Pakistan Customs Investigating Role of Officials in Phone Smuggling

Pakistan Customs recently recovered around 80,000 smuggled cellphones in a raid in Karachi. The operation raised a few eyebrows on the role of officials in increased smuggling cases. As a result, Pakistan Customs Intelligence is investigating the possible involvement of customs officials in the matter.

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Concerns were raised when customs officials at checkpoints failed to identify containers carrying cellphones in the name of LED lights. LED lights are much lighter than cell phones, so it was a shocker that officials failed to pick this out when the containers were cleared.

M/S Digicom was the said company which smuggled thousands of QMobile phones into the country. QMobile received manufacturer status a few years ago which meant that the company would only import raw material while the phones would be manufactured here. That was also found to be incorrect and the company was found misusing its status to sell imported/rebranded phones in Pakistan.

The company in question squandered the green channel facility and used it to smuggle cell phones instead. Companies who have availed the green channel facility don’t have to go through the routine examination processes.

Even though the company was availing the green channel facility, it was the officials’ responsibility to determine what was inside the luggage.

The containers were weighed before passing the final clearance, however, none of the officials were able to determine what was inside them. Weighing technique is used to have an estimate of what is being carried, officials could have easily determined had they paid any attention to their duties.

Preventive Collectorate Karachi seized four containers, however, only one was checked by Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) and all four were cleared to pass.

Companies tackle the customs duties by mis-declaring assets which cripples the national treasury. According to an estimate, the smuggling company tried to avoid Rs. 160 million in taxes by illegally moving the cells in to country.


Companies are charged at following rates;

Customs duty:                   Rs. 250 per set

Sales tax:                             Rs. 1,500 per set

Regulatory duty:              Rs. 250 per set

Income tax:                        6%

Via: PKRevenue 

    • UNDER HS CODE 9405.4090

      21% Custom Duty
      17% Sales Tax
      3% Additional Sales Tax (in Case of Non Filer)
      9% Income Tax (Non Filer) & 5.5% (Filer)
      LED Light Main Under Invoicing Ho Jati hai China Se :
      Mangwaya 1000Pcs hai Declear Sampling Kar K NIkalte hai :

      • What about Shoes i want to Ordera pair from ALi express costing about 2700 what will be gross total of that ? i am non filer :p
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        • #Adorable
          Regarding Shoes Import different type hai :
          Shoes Leather, Non Leather, Plastics, Sole Without Sole
          Even All Types of Shoes Import Duty 20% Under Chapter 64 I Choose 6405.1000 (With uppers of leather or composition leather)
          Details as Below
          Custom Duty 20%
          Additional Custom Duty 1%
          Sales Tax 17%
          Regular Duty 35%
          Income Tax 9%
          & PKR : 2700 K Mutabik Total Taxes Amount Hoga PKR : 2,924 Lagega
          Agar BY AIR Hai to Setting K Hisaab Se Kuch Rupee Mian Post Office WALE Nikal DENGE :

          • Bhai maine Personal use k liay mangwana hai just one piece.
            i’ve heard that there no duty on gift ?
            its making 6000 for such shoes. i guess its useless than.
            any other idea to import ?

          • mobile ki personal import par duty, tax etc around 4k and company import kary tu fixed price plus 6% income tax?
            please clarify ya kindly pro blogs par detailed post likho phone personal import karny par kya kya kharcha honga hoga.

            • Duty PKR : 250 Per Set
              Sale Tax PKR : 1500 Per Set
              Addtional Sales Tax : 17% (For Import Commercial Purse OtherWise 0%)
              Regular Duty PKR : 250 Per Set
              Income Tax 9% Ho Jaygea In Case of Person Import Who have Not Registered.
              This All Fixxed For Any One Srif Income Tax & AST Wavive Ya Kam Ho Jayega Industry Mangwaye to

              Under HS CODE 8517.1210 (As Showing on Weboc) Custom Online System

              • @AbdulWAHABAlam:disqus
                Rs 20k wala set pk me kitny ka parry ga total.?
                Saari Calculation kr k ammount bna k Do

                • @muhammadabrarali:disqus
                  PKR : 250 Per Set
                  PKR : 1500 Per Set (Or PKR : 3,000 As Per 17% Sale Tax Amount)
                  PKR : 2,093 Per Set (May Be 6% Or May Be 9% Filer Non Filer Issue)
                  PKR : 150 Courier Charges
                  That’s is (Invoice amount to be decided Customs Officer Not You As Per Standard Rate)

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