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Pakistan allows travellers to bring one phone per annum duty free

04:10 PM | 26 Nov, 2018
Pakistan allows travellers to bring one phone per annum duty free
ISLAMABAD - The federal cabinet has approved the relaxation in policies regarding the commercial import of new and used mobile phones.

State Minister for Revenue and Law Hammad Azhar confirmed Friday that the ban on commercial import of used phones has been lifted if the said phone models conform to PTA regulations and duties and taxes are paid on them.

In addition to this, the Hammad further said, “For people bringing in phones from abroad, as per personal baggage rules. One phone per annum is allowed duty-free and up to a maximum of 5 phones in a year can be brought in. The duty on remaining 4 will have to be paid if you require service in Pakistan beyond 30 days.”

Moreover, the cabinet has also decided that non-custom paid (smuggled)mobile phones sold after 1st December will be deactivated by PTA after a lapse of 30 days.

However, phones currently in use or activated before December 1 will not be effected or require any registration, he added.

While guiding mobile phone users to avoid any hassle, Azhar expressed, "If you are purchasing a new phone or carry any phone that you wish to install a sim in and activate after 1st Dec 2018, make sure to send its IMEI number to 8484 to know about its legal status. The IMEI number can be found the mobile phone's box or by dialing *#06# on its screen."

The decision has been made to curb the mobile phones smuggling, which is damaging the national economy.

Recently, the Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had announced that the cabinet had decided to install a new Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) to block the smuggled phones after December 31.

Mobile devices worth Rs82 million come through formal channels and taxes were paid but phones worth Rs2.5 billion were smuggled every year in Pakistan.

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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