Islamabad – Pakistan Customs has collected Rs54 billion in the last year on import of mobile devices through Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBs), which is 145 per cent higher over the preceding year.
The data released by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) showed that the increase in revenue from mobile phone import is due to the fact that now any non-duty paid/smuggled phone cannot be used in Pakistan without payment of due taxes and registration with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
Pakistan Customs in collaboration with the PTA introduced the DIRBs to eliminate the usage of smuggled devices in the country. This successful intervention has attracted huge investment in the country, according to a customs official.
The official said that 17 companies are now manufacturing mobile phones in the country while adding that the TCL also plans to invest in Pakistan’s mobile manufacturing industry with Airlink whereas another company Alcatel is also exploring the possibility.