Mobile Phone Imports Nearly Doubled in the Last 12 Months

Mobile phone imports witnessed an increase of 81.32 percent in the last fiscal year (July-June) 2019-20 as they reached $1.369 billion compared to $755.548 million during the same period last year.

Telecom experts are linking the phenomenal growth in mobile imports to the implementation of Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS).


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Mobile phone imports in June 2020, which stood at $231.303 million, registered an unprecedented increase of 300.62 percent growth as compared to $57.736 million imports in June 2019.

Last month’s figure was 108.27 percent higher when compared to $111.059 million in May 2020. These figures were revealed in the latest data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

Overall telecom imports saw an increase of 34 percent during July-June (2019-20) when compared to the same period of last year. Total imports were recorded at $1.86 billion during this period when compared to $1.379 billion in July-June (2018-19), while registering 71.62 percent growth in June 2020. This figure stood at $272.576 million in June 2020 as compared to $158.93 million during May 2020.

Other telecom apparatus imports witnessed a decline of over 21.36 percent in July-June (2019-20) as they stood at $490.754 million against $624.017 million during the same period last year. When compared to May 2020, other telecom apparatus imports registered 13.41 percent decline in June as they were $41.453 million compared to $47.871 million in May 2020.

  • If the Tax amount on smartphones was reasonable like other countries our Imports would have been tripled or even higher… The taxation on smartphones needs to be re-considered as we are a developing nation, we are taxed so high on smartphones that even you can buy smartphones from Developed nations such as USA for a very low price. Low taxes on good smartphones will help to bring in technology at a higher rate in Pakistan and will greatly help in digitization.

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