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For startups who need to Import and Export goods

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Requirement for startups who are involved in production

Distribution and transportation of food products

Process FSSAI Registration

FSSAI Registration issued by FSSAI is required for carrying on activities related to any stage of manufacturing, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, distribution of food.
Hawkers and Cottage Industries

Petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or a temporary stallholder or small scale or cottage or such other industries relating to food business or tiny food business operator are exempt from obtaining FSSAI Registration or License.


Once a FSSAI License is issued, it is valid for one or two years. Before end of its validity, the license can be renewed for a further term based on the requirements of the business.

License Categories

FSSAI License can be divided into two categories State level License and Central License. Hotel, Restaurant and medium size food manufacturers are covered under State license. Large size food manufacturers come under Central licensing

Location Specific

A separate FSSAI Registration or License required and issued for each location where food is handled. Therefore, an entity may have to obtain multiple FSSAI licenses if it operates multiple locations.

Quick Processing

FSSAI Registration or License can be obtained in 10-15 working days from the time of submission of application with the required documents. IndiaFilings can help obtain FSSAI Registration or License across India.

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What is IEC?

IEC stands for Importer Exporter Code.It is used in Importing and Exporting goods in India.No export shall be made by any person without and IEC number unless specifically exempted

Is PAN essential for getting IEC number?

Yes,as per Government law,PAN is mandatory for getting IEC number. A photocopy of the PAN card has to be submitted along with application.

Can I get IEC number without PAN card?

Yes, you can get IEC number without PAN card,if you have a PAN allotment letter form IT Department

Can I get 2 IEC number from same PAN card?

No, you can get only one IEC number from a single PAN card

How much time does it takes to get an IEC number

It usually takes 2-3 working Days to get an IEC number

What should I do if I do not wish to operate the alloted number?

You may surrender the original IEC by fulfilling all pending Liabilities and filing a declaration to IEC issuing thath there is no obligation/Liability pending against him for any office of DGFT

What are the benefits of IEC?

Companies can obtain various benefits on their exports/imports from DGFT,customs and Export promotion council etc.

Is Import Export code mandatory for Importing goods?

It is mandatory to have and IEC number for importing goods

Why is IE code required?

All importers must mention their IE Code while clearing customs when their goods arrive in India. All exporters must mention their IE Code while exporting their goods and services from India. Additionally, now RBI requests person importing or exporting services to also mention IE Code in foreign remittances in bank account. Therefore, IE Code is required for anyone involved in import or export in India.

Can a Public Limited Company/Private Limited Company/Partnership obtain different IEC's for different concerns owner by it?

No,however the name of each concern owned by such a company may be included in the IEC of the firm in whose name PAN card exists

Is the requirement of IEC item based?

No, IEC is a permanent document issued to the Importer/Exporter only once and the same is not item based

Can,I apply for a duplicate IEC number online?

No,you cannot apply for duplicate IEC number online.

What are the different categories of FSSAI registration?

On the basis of annual turnover, FSSAI has 3 categories.

  1. Annual Turnover below Rs.12 lakhs – FSSAI registration
  2. Annual Turnover between Rs.12-20 crores- FSSAI state license
  3. Annual Turnover above Rs.20 crores- FSSAI central license
I have manufacturing units in multiple states. Will I be required to get a common license for the company or an individual license for each unit?

You will need a Central License for the registered office of your company and individual state licenses for each manufacturing unit in those state.

I import food items for sale in India. Do I need a license from FSSAI?

Yes, you will be required to obtain a central license from the address contained in Import Export Code.

We manufacture only food additives. Do I need a license from FSSAI too?

Yes, you shall need a license from FSSAI too.

Is it mandatory for 100% export units to get FSSAI License?

Yes, export units are required to apply for FSSAI Central License.

Will license be required for a catering establishment that comes under the Central Government?

Yes, all catering establishments, even those under central Government such as Railways, Airport, Seaport, and Defense etc. will have to get a license from FSSAI.

What will be the license formality if warehouses are in more than one place but within the same locality (same municipality and same city)?

Even if the warehouses are located in the same city but different location then a separate license for each location is required. However, if multiple warehouses are on the same campus, single license is applicable with campus address.