PTA – Only one mobile to be allowed to bring in Pakistan yearly

Hammad Azhar talks about the cell phones import rules.

Travelers to be allowed by PTA to bring only one cell phone in a year as duty-free

A large number of Pakistanis are living abroad. They carry more than one mobile phone when they go back home free of customs duties. This will not be the case anymore as PTA will be controlling it.

The Minister’s Word:

As per the personal baggage rules, the Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar has announced that people traveling to Pakistan will be allowed to bring in only one cellphone per year free of customs duty.

Total Mobiles Allowed:

A maximum of five smartphones can be brought under the new regulations in a year. However, customs duty will have to be paid on the extra four handsets to require service in Pakistan beyond 30 days.

On Saturday, the Federal Minister had written on Twitter, saying that the cabinet has decided that those mobile phones which are not custom duty paid, will be deactivated by PTA after 30 days.

Here is what he said:


In addition to this, the State Minister further said the cabinet has also approved the relaxation in policies regarding the commercial import of new and used mobile phones.

PTA to take a hit at the smuggling of mobiles in Pakistan.

The Minister of State, Hammad Azhar guided phone users to avoid any hassle. He said that if you are purchasing a new phone and activating after 1st December 2018, make sure to send its IMEI number to 8484 to know about its legal status.

Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said,

“All those mobile phones which are illegally brought in the country, after December 31 will be blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).”

Check this too: Here is how you can save your mobile from getting blocked

He said this decision was taken to curb mobile phone smuggling, which is damaging the national economy.

The information minister’s say:

The Information Minister also announced about a new Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) to block the smuggled phones after December 31.

“The restriction will not be imposed on the phones already in use,” he added.

He said that mobile phones worth Rs82 million come through formal channels and taxes were paid. But phones worth Rs2.5 billion come through informal channels every year.

The information minister said, “The sale of second-hand phones is banned but these phones are still available in markets.”

Hammad Azhar’s statement on PTI official Facebook page in Urdu:

PTA to allow only one cell phone a year for travelers.
PTA to allow only one cell phone a year for travelers.
Hammad Azhar's tweets in Urdu
Hammad Azhar’s tweets in Urdu
Hammad Azhar about cell phones import.
Hammad Azhar about cell phones import.
Hammad Azhar explaining how to save your imported cell phone from getting blocked.
Hammad Azhar explaining how to save your imported cell phone from getting blocked.

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