Upon the instructions of Government of Pakistan, PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) imposed duties and taxes on the import of mobile phones since January 2019. The mobile phones, on the basis of their brands, models and types, have been assigned custom values for the purpose of duty/tax clearance. Only the custom value paid phones, henceforth, shall be regularized as per the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) guidelines.
Duty and taxes on mobile phones
Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has placed 4 different slabs as duties and taxes on the import of mobile phones. Earlier, each device’s price was determined and tax was levied thereafter. However, the policy has now been tweaked and slabs are established for the convenience of the people.
As per the FBR’s website, the regulatory duty on the import of mobile phones valuing between $100-$200 will now be charged at a flat rate of Rs25,000 per device. On the contrary, an individual will be charged at the rate of Rs72,500 (on Passport) and Rs85,500 (on ID) on import of mobile phones valuing more than $500 per set.
Following are 4 different slabs which shall help catering international travelers who bring along new smartphone alongside which is non-compliant with PTA:
1- Between $100 and up to $200 – Rs25,000
2- Between $200 and up to $350 – Rs49,000
3- Between $350 and up to $500 – Rs68,500
4- Over $500 – Rs85,500
Therefore, if your uncle or friend is opting to gift you iPhone 13 in the coming days, then you would be required to pay Rs72,500 (on Passport) and Rs85,500 (on ID) as custom duty to make full use of the cellphone. If you do not pay the taxes, your mobile device will be blocked after 60 days. You’d still be able to use your mobile device but your SIM card will not be operational – unless of course – you pay the tax.