No duty payable on phones being used on roaming for less than thirty days: Azhar

For these phones to be registered, Mr Azhar said it can be done at either the airports or in any of the Customs houses across the country and phones aren’t detained during the process of registration/duty payments

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LAHORE: The Minister for State for Revenue, Finance and Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar on Tuesday said people using their phones on roaming while staying in Pakistan won’t require to pay any duty/registration if the time period is less than thirty days.

On Tuesday, Mr Azhar on Twitter explained the mobile tax policy for people travelling from abroad to Pakistan and how it will work.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Mr Azhar said, for benefit of people travelling into Pakistan from abroad, the mobile tax policy will allow for one phone to be registered as duty-free.

He added, for people using their phones on roaming while staying in Pakistan would require paying no duty/registration.

Also, the minister said no registration/duty is required if phones are to be used for less than thirty-days in Pakistan.

He highlighted, no registration/duty is required to be paid on a phone that was activated or ever used in the country before December 1st, 2018.

For these phones to be registered, Mr Azhar said it can be done at either the airports or in any of the Customs houses across the country and phones aren’t detained during the process of registration/duty payments.

In response to a query, if the passengers arriving from overseas would be searched for extra devices, Mr Azhar said, “It’s a voluntary declaration, registration can be done at customs houses too.”

Moreover, he explained voluntary declaration meant that airports aren’t the route to register and there was no compulsion in registering.

However, non-custom paid phones that aren’t registered will get deactivated after thirty-days, said Mr Azhar.

Previously, Mr Azhar had announced late last month 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 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.

Earlier, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry 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.

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  1. Is there an age limit? Like, if 4 people are traveling to Pakistan, 2 parents and 2 kids, can they bring 2 phones or 4 phones without any customs/duty/issue?

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