Pakistan has been plagued with the horror of smuggled goods which keeps on ripping off the national kitty of millions of rupees in taxes. Reportedly, the country has lost more than Rs. 350 million due to smuggling in the last six months.
According to Customs Intelligence, the authorities have confiscated smuggled goods and non-custom paid cars worth more than Rs. 540 million in the last six months which speaks volumes about the illegal trade of items in the country.
Most of the goods that are commonly smuggled in the country include electronics, cigarettes, mobile phone, jewelry, tire, non-custom paid automobile etc.
Last year, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) launched a comprehensive initiative to discourage smuggling and theft of mobile devices, by blocking these illegal and counterfeit handsets operating in the country.
The system is called ‘Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System’ (DIRBS) and it will use the distinct IMEI number of each device, along with other parameters, to help in identifying, monitoring and regulating such devices.
Most prominent cause of smuggling in Pakistan is high prevailing taxes imposed by the government which provides an opportunity to grey importers to make money illegally in the country. We have recently seen the decrease in the legal import of mobile phones as compared to the same time in the previous fiscal year which shows is dangerous for the national kitty as well.