An application in the prescribed from has to be submitted to the office of the jurisdictional Joint Director of Foreign Trade wherein details including Bank Account Number and Pan Number have to be furnished. After processing the application, the office of the joint DGFT would grant the IEC Certificate. The IEC number has to be indicated in the documents filed with Customs for clearance of imported goods. This number is not required in case of import of gifts and baggage. Details can be obtained from DGFT’s website http//www.dgft.gov.in.
If a person intends to import goods for commercial purposes, he has obtain an Import and Exporter Code (IEC) Number from the DGFT’s office.
Any person importing goods has to file a Bill of Entry for the clearance of goods. The Bill of Entry can be filed online using the ICEGATE at the ICEGATE portal namely www.icegate.gov.in. The Bill of Entry can also be filed at the EDI Service Centre functioning in different Custom Houses wherein particulars are fed and a check list is generated. The importer can also fill in details in their respective business premises and bring in material in a floppy and hand over the same to the Server Center.
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