Country Guide: Pakistan

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Updated: November 23, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original Passport
  • Original Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC - if Pakistani national)
  • Copy of Visa
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Inventory list in English
  • Packing list with purchase invoices
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Transfer of Residence Certificate
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card (Diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • Pakistani citizens must pay full Customs duties and taxes.
  • Shippers can import shipments duty free for the first 6 months by completing a CBR Booklet (foreigners).
  • All import duties are charged on the costs, insurance and freight of the shipment (CIF) value; the value is determined by Customs officials.
  • Only used clothing and used household effects can be imported on a duty-free basis.
  • A Letter of Authority from the Mission is required for all shipments.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 4-5 days after arrival of the shipment.
  • Consignee should be present for Customs clearance.
  • All items are dutiable; the value and depreciation of the goods can be negotiated with the examiner at the time of clearance.
  • Do not send insurance or any documents showing value of the household goods with the shipment to avoid payment of heavy import duties.
  • Diplomats may import shipments duty free with presentation of a Diplomatic Exemption Certificate to Customs authorities.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • OBL / AWB
  • Original Technical Passport or Certificate of Title
  • De-registration Certificate
  • Invoice of purchase showing the engine number, model and horsepower

 

Specific Information

  • Pakistani national citizens cannot import vehicles older than 2 years.
  • Diplomats can import vehicles older than 2 years.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Original Passport of shipper
  • Health Certificate and Vaccination Certificate (issued by origin country)
  • Quarantine Certificate issued by the Government of Pakistan / Veterinary Certificate
  • Pet Passport

 

Specific Information

  • Document required must accompany animals and pets.
  • Pets may be transported as baggage, as cargo, or with passengers traveling by air.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), tobacco (1/2 kg)
    • Eau de Toilette (1/4 L) and perfume (1/8 L)
    • Gifts and souvenirs (reasonable number and quantity)

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Pornography
  • Narcotics
  • Toxic and radioactive materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

IAM Note:  Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability. 

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_992.html

http://www.pakistanconsulateny.org

 

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.