Pakistan allows travellers to bring one phone per annum duty free

  • Up to a maximum of 5 phones in a year can be brought in the South Asian country but the duty on remaining 4 will have to be paid if you require service in Pakistan beyond 30 days
Pakistan

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.

Pakistan set to ban import of used mobile phones

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.