As we all know, due to the appreciation of the dollar, import taxes in Pakistan are currently sky high. Whether we are talking about importing a car, laptops, electronic devices, smartphones or any other items. Due to high import taxes, smartphone prices in Pakistan are deteriorating day by day. Undoubtedly, we are at a stage where a mobile phone can cost more than twice as much as its actual price in Pakistan.
As we all know, Apple’s new iPhone arrived in Pakistan this month and local prices are as high as you might expect.
For example, the base iPhone 14 costs $799 in the US, which is about 192,434 Pakistani kroner at the current price. However, buying a 128GB iPhone 14 in Pakistan costs around 381,999 Pakistani crowns on Telemart and other online shopping platforms.
Come to think of it, how much does it cost to import an iPhone yourself? Is it more economical than buying a phone locally? We can now easily determine the answers since we have the official import tax data from FBR.
Here you can check the mobile phone import taxes from the leaked FBR document.
Note the abbreviations: Regulatory Fee = RD, Sales Tax = ST, Withholding Tax = WHT, and Mobile Charge = ML.
|RD (pkr / -)||ST(pcr/-)||WHT(pcr/-)||ML(pcr/-)|
|Up to $30||300||200||100||100|
|from 30 to 100 dollars||3000||200||100||200|
|from 100 to 200 dollars||7500||1680||930||600|
|$200 to $350||11000||17% of the base cost in USD||970||1800|
|from 350 to 500 dollars||15,000||17% of the base cost in USD||5000||4000|
|$500 to $700||22000||17% of the base cost in USD||11 500||8000|
|Above $700||22000||17% of the base cost in USD||11 500||16000|
According to the figures above, importing a 128GB iPhone 14 should cost around 274,541 pkr/-..Here you can check the breakdown:
Starts at: (RD) Rs. 22,000 + ST (17% of 192,343 = Rs 32,698) + WHT (Rs 11,500) + ML (Rs 16,000) + phone cost ($799 = Rs 192,343). All these figures add up to Rs. 274,541, which is more than Rs. 100,000 below the local price.
For your convenience, here we present a price comparison for all iPhone 14 models.
Price comparison for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 plus:
|iPhone 14 128 GB||Rs 274,541 / –||Rs 381,999 / –|
|256 GB iPhone 14||Rs 302,707 / –||Rs 404,999 / –|
|iPhone 14 512 GB||rupees 359 037||rupees 454 999|
|iPhone 14 Plus 128 GB||rupees 302 707||rupees 499 999|
|iPhone 14 Plus 256 GB||rupees 330 872||rupees 529 999|
|iPhone 14 Plus 512 GB||rupees 387 203||rupees 569 999|
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
iPhone 14 Pro 128 GB
|rupees 330 872||rupees 464 999|
|iPhone 14 Pro 256 GB||rupees 359 037||rupees 479 999|
|iPhone 14 Pro 512 GB||rupees 415 368||rupees 549 999|
|iPhone 14 Pro 1TB||rupees 471 699||rupees 609 999|
|iPhone 14 Pro Max 128 GB||rupees 359 037||rupees 539 999|
|iPhone 14 Pro Max 256 GB||rupees 387 203||rupees 569 999|
|iPhone 14 Pro Max 512 GB||rupees 443 534||rupees 609 999|
|iPhone 14 Pro Max 1TB||rupees 499 865||rupees 669 999|
This pricing data is for US models, so prices for phones imported from countries other than Pakistan may vary slightly. Also, it’s important to state that paying these taxes automatically qualifies for PTA approval, so you don’t have to pay extra for it.
The above prices are the final prices of the phones. You may have to pay for purchases depending on the seller, or you may have someone bring them for you from any other country.
What’s more, if the iPhone is brought in as personal baggage, you won’t have to pay any withholding tax on it.