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Eligibility and other provisions for applying IEC

  1. No export or import shall be made by any person without an Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) Number unless specifically exempted. An Importer/Exporter Code (IEC) number shall be granted on application to the competent authority (Please see para 3 below).

    2.    The following categories of importers or exporters are exempted from obtaining Importer-Exporter Code Number (IEC) number :          

  1. Importers covered by clause 3(1) {except sub-clause (e) and (l)} and exporters covered by clause 3(2) {except sub-clauses (i ) and (k) } of the Foreign Trade (Exemption from application of Rules in certain cases) Order, 1993.

    ii.    Ministries/Department of the Central or a State Government.

   iii.    Persons importing or exporting goods for their personal use not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture.

   iv.    Persons importing/exporting goods from/to Nepal provided the CIF value of a single consignment does not exceed Indian Rs.25,000/-.

   v.    Persons importing/exporting goods from/to Myanmar through Indo-Myanmar border areas provided the CIF value of a single consignment does not exceed Indian Rs.25,000/-.

    Note : However, the exemption from obtaining Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) number shall not be applicable for the export of Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipments and Technologies (SCOMET) as listed in Appendix 3, Schedule 2 of ITS (HS) except in the case of exports by category (ii) above

   vi)    The following permanent IEC numbers shall be used by the categories of importers/exporters mentioned against them for import/export purposes.

 

S.No

CodeNumber

Categories of Importers/Exporters

1.

0100000011

All Ministries/Departments of the Central Government and agencies wholly or partially owned by them.

2.

0100000029

All Ministries/Departments of the State Government and other agencies wholly or partially owned by them.

3.

0100000037

Diplomatic personnel, Counselor offices in India and the officials of the UNO and its specialised agencies.

4.

0100000045

Indians returning from/going abroad and claiming benefit under the Baggage Rules.

5.

0100000053

Persons/Institutions/Hospitals importing or exporting goods for their personal use not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture.

6.

0100000061

Persons importing/exporting goods from/to Nepal provided the CIF value of a single consignment does not exceed Indian Rupees 25,000/-.

7.

0100000070

Persons importing/exporting goods from/to Myanmar through Indo-Myanmar border areas provided the CIF value of a single consignment does not exceed Indian Rupees 25,000/-.

8.

0100000088

Ford Foundation

9.

0100000096

Importers importing goods for display or use in fairs/exhibitions or similar events under the provisions of ATA carnet.

10.

01000000100

Director, National Blood Group Reference Laboratory, Bombay or their authorised offices.

11.

01000000126

Individuals/Charitable Institutions/Registered NGOs importing goods, which have been exempted from Customs duty under the Notification issued by Ministry of Finance for bonafide use by the victims effected by natural calamity.

3.     An application for grant of IEC number shall be made by the Registered/Head Office of the applicant to the licensing authority concerned (to the office of the Zonal Joint Director General of Foreign Trade, Mumbai if the Registered/Head office of the applicant is located .) in the form specified in Appendix 2A below and shall be accompanied by documents prescribed therein.

4.     The Licensing Authority concerned shall issue an IEC number in the format as given in Appendix 2B.

5.     An IEC Number allotted to an applicant shall be valid for all its branches/divisions/units/factories as indicated on the IEC number.

6.     Where an IEC Number is lost or misplaced, the issuing authority may consider requests for grant of a duplicate copy of IEC number, if accompanies by an affidavit.

7.     If an IEC holder does not wish to operate the allotted IEC number, he may surrender the same by informing the issuing authority. On receipt of such intimation, the issuing authority shall immediately inform all the RBI/Customs/Licensing authorities that the said IEC number has become inoperative.

8.     If there is any change in the name/address or constitution of IEC holder/licensee/Actual User eligible for import without a licence/recognised status holders, as the case may be, shall cease to be eligible to import or export against the licence/IEC Number or any other facility permitted under the Policy and Handbook, after expiry of 60 days from the date of such change in his name or constitution, unless in the meantime,

  1. the IEC holder/licensee/status holders has got the consequential changes effected in the IEC number/licence or the recognition certificate, as the case may be, by the concerned licensing authority.

   b.    the Actual User has got the consequential changes effected from the concerned     authority in the Industrial Licence issued by the Secretariat for Industrial     Assistance (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) or Certificate of Registration as an Actual User issued by Director of Industries of the State Government or has received an acknowledgement for filing of a memorandum with the Secretariat for Industrial Assistance. Provided, however, the licensing authority issuing the IE Code may, condone the delay on payment of a penalty of Rs.5000/-.