All Exporters/Members of Trade
All Export Promotion Councils/Commodity Boards
Subject: Mandatory Updation of Importer-Exporter Code(IEC) Details before 01.07.2021
All Members of the Trade Community is directed to please take due cognizance of the following
instructions on priority.
It is submitted that DGFT has mandated all IEC holders to update their Importer-Exporter Code(IEC)
yearly between April to June. The IEC not updated within this prescribed period would be deactivated.
DGFT has created the following video with simple and easy to understand steps for updation of IEC. This
video is also available in Hindi on the DGFT channel. You may please refer to video at the given link -
Due care has been taken to not increase any specific compliance burden because of this updation
exercise. The given process is automatic and no fee is charged for such updations. The online process can
be completed within 5-10 minutes if all lEC details are correct or within 30 minutes otherwise. Objective
of the given exercise is to prune out inactive IECs and incorrect IEC details. The support of all active IEC
holders for this limited updation is kindly solicited.
IECs not updated within this prescribed period would be de-activated (post-June). Subsequently, the
firms that wish to re-activate their IEC(post-de-activation for non-compliance), would be required to
update the IEC. IEC shall be auto re-activated on updation after June.
There are various queries received in regard to the authentication process for linking and updating the
IEC. In this regard, you may please note that any of the following authentication options may be used on
the DGFT Website --
(i) Aadhaar e-sign - Any of the proprietors/partners/directors can use their Aadhaar given that their
name and PAN are correctly mentioned under the IEC.
(ii). Individual Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) Token - DSC in the name of the
proprietors/partners/directors can be used given that their name and PAN are correctly
mentioned under the IEC.
(iii) Organization-based DSC - DSC in the name of the organization can use given that the firm name
of the /EC matches the firm name on the DSC.
(iv) IEC based DSC with the IEC number embedded in it would also work for linking and updation of IEC.
A class or class-III DSC used with any other organisation such as MCA/Customs/CBDT/GSTN would also work on the DGFT e-platform.
In case you wish to use the Aadhaar e-sign but your name on PAN does not match your AAdhaar, please refer to the following instructions for any suitable correction- https://uidai.gov.in/292-faqs/your-aadhaar/pan-aadhaar/1955-my-name-is-different-in-pan-and-aadhaar-it-is-not-allowing-me-to-link-both-what-to-do.html.
In case of any further issues or requirement for any guidance, please reach out the DGFT Help-desk using the toll-free helpline number or the DGFT Support Email(email@example.com) or the Help-desk ticketing system.
You are once again directed to ensure that the IEC is duly updated within the prescribed time.
This issues with the approval of the competent Authority.