Exporters to take corrective action for making good defective IECs

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Import-Export Code (“IEC”) database of Directorate General of Foreign Trade (“DGFT”) has reflected certain data mismatch issues which require immediate corrective action. Following two broad categories of data mismatch in IECs have been reported:

  1. Incorrect Permanent Account Number (“PAN”)
  2. More than one IEC against same PAN

In order to appraise Exporters about the mismatch and to correct the same, the DGFT vide Trade Notice No. 39/2019-20 dated November 19, 2019 has issued resolution mechanism for aforementioned mismatches.

Incorrect PAN

Ensure that correct PAN number is updated and reflected correctly in the DGFT database. For making changes in PAN, the IEC holder will need to make a written submission on the letter head of the IEC holder to the jurisdictional DGFT RAs along with a self-certified copy of the PAN.

Changes in the PAN cannot be made through the online IEC application module.

More than one IEC against same PAN

IEC holders, whose same PAN exists in more than one IEC are required to ensure that only one active IEC exists against each PAN. For this, the IEC holder will need to make a separate written request on the letterhead of each IEC holder(s) to the jurisdictional DGFT RA concerned, to suspend/cancel the other IECs.

Details of IEC holders with mismatches are attached in the Trade Notice.