As all of you know that all persons / organisations dealing in Import & Export would require Import Export Code (IEC). But there are some categories defined by DGFT, which are exempted from taking this code.
Following categories of importers or exporters are exempted Categories from obtaining IEC number:
Importers covered by clause 3(1) [except sub-clauses (e) and (l)] and exporters covered by clause 3(2) [except subclauses (i) and (k)] of Foreign Trade (Exemption from an application of Rules in certain cases) Order, 1993.
Ministries / Departments of Central or State Government.
Persons were 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. However, exemption from obtaining IEC number shall not be applicable for export of Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies (SCOMET) as listed in Appendix 3, Schedule 2 of ITC (HS) except in the case of exports by category (ii) above.
Following permanent IEC numbers shall be used by noncommercial PSUs and categories of importers / exporters mentioned against them for import / export purposes.
Categories of Importers / Exporters
All Ministries / Departments of Central Government and agencies wholly or partially owned by them.
All Ministries / Departments of any State Government and agencies wholly or partially owned by them.
7 Diplomatic personnel, Counselor officers in India and officials of UNO and its specialised agencies
Indians returning from / going abroad and claiming benefit under Baggage Rules
Persons / Institutions / Hospitals importing or exporting goods for personnel use, not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture.
Persons importing / exporting goods from / to Nepal
Persons importing / exporting goods from / to Myanmar through Indo-Myanmar border areas
Importers importing goods for display or use in fairs / exhibitions or similar events under provisions of ATA carnet.
Director, National Blood Group Reference Laboratory, Bombay or their authorized offices
Individuals / Charitable Institution / Registered NGOs importing goods, which have been exempted from Customs duty under Notification issued by Ministry of Finance for bonafide use by victims affected by natural calamity
Persons importing / exporting permissible goods as notified from time to time, from / to China through Gunji, Namgaya Shipkila and Nathula ports