In this guide, you can understand the step-by-step process of how to link IEC with DGFT. You may require a few documents to link it. Here, you will find a list of documents that are mandatory to have. 

The IEC standard for Importer Exporter Code is a compulsory document of international global trade. It is an identification code of a 10-digit code that is valid for a lifetime. You have to renew the license every year between April to June; otherwise, the code will be deactivated.

Documents Required To Link Importer Exporter Code (IEC) with DGFT

To apply for the link of the IEC code with DGFT, you have to attach all of the mentioned documents:-

  • PAN of the individual or business.
  • Registered email address and phone number to obtain OTP.
  • Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) of the business (DSC is the electronic equivalent of physical or paper certificates).
  • Valid Aadhar number and other details for e-sign authentication.

Steps To Link IEC With DGFT

An exporter can link IEC with DGFT registration on the website by the following steps:-

  1. Login to the DGFT website
  2. Start your registration process.
  3. If you have an account then simply log into it.
  4. Click on the “Link IEC” button displayed on the home page.
  5. Authenticate the code through Aadhar-based OTP verification or by using your registered DSC.

Once you linked the IEC with DGFT, then you can view

  • IEC details
  • Modify IEC profile
  • Print IEC certificate

Can I Download My IEC Through DGFT Website?

Yes, you can simply download IEC through DGFT website with the help of the simple process.

How Do I Know If My IEC Is Linked?

On the DGFT website, you can simply check whether your IEC is linked or not. Go to the service tab > Select user type > Click on the DGFT services > select the IEC based and enter the IEC number & other details.

What Is The Last Date To Link IEC WIth DGFT?

30th June is the last date to link the IEC. If you miss this date, your IEC code will be deactivated, and you must apply it from the start process.

What Is The Validity Of The Importer Exporter Code?

Once you obtain the IEC license then it is valid for a lifetime. You only have to update the license once a year between April to June. Then, the license is valid for a lifetime. If you miss the updation date, then your license will be deactivated, and you have to apply for the IEC license again.

What Is The Cost Of Import-Export Code Registration?

The cost of the Import export code is ₹499, and professional fees vary depending on the services you are looking for.

How to Activate Import-Export Code?

To activate the Import Export Code, you must visit the DGFT website > Click on the IEC tab > Select the activation option > Fill in the required information and proceed with the process. 

Is It Compulsory To Update IEC Every Year?

Yes, the updation of the IEC (Import Export Code) is mandatory before 30th June every year. If you miss updating this, then your IEC code will be deactivated.


If you are willing to link your IEC with the DGFT Website, then you must understand the process. If you don’t understand the process, you can go with the ELT Corporate consultancy firm. They will help you to link IEC with the DGFT website simply. If you are facing any issues, then they will resolve them and make sure that you obtain your IEC license from DGFT easily without facing any problems.

What Is The Full Form Of IEC?

IEC stands for Importer Exporter Code.

What Is The Full Form Of DGFT?

The full form of DGFT is the Directorate General of Foreign Trade.