Circular No.ES/153/2018-19 August 10, 2018
To: Members of the Council
Sub.: Amendment in Policy and Procedure for online IEC applications
We would like to inform you that O/o DGFT has issued Trade Notice No. 23/ 2015- 2020 dated 08th August, 2018 informing about the amendment in Policy and Procedure for online IEC applications.
O/o DGFT has observed that exporters/ importers are facing problems in obtaining and modifying Importer-Exporter Code due to, inter alia, internet browser dependencies and other browser settings of digital signatures.
As you may be aware, in any case, PAN of the entity has been made IEC w.e.f 1.7.2017 vide Trade Notice No 9 dated 12.6.2017, and thus only one IEC is issued against one PAN.
In order to automate the process of issue of IEC and thereby simplifying the business procedures for improving “Ease of doing business”, automatic PAN verification has been now enforced in the IEC system. For this purpose, the DGFT has notified that IEC will henceforth be system generated and applicant will have the facility of taking a print out of IEC. Further, following the integration of PAN web service of CBDT with DGFT’s web server and automatic system based verification of PAN details with PAN database of CBDT, requirement of Digital Signature for submitting IEC applications is being done away with and Para 2.08 and 2.14 on IEC have been accordingly revised.
The detailed guidelines in the matter are given here- below:
For more information regarding the guidelines on the online application form for issue/modification in Importer Exporter Code (IEC) Number, members may kindly refer to the Trade Notice No. 23/ 2018- 19.
Members may kindly make a note of the above.