PTA in collaboration with FBR has launched a new web-based user interface application in DIRBS to facilitate international travelers for the regularization and registration of unregistered mobile phones. With the new feature, one will be able to pay duties and taxes online rather than standing in a long queue at the Airport.
According to sources, international travelers will be able to bring phones in their luggage without declaring them at the airport. Moreover, FBR has also issued separate procedures for the registration of the mobile devices brought in by international travelers, registration of mobile devices by the local applicant, registration of mobile devices imported by individuals through postal service or courier and registration of mobile devices imported illegally through informal channels by local traders.
Furthermore, according to the PTA now overseas Pakistanis can only bring one phone free of duty and a maximum of five can be brought in as per personal baggage rules. However, they will have to pay duty on the four extra handsets.
The web-based interface can be accessed by the international travelers for hassle-free registration and payment of duty/taxes against mobile devices imported in their baggage through the official website. For registration, the system will need the applicant to submit the details of passport number, computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number etc.
Moreover, overseas Pakistanis will have the time frame of 60 days after their arrival to register their mobile devices brought-in baggage. People currently residing in Pakistan can also register their devices through this online portal, however, they will have to pay duty on their devices.
Reference links: phoneworld.com.pk