Pakistan import 18.4 million cell phones a year of which 95 per cent sets are imported from China under the free trade agreement without payment of any duty.
As per the Government of Pakistan’s policy there is no duty on the import of mobile sets from the countries included in free trade agreement.
Last year, $ 536 million worth of cell phones were imported into the country from China alone and there was no duty on their import.
Cell phone imports are are benefiting the national economy in term of revenue collection.
According to statistics last year $ 686 million were imported into the country last year which depicted a 32 per cent increase over fiscal year 2010-11.-UNS