Moving to Pakistan

Moving to Pakistan

Ports: By Sea: Karachi; By Air: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta ; Inland Ports: Lahore, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawor

Prohibited: Explosives, Firearms, Daggers, Pornography, Liquor/Wine

ContLiftvans must be of reasonable size

Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

Required Documents:  (1) OBL (2) Invoice/packing List (3) Exemption Certificate from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad

Customs Regulations: Allowed for diplomats only.

Clearance2 or 3 days. Customer presence required for clearance? No

RemarksAuthority letter for customs purposes required from importer.

Diplomatic Removals

Required Documents:  (1) Exemption Certificate issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad (2) OBL (3) Invoice/Packing list (4) Authority letter

Customs Regulations: Allowed free of duty

Clearance3 days after receipt of documents and discharge of cargo by vessel. Customer presence required for clearance? No

RemarksAuthority letter from importer is essential. All items or cars allowed duty free to Diplomats.

Firearms and Weapons

Required Documents:  (1) OBL (2) Invoice/packing List (3) Exemption Certificate from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad

Customs Regulations: Allowed for diplomats only on production of Arms license.

Clearance: 2 or 3 days. Customer presence required for clearance? No

Remarks: Authority letter for customs purposes required from importer.

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Required Documents:  (1) OBL (2) Form ‘A’ (customs) (3) Passport (4) Invoice/packing list (5) Employer certificate (6) Authority letter

Customs Regulations: Allowed under personal baggage or transfer of residence; however, some items may be dutiable such as electronic items.

Clearance4 days after discharge of cargo. Customer presence required for clearance? Yes

RemarksDuty free to diplomats on production of Exemption Certificate from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad

New Furniture

Required Documents:  (1) OBL (2) Form ‘A’ (customs) (3) Passport (4) Invoice/packing (5) employers certificate (6) Above in case of foreign nationals and proof that returning Pakistan national is returning for good (in case of Pakistan nationals)

Customs Regulations: Allowed under personal baggage or transfer of residence

Clearance3 to 4 days on discharge of cargo. Customer presence required for clearance? Yes

RemarksUsed furniture allowed duty free and new furniture allowed on payment of taxes approximately 100% of value of goods. This is duty free to diplomats on productions of Exemption Certificate from Ministry of Foreign Affairs Islamabad

Pets and Animals

Required Documents:  (1) Health Certificate issued by concerned authority (2) Passport of importer

Customs Regulations: Allowed accompanied or as unaccompanied baggage.

Clearance: Day to Day. Customer presence required for clearance? Yes

Remarks:

Vehicles

Required Documents:  (1) OBL (2) Form ‘A’ (customs) (3) Passport (4) Invoice/packing (5) Import permit

Customs Regulations: (Only for Pakistani Nationals) Under transfer of residence or gift to mother or wife only.

Clearance: 3 days. Customer presence required for clearance? No

RemarksRate of duty varies: 1000 CC Car. Duty/Taxes @ 100%. 1300 CC Car. Duty/Taxes @ 150%. 1600 CC Car. Duty/Taxes @ 200%. 2000 CC Car. Duty/Taxes @ 350% of C & F Value.

Notes

Required Documents:

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Clearance:

RemarksShipments intended for inland ports must indicate the name of the port concerned as “FINAL PORT OF DISCHARGE” and freight must be prepaid at origin. Rawalpindi is the inland port for Islamabad. The distance is about 30 km. Transit time from Karachi to other inland ports is about 3-5 weeks.

Please note:
The information on this page is intended as a guide and NOT as a complete or definitive resource.
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