New Taxes On Imported Mobile Phones; Fbr Is Blocking Unregistered Devices

New Taxes on Imported Mobile Phones; PTA asks to remove duties from mobile phones imported before 1st July 2019.

The FBR (Federal Board of Revenue) is accumulating taxes/duties on imported mobile phones being carried by international travelers. The taxes are also following up Baggage rules (one duty-free mobile per passenger). The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been following the change in law and has pleaded that all mobile phones imported before 1st July shall not be implied for taxes and duties.

The government has formularized a new tax and duty structure for all mobile imports and we can certainly see us paying a lot of money in the regard. Also those devices which have been activated after 15th January 2019 are required to get registered within 60 days. A total of 10,273,531 devices have been blocked till yet on consistent terms and upon lapse of 60 days as a warning period. Such strict implementations are rare in Pakistan but people need to take this step of government particularly seriously since implementations have already started and massive numbers of devices have already been blocked out.

It is noteworthy that prior to blocking, the government sends a warning SMS to all unregistered consumers clearly alarming them that the device will be blocked due to non-registration. It is the official data which has quoted the number of people experiencing PTA blocking devices and custom officials as collecting taxes on phones which were imported or activated before July 1, 2019. People need to be cautious and register their devices as soon as possible. On the other side, the PTA has requested government to implement taxes on only those mobile phones which were imported after 1st July. Following the plea and people paying taxes, a total of 1,195,562 IMEI have been unblocked under DIRBS so far.

However some sources have claimed that despite people paying taxes, their phones were not unblocked and that such complaints are still growing in number.

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