Mobile phone import declines by 18.69pc on unregistered IMEI blocking

Mobile phone import declines by 18.69pc on unregistered IMEI blocking

ISLAMABAD: The import of mobile phones has declined by 18.69 percent in December 2018 owing government initiative of blocking non-compliant IMEIs.

The import of mobile phones fell to $59.4 million in December 2018 as compared with $73 million in the same month of last year.

The mobile phones having unregistered IMEI have been blocked by the government. An incentive scheme was announced for people to get registered their non-compliant cell phones by January 15, 2019.

Another reason for decline in mobile phones is massive depreciation of local currency during the last year. The government has also imposed phone levy and other duty and taxes on import of cell phones.

The import of mobile phones during first half of current fiscal year posted 3.3 percent decline to $364 million as compared $376.5 million in the corresponding half of the last fiscal year.

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