PTA Reveals Taxation and Blocking Stats for DIRBS Since Its Inception

Since the implementation of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS), the import of mobile devices via legal channels has increased from 17.2 million in 2018 to 28.02 million in 2019, showing a 63 percent increase.

In 2020, 32.83 million devices have so far been imported.

PTA has blocked the IMEI of 175 thousand devices reported as stolen through DIRBS. The system has also identified and blocked 24.3 million fake or replica mobile devices and 657,645 IMEIs, which were cloned or duplicated.

The successful execution of the system has led to the establishment of 29 local assembly facilities. These facilities have produced over 20 million devices since 2019, with over 1.5 million 4G smartphones.


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The implementation of DIRBS has been the catalyst for local mobile devices manufacturing, providing a level playing field to local manufacturers. It has also enhanced the potential for placing Pakistan on the map of global mobile device exporters.

Furthermore, through DIRBS, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has collected a total of Rs. 90 Billion in custom duties from Jan 2019 to Nov 2020 on formal imports. This is Rs. 68 billion more than custom duties collected in 2018, i.e., Rs. 22 billion, registering a 309 percent or 3.09x increase.

Moreover, DIRBS has also enabled Rs. 9 billion revenue collection under individual category during the period from January 15, 2019, to December 3, 2020.

Before DIRBS implementation, this was an untapped area, and no revenue was being collected in the category.

  • Still non professional and non coprative people are sitting in islamabad office. Any problem have to visit office 10 times then 50 percent problem solve. They must be fired and sitting head no 1 to be fired. He is trying his best to led down Imran Govt.

  • I lost my brand new MI note 8 mobile in 2020 second day after purchase I called on number after several tries someone pick it up and canceled the call, I file a complaint they said we put your mobile on tracking it’s end of 2020 still unable track my mobile.
    City Hyderabad

  • I live in small village ruler area 18KM away from Hyderabad City
    In my area there is a guy 8th grade failed he has softwares to unlock any kinda block phone PTA block, company block, pattern lock, PIN lock
    Imagine 8th grade failed can do this what IT professional can do.

  • Tax is so high Government should consider this . There is no any other country like this . Phone price 10k tax 7k what a calculation by FBR.

  • If you buy Oneplus 8T form USA it will cost you PKR 85,000 after taxes to US gov. But same in Pakistan costs us PKR 150,000 with Pakistani taxes….

  • Noone would pay 30k above tax for a phone. PTA should reduce taxes in order to maintain proper taxation. People are looking for a jugaar for their phone when they are forced to pay huge tax.

    • On CNIC Rs. 40700
      On Valid* Pasport Rs. 31600
      *A person who travel in Pakistan within 60 Days

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