Mobile Phone Import Bills Top $465 Million in Eight Month

Mobile phone imports are on the rise in Pakistan, seeing an increase of 7.68 percent during the July-Feb period of the current fiscal year (2014-15) in comparison to the same term last year.

According to the latest figures from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the cell phone imports during these eight months amount to $465.658 million. This represents an increase of $33.225 million over the $432.433 million spent on imports during the last fiscal year.

When comparing the February 2015 data on a month over month and year over year basis, mobile phone imports in the country rose by 28.61 percent and 62.82 percent over the imports during February 2014 and January 2015, respectively.

The imports during February 2015 amount to $73.161 million, which represents an increase of $16.279 million over the $56.882 million spent on imports during the month of February 2014.

Similarly, there was an increase of $28.228 million over the $44.933 million spent on mobile imports during the month of January 2015.

The PBS data also revealed a similar increase in the overall telecom imports in the country, which rose by 15.43 percent during the July-February period of the current fiscal year over the same term last year. The telecom imports during this period amount to $961.965 million, representing an increase of $128.566 million over the imports of $833.399 million during the last fiscal year.

Based on a month over month and year over year comparison for the month of February 2015, telecom imports in the country rose by 7.59 percent and 21.87 percent over the imports during February 2014 and January 2015, respectively.

The imports during February 2015 amount to $115.454 million, which represents an increase of $8.143 million over the $107.311 million spent on imports during the month of February 2014. Similarly, there was an increase of $20.076 million over the $95.378 million spent on telecom imports during the month of January 2015.

The statistics for the current fiscal year indicate that valuable foreign exchange continues to be spent on the import of telecom goods, which in turn has led to the broadening of the trade deficit of Pakistan.


  • abbasi506

    why don’t Govt think to give special intensives to manufacture Mobiles in Pakistan to save the money?