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Know the process of modification in IEC online, required documents, conditions for modification, and expand your export import business in the international trade market.

Procedure for Modification in IEC Code under DGFT

Establishing an import-export business requires careful strategising and obtaining several documentation and licenses. Among these, the Importer Exporter Code (IEC) certificate stands out as an important document facilitating international trade expansion for exporters. 

Without an IEC, individuals or businesses cannot be involved in shipping or importing goods across borders unless granted exemptions. Following application and approval by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), importers and exporters can conveniently download their IEC certificate from the DGFT website.

What is an Importer Exporter Code (IEC)?

IEC, short for Importer Exporter Code, is a unique identification number issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in India. It is mandatory for businesses engaging in import or export activities to obtain this code. 

Serving as a license for international trade, the IEC facilitates smooth transactions by providing a standardized identification system for importers and exporters. Without an IEC, businesses are unable to legally import or export goods to and from India. 

This code is essential for compliance with regulatory requirements and for accessing various benefits and incentives offered by customs authorities and export promotion councils.

What is the Need for Modification in IEC Code?

Exporters can start their export-import business after the issuance of the IEC certificate. Adhering to Notification No.58/2015-2020, every individual or entity acquiring an IEC must ensure that their IEC information is electronically updated annually during the period spanning from April to June. 

Neglecting updates in IEC code modification status may result in the deactivation of the IEC.

Different Conditions of IEC Modification

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) requires all IEC holders to update their IEC information under specific circumstances, even if there are no changes to the existing details. Below are some conditions that may necessitate modifying your IEC particulars:

Statutory Modification

IEC certificate holders are required to update their certificates annually as per DGFT regulations, even if there are no changes under normal circumstances.

Business Address Modification

In there is change in the company’s official address, founders or directors are obligated to modify and update the new address within the IEC certificate.

Change in the Company Name

The applicant can apply for IEC modification if there is any change in the company’s name.

Inclusion or Removal of Partners

When new partners join or existing partners move out from a certain business, it is  imperative to modify and update this information within the IEC certificate.

Documents Required for IEC Modification

Documentation needed for changing IEC are the same as the ones you had wen applying for Importer Exporter Code the first time. You will need:

  • Passport size photo of the applicant
  • Entitiy Pan Card, self attested by the applicant (if any)
  • Address proof of the entity (latest electricity bill, sale deed, rent agreement, latest landline bill, latest mobile bill), pre-printed cancelled cheque, or applicant’s bank certificate.
  • For IEC modification fee, you have to pay ₹ 200 for any revision made.

Procedure for Online IEC Modification

The online IEC modification process is a convenient and efficient method offered by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in India. Through the DGFT’s web portal, IEC holders can easily update their certificate details, such as changes in business structure, partners, contact information, or rectifying any errors. 

This streamlined online platform ensures swift processing and seamless updates, allowing businesses to maintain accurate and up-to-date information for their international trade operations. 

With user-friendly interfaces and clear instructions, the online modification process simplifies administrative tasks, enabling businesses to focus on their core activities while staying compliant with regulatory requirements.

Step 1

Step 2

Fill in your login details and CAPTCHA in the IEC dashboard.

Step 3

Then select the option- ‘Update/modify IEC’ on the DGFT dashboard.

Step 4

Once you reach the modification page, you’ll have to go through six stages in order to update your details.

Stage 1: General Information Update

Here you have to look whether there’s any change or modification you desire to make in the details. Here is the information that you will find at this stage:

  • Firm name
  • Nature of the firm
  • PAN
  • Name (as per PAN)
  • Date of birth
  • Mobile number
  • Category of exporters
  • Email adddress
  • Upload proof of establishment
  • Firm address details
  • Branch details

Stage 2: Partner Details Update

Here you will be able to add or remove partner details, proprietors, directors, and managing trustees. You will have the option to add in new director or partner by filling the following details:

  • Director number (DIN)
  • Name
  • PAN
  • Date of birth

Stage 3: Bank Account Details

If you opened or closed your account the previous financial year, you can update and alter your bank account details here.

Stage 4: Preferred Sector of Operation

You have the option to modify information regarding your chosen sector of operation. If you are involved in exporting goods, select the appropriate product category that aligns with your exports.

Stage 5: Declaration

Go through the declaration, mark the checkbox to confirm the accuracy of the provided information, and proceed accordingly.

Stage 6: IEC Updating Application Submitted

After completing all the stages, here you can preview your IEC application.


The Importer Exporter Code (IEC) provides significant advantages for both importers and exporters. Registered businesses can access subsidies and other benefits as stipulated by customs, export promotion councils, and relevant authorities. 

Exporters who file an LUT under GST can export without tax payment. Alternatively, if taxes are paid on exports, exporters can apply for a refund of the tax amount. Thus,IEC has numerous benefits for exporters and importers.

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