Are you bringing a phone to Pakistan or importing it via an e-commerce site like AliExpress? We’ve got bad news for you.
The government has formalized its tax structure for mobile imports and you’re going to be paying a lot of money in duties and taxes.
Exactly how much? That’s what we are going to explain in this article.
How Many Phones Can You Bring to Pakistan?
If you’re using a foreign SIM on roaming, there are no restrictions.
However, if you put in a Pakistani SIM, you’ll have 30 days to get the device whitelisted. Failing to do so will result in the phone being blocked.
Overall, you can bring up to 5 phones per year to Pakistan. Apart from one phone, you’ll have to pay taxes and duties on each one. So if you bring 5 phones, you can use a primary one and not pay anything on it. On the other 4, taxes will have to be paid.
PTA will be handling all NOC requests as well as taking taxes for the phones. The process has been digitized and you can easily do it online now.
Different Types of Duties and Taxes
First of all, let’s list down all the different types of duties and taxes you’ll have to pay on phone imports.
- Customs Duty
- Regulatory Duty
- Sales Tax
- Additional Sales Tax
- IT Duty
- Mobile Levy
- Provincial Tax
Value of Duties and Taxes
|Value of phone in PKR||Levy|
|10,000 to 40,000||Rs. 1000|
|40,000 to 80,000||Rs. 3000|
|Over 80,000||Rs. 5000|
|Value of phone in US Dollars||Taxation|
|$1 to $60||Rs. 250|
|$61 to $130||10% of value|
|Over $130||20% of value|
The amount for sales tax is fixed at Rs. 1500.
The amount for customs duty is fixed at Rs. 250.
Additional Sales Tax
The additional sales tax is fixed at 3% of the phone’s value.
The IT tax is fixed at 9% of the phone’s value.
The provincial tax is applicable only for Punjab and it’s fixed at 0.9% of the phone’s value.
How Much Tax You’ll Pay Based on Phone Value
If you don’t want to swing out a calculator, we’ve compiled this list which will tell you exactly how much tax and duties you’ll pay depending on the cost of the phone.
Please keep in mind that these charges are calculated by assuming the value of the US Dollar is equivalent to Rs. 140.
|Value of Mobile||Taxation in PKR|
|$1,000||Rs. 57, 918|
|$1,500||Rs. 83, 420|