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Ever since the government of Pakistan has decided to have strict measures on imported mobile phones, there has been a concern amongst people on how to register imported phones. Now the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has directed the Customs authority to seize imported mobile devices. The devices that are being imported through courier or are by brought by passengers need to be registered with the government of Pakistan.
The aim is to regularize the illegal mobile devices that are later on used in criminal activities. FBR introduced a new procedure through which holder of the un-registered phone can register imported phones in Pakistan. The person needs to go to the nearest Customs office and declare the imported phone. After paying the customs duty and taxes, the phone will be registered with the PTA and it won’t be non-compliant. This is a new way that has been introduced to register imported mobile devices.
The government has been thinking of ways on how to legalize non-compliant phones and stop ways of informal channels through which mobile phones are being imported. Registration of imported mobile devices in Pakistan is now mandatory because all mobile network operators have been directed by the PTA that non-compliant phones should not be working in Pakistan. We will now take you through the process of how you can register your imported mobile phone in Pakistan.
There are a lot of mobile devices imported through courier services. The government has decided to regulate the import of mobile devices through courier services whether the device is for personal use or a gift. Once the mobile is imported through courier, the customs authority will detain the phone at the airport and issue a stamped declaration to the person who imported it through courier service. The following process needs to be followed in order to get your phone compliant with the PTA.
You can start the process of getting your imported phones registered online which will make them legal in Pakistan. Legalization of imported mobile devices online can be done by applying for CoC through the PTA portal. The applicant needs to submit the required documents as well that are mentioned on the PTA’s website.
Once the documents are submitted, PTA will review them and then release the phone after issuing the CoC. The copy of releasing document will also be sent to the customs authority. If the CoC is not issued by PTA, then customs authority will take further action. The next step after issuance of CoC for imported mobile phones registration in Pakistan is to pay the customs levy.
Once the PTA issues CoC, the applicant needs to deposit leviable duty/taxes with the customs authority in order to get their imported phones. Once the duty on the phone is paid, the customs authority will release the phone. One thing to note here is that imported mobile phone taxes will differ according to the price of the mobile set that the applicant has imported.
Apart from devices imported through courier services, PTA and Customs authority are working together to regulate mobile phones that are brought in the country by foreign passengers. The authorities have decided to educate the people about the new laws regarding imported mobile phones so that un-registered mobile devices legalization process can take place properly.
Passengers carrying imported phones will have to get their phones registered at the airport through the DIRBS available at the international arrival lounge. The procedure of registration of imported mobile devices brought by foreign passengers is explained below.
The mobile devices brought by international passengers need to be presented at the Customs counter. Declaration of imported mobile devices is mandatory for all the passengers by filling the declaration form available at all airports of the country. The customs authorities will then verify the details on the declaration form and will start the issuance process of CoC of imported mobile phones.
The PTA will issue a CoC for the imported mobile phone after checking the declaration form and details. The applicant then needs to deposit import levies of the mobile devices so that they can use the phone in Pakistan. The levies applicable on the mobile phones will be ascertained by the Customs authorities according to the Baggage Rule 2006. Once the duty is determined, the applicant can deposit assessed duties and the imported mobile phone will then be released for use in the country.
In case the passenger fails to register the imported mobile phone upon entry in Pakistan, there is still a chance. The applicant can register the phone within 15 days of arriving in the country. The applicant needs to go to the nearest Customs Collectorate along with the travel documents including the passport. The customs authority will then process the declaration in the same way as mentioned above.
There are hundreds and thousands of illegal phones in the market that have been brought through the illegal channel. In order to regularize these un-registered mobile devices, it is required that the owner pay the levies on the phone by 31st December to register it with PTA. The owner of such phones can come at the Customs Collectorate to file their declaration and complete the registration of illegally brought a mobile phone.
The duly filled form with the PTA will be used to issue the CoC. Once the CoC is issued, the customs authorities will determine the duty/taxes applicable on the phone. The applicants can then deposit duty/taxes of mobile devices and regularize the illegal mobile phones. Once the timeline of regularizing the mobile phone has expired, there will be no option available to make them legal. All such illegal devices will then be confiscated and blocked by the PTA through its DIRBS system.