The government today issued new procedures for regularization and registration of unregistered mobile phones through a system of paying duties and taxes online.
In order to facilitate international passengers, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in coordination with the cellular mobile operators, have devised a web-based user interface application called Devices Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS)). The system will allow for the swift registration and prompt payment of duty/taxes for mobile devices brought in accompanied baggage.
International travellers can enter details of mobile devices for auto registration through online customs clearance using the new system. The PTA application service is online for registration and payment of duty/taxes against mobile devices imported in accompanied baggage. The service can also be accessed through franchises of mobile operators.
An applicant will be required to submit their personal details including passport number, CNIC number, international motile equipment identity (IMEI) number, etc.
The tax authority added that the mobile devices would be cleared by the system in accordance with admissible allowances under the baggage rules, whereby the first mobile phone in a year would be allowed registration/white listing in the system free of duty/taxes.
In case of a second or more mobile devices, the system shall electronically generate a Payment Slip ID (PSID) for payment of duty/taxes.
The applicant will then have options to pay the leviable duty/taxes through online banking, ATM, mobile banking and bank branches of all leading banks. Once the system confirms the payment of duty/taxes, the mobile device will be white-listed in DIRBS.
Travellers can register the mobile devices brought in accompanied baggage by following this procedure within sixty (60) days of their arrival in Pakistan.
After the expiry of time-limit such mobile devices shall be registered on payment of duty/taxes along with prescribed fine notified for the purpose. In these cases baggage free allowance will also not be available.
Local residents will also register their mobile phones via the PTA web-based facility. The applicants will provide details including CNIC number and IMEI number of the mobile device seeking registration in DIRBS.