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What to Do If Application for IEC is Rejected?

calendar16 Apr, 2021
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Understanding on IEC Application if Rejected

As with the increasing competition in the business world, every business entrepreneur is trying to develop their business beyond the domestic market boundaries. Hence, if the business dealer plans to start their business globally, he will have to conform to certain mandatory procedures and obtain different license and registration and one of such license is the Import Export Code (IEC) license.

Under Government of India the authority to issue license is Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce. Directorate General of Foreign Trade issues an IEC Code, which is a unique code of 10 digits to the Indian Companies that are starting to deal with import and export business globally. In this article, we will know what to do if your application for IEC is rejected. Continue reading to know more.

What is the Procedure of IEC Code Registration

The complete procedure of application for IEC Registration and the steps associated for obtaining the IEC code is given below:-

Step 1: Go to DGFT Website

First log on to the DGFT[1] website, here there will be updates and latest notification on the screen.

Step 2:  Then go to Services Tab

At the top menu there is a Navigation button bar named “Services”. There will be a drop-down menu that will provide with multiple services that is offered by DGFT that shall be placed, which also includes the “IEC” option. For application for IEC, Click on the IEC tab there and then the following tabs will be given in the display as is given below.

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  • View your IEC
  • IEC Status at Custom
  • IEC Help

Step 3: Enter PAN Number

The applicant should enter his PAN number in the Text Box. In case of an Entity firm or Company- Enter the PAN Card Number of the Proprietor

Step 4: Enter Details Given on PAN Card

In this step, the applicant shall enter the essential details like the name, birth date and fill the Captcha Code. The name entered must be as has been maintained on the PAN Card. Next — Click on the submit button

Step 5: Verification Process: – Enter Mobile no. to get OTP

  • The applicant shall enter Mobile number
  • The applicant shall provide his Email ID
  • The applicant shall enter the Captcha Code on the box and Click on the “Generate OTP” button
  • The applicant shall receive an OTP numberon his mobile and email id both.

Step 6: Fill and Update Application Entity Details

The applicant shall be required to fill all the required application entity details.

Step 7: Add Branch Details

After filling and updating the application.The applicant shall enter the branch details. In this section a proprietorship or a company may be filled and after filling all the significant details click on “ADD”. If there is no Branch Office then the space shall be left empty.

Step 8: Fill Director/Partner Details

Now, the applicant shall fill all the details required of the Director or Proprietor or Partner or managing trustee.

Step 9: Upload Scanned Documents

Now the applicant needs to click on the step 4 for uploading the requisite documents.

Step 10: Fee Payment (Debit/Credit Card/Net Banking)

Here the amount of Rs. 500- shall be paid as the government fee of IEC application. Now the payment can be made by using any the Debit or Credit Card or by Wallets payment facility and Net Banking is also available. After successfully making the payment, then select “Verify Pay” to verify the payment.

Step 11: Preview & Print Application

After verifying fee payment, the applicant can preview and take print of the application for business or official purposes.

Step 12: Final Submission

In this step, all the above-mentioned number and details will be displayed. The DGFT Office will be automatically selected and displayed and then Click on proceed further to finally “Submit and Generate IEC Certificate”.

Read our article:Is it Possible to Import Commodities from Abroad without IEC? Let’s find out!

Why do you Need IEC Registration?

The benefits that a business gets after IEC registration are discussed below:

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What are the Reasons for Rejecting the Application for IEC?

Even after submitting all the documents, there can still be a reason for the rejection of the application for IEC. It can be due to the reason that the applicant did not complete the application form properly. The discrepancies that can be the reason behind the rejection of the application for IEC is given below:-

  • Wrong name of the applicant
  • There is mismatch in the name of the company with that with the PAN card
  • Banks details are incorrect
  • There are some amends or changes in the business and it is not updated

In any of the cases given above, the IEC application shall stand rejected. Hence, it is required that the applicant’s files the application form very carefully and ensure its correctness and keep all the essential documents handy.

What Happens When IEC Application is Rejected?

  • On the rejection of application for IEC, it will be difficult to continue with the import and export of goods and services and the business will not be able to run seamlessly.
  • A hefty penalty has to be given for the same by the applicants or the companies occupied in the import export business.
  • It is the individual’s or the company’s responsibility to scrutinize the application properly before its submission. This will save time.

The applicant should have the IEC Code as the IEC code helps to prevent such situation when IEC application is rejected. Thus, the individuals and companies should apply for the IEC code to lessen the chances of hindrances where IEC application is rejected. If the application for IEC is rejected, the solution is to re- apply for the same more cautiously.


Hence you must make sure that the paperwork and application for IEC registration is absolutely complete and there is no missing document. If the applicant has all the documents handy, the application process automatically becomes faster and simplified. Moreover, you have Corpbiz will assist that you with the application for IEC.

Read our article:Advantages of Obtaining IEC (Import Export Code) Registration in India

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