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Is it mandatory that all exporters or importers get Import Export Code registration?

Any entity or individual involved in international trade are required to get Import Export Code, except for the following categories of importers or exporters:

  • Importers covered by clause 3(1) [except sub-clauses(e) and (l)]
  • Exporters covered by clause 3(2) [except sub-clauses (i) and (k)] of Foreign Trade (Exemption from application of Rules in certain cases) Order, 1993.
  • Ministries/ Departments of Central or State Government.
  • Persons importing or exporting goods for personal use not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture.
  • Persons importing/exporting goods from/ to Nepal, Myanmar through Indo-Myanmar border areas and China (through Gunji, Namgaya Shipkila, and Nathula ports), provided CIF value of a single consignment does not exceed Indian Rs.25,000. In the case of Nathula port, the applicable value ceiling will be Rs.100,000.

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