Pakistan car imports surge by 108pc as restriction eases

Pakistan car imports surge by 108pc as restriction eases

Car imports into Pakistan have surged by 108 per cent Month on Month (MoM) in October 2022 owing to ease in restrictions by the government.

The import of motor cars in Completely Built Unit (CBU) into Pakistan increased to $2.70 million in October 2022 as compared with $1.3 million in previous month i.e. September 2022, according to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

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The increase in import of CBU cars may be attributed to relaxation in import condition by the government. A complete ban was imposed in May 2022 on import of luxury and non-essential items. However, this ban was relaxed on August 20, 2022.

However, there are still some restrictions on the import which resulted in 90 per cent to $27.83 million in October 2021 when compared with the latest number of October 2022.

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Cumulatively, the import of CBU cars plunged by 81 per cent to $23.72 million in first four months (July – October) of current fiscal year 2022-2023 as compared with $123.53 million in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.

Total import of CBU vehicles recorded a decline of over 58 per cent to $89.66 million in first four months of the current fiscal year as compared with $216 million in the corresponding months of the last fiscal year.

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The import of motor cars in Completely Knocked Down (CKD) recorded an increase of 12.47 per cent to $103.47 million in October 2022 when compared with $92 million in September 2022. It decreased by 8 per cent when compared with $112.32 million in October 2021.

Cumulatively, the import of CKD cars recorded a decline of 31.55 per cent to $355.74 million during first four months of the current fiscal year when compared with $520 million in the corresponding months of the last fiscal year.

Overall import of CKD vehicles fell by 33.51 per cent to $507 million during the period under review when compared with $762 million in the same period of the last year.

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