate
General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to any bonafide person/
company for carrying out import/export.
In case the import/export is of services or technology, no IEC is required axpect in cases. IEC is only
required in case of services which are of such nature which are restricted by the Government of
India due to national security reasons.