PTA to deactivate all smuggled phones by Jan 2019

Travellers allowed only one cell phone per year to bring into Pakistan duty-free

The Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar has announced that mobile phones sold after 1st December 2018 that are not customs duty paid (i.e. smuggled) will be deactivated by PTA after a lapse of 30 days.

In a post on Twitter, the minister said that the cabinet has decided that mobile phones sold after 1st December 2018 that are not customs duty paid will be deactivated by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) after a lapse of 30 days. Phones currently in use or activated before 1st December will not be affected or require any registration

He announced that those travelling to Pakistan will be allowed to bring in only one cellphone per year which will be free of customs duty as per personal baggage rules.

The minister said that although a maximum of five smartphones can be brought under the new regulations in a year, customs duty, however, will have to be paid on the extra four handsets to be fully functional in Pakistan beyond 30 days.

However, phones currently in use or activated before December 1 will not be affected or require any registration, he added.

The state minister further said, “The cabinet has also approved the relaxation in policies regarding the commercial import of new and used mobile phones,” adding that the ban on commercial import of used phones has also been lifted if the phone models conform to PTA regulations and duties and taxes have been paid on them.

In another tweet, Azhar said, “If you are purchasing a new phone or carry any phone that you wish to install a SIM in and activate after 1st December 2018, make sure to send its IMEI number to 8484 to know about its legal status. The IMEI number can be found the mobile phone’s box or by dialing *#06# on its screen.”

Regarding the implementation of this policy, the minister said in another tweet that the customs electronic automated system has already been intergrated with the PTA’s DRIBS system. The IMEI numbers of customs duty paid phones is automatically uploaded into PTA’s database.

Earlier, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday had announced that the cabinet had decided to install 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 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.


  1. the percentage for tax is not mention apni marzi sa tax lga rha ha wah kamal ha ratio kia ha tax ki wo b btani chaiya an more than 15-20% tax ni hona chaiya ya tu ziada tax la rha apni marzi sa

  2. Assalikum Respected Sir i am muhammad zahid i am purchase two mobile in abu dhabi uae. (01 Samsung galaxy Note8) (Samsung Galaxy Grand prime Plus). I dont Know How much pay the tex in Airport. How many mobile allow Free of cost. Plz any one reiated information for mobile plz share with me my whatupps 03175800560. Register time kon kon see chez ke requriment hai plz repky

  3. They are robing us, i has purchased Lenovo K5 Play in 16500, and i didnot know that it was not registered, then i tried to register it, and Fu*k what i saw 8000 Rupees for TAX, what the hell is this, if you want tax then ask for the right amount dont rob us, every one are trying to rob poor peoples even new govt. too, my salary is 21000 and my house rent is 15000 do you even imagine how a middle class family is living in now days, and what is salary rise just fucking 5% why wont govt create some policy for salary rise system, come in my shoe and think how to pay 8000 for my handset.

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