Guide to Sending Parcels to Pakistan

Pakistan's Indus River Valley has been home to a series of civilizations over the last 5000 years, which has led to Pakistan being the world's 6th most populous nation. Modern Pakistan is renowned for having won numerous international cricket events and produced the world's winningest squash player: Jahangir Khan.

While Pakistan's economy remains cash-based, e-commerce is making fast inroads with the value of those transactions having doubled in the last 5 years. With the number of internet subscribers also expected to double in the next half decade, the future of e-commerce looks bright for Pakistan.

The sources of information on this page come directly from the Government of Pakistan, the Federal Board of Revenue, and number of other government sources.

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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Pakistan before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.


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Documents Only

Documents can be shipped to Pakistan tax and duty free. Documents often sent overseas include:

  • Company reports and proposals
  • Cheques
  • Gift cards
  • Pamphlets and newsletters

Some document types are restricted and should be indicated on the Commercial Invoice.

Document Type Restriction
Business cards No limit on quantity calculated on weight basis.
Cheques & Traveller's cheques Must be personalised.
Greetings cards and invitations Must be personalised. Blanks are not permitted.
Airline Tickets To be considered a document, each airline ticket must be issued to a single person.
Newspapers Non-commercial use only
Examination Papers To be classed as documents they can weigh no more than 5 kg.
Maximum value of a parcel: US $20 (about $26 CDN).

See See here for a complete list of restrictions on documents.

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs

Shipping Gifts to Pakistan

Shipping Gifts

There are no exemptions for gift shipments to Pakistan. Gift parcels will incur duties and a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 17% as with all other shipments.

To ensure that your parcel clear customs most efficiently, be sure to follow the steps below:

  • The word 'GIFT' is clearly be indicated on the commercial invoice.
  • A detailed description of each item is provided.
  • The value is declared on the commercial invoice.

NOTE: Shipping a gift to an individual to their work address will cause an issue - it'll be seen as a commercial shipment and will not be exempt from duties and taxes.

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Kashmiri Mohalla
Sialkot, Punjab
Pakistan

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 21 Nov 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Pakistan

Shipping Personal Effects

You may ship personal effects duty free to Pakistan providing:

  • You are a foreign national moving to Pakistan for 2 years or more
  • you are a Pakistani national returning to Pakistan after staying abroad for a period of 2 years or more and you have not visited Pakistan for more than 120 days in the last 2 years.

Moving Temporarily

If you are on your first visit to Pakistan in a year after staying abroad for more than 7 days, you can bring the following duty free:

  • One Radio or one ordinary tap recorder.
  • One VCP, VCR, VCD or DVD Player.
  • One still camera and one video camera.
  • Personal jewellery in reasonable quantity.
  • Professional tools up to the value of US $500 (about $650 CDN)
  • Used furniture, kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery, linen and blankets

Moving Permanently

Pakistani citizens are eligible for a transfer of residence allowance providing the owner of the goods has stayed abroad for 2 or more years and has not visited Pakistan in those 2 years for a cumulative period of 120 days or more.

Foreign nationals are also eligible for a transfer of residence duty discount if they are arriving in Pakistan for a stay of 2 or more years. This is usually stated in their employment letters

If you are moving to Pakistan you will need to complete a Transfer of Residence (ToR) form before your move to claim exemption from duties and taxes on selected items. Duty free goods that qualify for a Transfer of Residence allowance are:

  • Used clothing and accessories
  • Toiletries and an electric shaver
  • One electric iron and one hair dryer
  • One wrist watch
  • One mobile phone
  • One desktop or laptop computer
  • One still camera and one video camera
  • Professional tools not exceeding $500 USD (about $650 CDN)
  • Prizes, trophies and medals given to you
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500 g of manufactured tobacco
  • 250 mL of eau de toilette and 125 mL of perfume
  • Gifts and souvenirs providing they are a reasonable number and quantity

Document Checklist

  • Transfer of Residence (ToR) form (include with your shipment)
  • Clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' in the "General Description" or "Remarks" section on the commercial invoice
  • Inventory list written in English
  • Packing list with purchase invoices
  • Employment letter

Sources:
http://www.customsenquiry.gov.pk/baggage.html
http://www.customsenquiry.gov.pk/faqs.html
http://www.karachiairport.com.pk/Procedures/Pro-CustomRules.aspx
http://www.sbp.org.pk/fe_returns/Custom-tariff-09-10.pdf
http://www.pakmission.ca/forms/transferofresidence.pdf
http://download1.fbr.gov.pk/Docs/201011815113751218Brochure-014.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Kashmiri Mohalla
Sialkot, Punjab
Pakistan

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 21 Nov 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Pakistan

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Most food, chocolate and candy products can be imported to Pakistan at a 20% tax rate. There are a few regulations that are easy to meet but nonetheless very important.
When shipping food to Pakistan you must ensure that the:

What You Can Send

  • Food has a shelf life of six months or longer.
  • Food is in the original manufacturer's packaging or wrapping.
  • Food labels list all ingredients and include an expiry date.
  • Packaging is sealed and intact.
  • Halal certificate is attached to the parcel

Generally you can send 1- 2 kg of food for personal consumption. Above that, you may be charged duties and taxes. The same rules apply for businesses. There are different rules for 2 special cases: foreign employees and privileged personnel.

1. A foreign employee of an industrial venture is entitled to import foodstuffs duty and tax-free up to the customs and freight value of US $100 (about $130 CDN) per month. (This excludes alcoholic beverages.)

2. Privileged personnel (defined as foreign experts, consultants or technicians visiting or residing in Pakistan under a proper Aid Agreement) are allowed to import the same values of foodstuffs as described in (1) above. However, they are entitled to import foodstuffs and goods comprising liquor and tobacco up to the customs and freight value of US $200 (about $260 CDN) but must pay taxes and duty. Also, the value of liquor must not exceed US $100 (about $130 CDN) per month.

Chocolates

Chocolates can be imported easily into Pakistan. The duty and tax rates vary based on the type and brand of chocolate being imported. See here for details.

NOTE: Pakistani nationals are NOT exempt from duty and taxes on imported food, chocolate and candies.

Importing Food to Pakistan

Food can be imported into Pakistan providing the following restrictions and policies are observed:

  • Labels in English or Urdu are required.
  • When the foodstuffs are cleared, they must have a minimum of 66% of their shelf life.
  • Labelling of nutritional values and usage instructions in Urdu and English.
  • The exporter must provide a certificate of origin for all shipments.
  • For animal products and products containing animal products, the exporter must ensure that the product is 'Halal certified'.
  • Alcoholic beverages cannot be imported for commercial sale.

Pakistan requires that commercial invoices and packing lists be included inside each shipping container. The following information must be placed in a durable and legible manner on all packages in the consignment or container:

  • The name of the product
  • The name and address of the manufacturer
  • The net contents
  • The date of manufacture and date of expiration
  • The percentage of dye contents
  • The normal storage stability

Documents Required

The following documents are generally required for import into Pakistan:

  • A National Tax Number (NTN) certificate issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on filing of application form accompanied with one attested copy of National Identity Card of the importer.
  • A Pakistani bank account.
  • A Sales Tax Registration. For registration, an importer must send Form ST-1 to their local sales tax registration office via post.
  • A membership certificate of Chamber of Commerce and Industries or any relevant trade association of Pakistan.
  • A letter of credit.
  • Documents in English will suffice; there is no need to translate into Urdu

More details on this can be found here.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency provides a checklist to help businesses export food internationally.

NOTE: Food samples, product samples and free samples must follow the same regulations as commercially imported items.

Document Checklist

  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Food%20and%20Agricultural%20Import%20Regulations%20and%20Standards%20Report_Islamabad_Pakistan_3-21-2019.pdf
http://customnews.pk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/valuation-1042.pdf
http://download1.fbr.gov.pk/Docs/2018817158749999PakistanCustomTariff2018-19-CH1-99.pdf
http://download1.fbr.gov.pk/SROs/201610251510913232Updated-450-2001-2015-16-RULES.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Kashmiri Mohalla
Sialkot, Punjab
Pakistan

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 21 Nov 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Pakistan

Samples

Small parcels sent to Pakistan as samples have no value restriction. The aggregate customs, insurance and freight (CIF) value of samples must not exceed US $10,000 (about $13,000 CDN) or equivalent, per firm in a calendar year.

This valuation has an exception for medicines, which is PKR 25,000 (about 206 CDN), and for leather products it is 50 samples per calendar year.

In Pakistan, commercial samples are items only used for demonstration purposes. Their aim is to encourage people to buy or place orders.

You can import your commercial samples free of duties and taxes if:

  • The consignee (a.k.a. the recipient) is an established commercial entity* within Pakistan
  • An indemnity bond or bank guarantee ensures that the items will be re-exported to Canada
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking that clearly indicates the item as a commercial sample.
  • The items are declared as 'Commercial Sample' on the commercial invoice (See example below)
  • For Food Samples, Product samples and free samples must follow the same regulations as commercially imported items

Examples of consignees that are established commercial entities:

  • A government agency or department
  • A public institution or public establishment recognised and approved by the Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP)

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs
https://import-export.societegenerale.fr/en/country/pakistan/regulations-customs
http://download1.fbr.gov.pk/sros/CustomsSROs/1982sro92cu.htm
http://download1.fbr.gov.pk/sros/CustomsSROs/1998sro783cu.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Kashmiri Mohalla
Sialkot, Punjab
Pakistan

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 21 Nov 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Pakistan

Advertising Material / Marketing Material

Unfortunately, there is limited information on this topic. Our research shows that printed advertising/marketing material can be imported into Pakistan free of duties and taxes however, sources on this are limited.

Advertising material checklist:

  • The commercial invoice clearly indicates 'Promotional material' or 'Advertising material' in the General Description or Remarks section (See example below.)
  • Price lists
  • The shipper can only send advertising material to a single receiver. If they are sent to multiple receivers, duties and taxes will apply.

Sources:
https://about.usps.com/publications/pub141/pakistan.htm

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Kashmiri Mohalla
Sialkot, Punjab
Pakistan

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 21 Nov 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in Pakistan

Repairs

Sending Product for Repair to Pakistan:

Goods exported from Pakistan that are under warranty may be returned to Pakistan for the purpose of repair or correcting defects.
Pakistan's Ministry of Commerce requires an indemnity bond in order to obtain a duty free exemption.

Ensure to complete the following on the Commercial Invoice:

  • Write the words 'REPAIR & RETURN' under General Description or Remarks
  • Write the Serial or Product number under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include a copy of the Repair Contract with all your export documentation

Returning Product after Repairs are Completed:

If your product has been repaired in Canada and is being returned back to Pakistan, then the following conditions must be met in order to obtain a duty free exemption:

  • The words 'REPAIR & RETURN' are stated on the commercial invoice under General Description or Remarks
  • The value of the product, INCLUDING the cost of the repair, must be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Pakistan

Note: If you don't have the original tracking information or documentation then your shipment may be delayed by Customs, and taxes may be charged on the shipment.

Sources:
http://pakistanembassy.se/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/banned-items-to-import-to-Pakistan.pdf
https://www.tdap.gov.pk/pdf/IPO-2015-18.pdf
https://www.export.gov/article?id=Pakistan-Temporary-Entry
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/forms-formulaires/e15-eng.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Kashmiri Mohalla
Sialkot, Punjab
Pakistan

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 21 Nov 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Pakistan

Temporary Imports

Generally, goods imported temporarily to Pakistan must be re-exported within 6 months of the date of admission. However, if required by extenuating circumstances, this can be extended by an additional 6 months.

In the case of professional equipment, they can remain in Pakistan for 12 months.

Goods that are often part of a temporary import include:

  • Scientific and professional equipment.
  • Commercial samples.
  • Items that will be used or displayed at a fair, exhibition or event.
  • Tools and specialised equipment required for repairing, exploring, producing or manufacturing.
  • Materials and goods to be used for entertainment or during a public exhibition such as a trade show booth.
  • Equipment required to evaluate and test the operation of other goods and equipment.
  • Equipment and supplies for a mountaineering expedition.

To ensure that your goods qualify for temporary import, check the following website: https://www.tdap.gov.pk/pdf/IPO-2015-18.pdf.

If goods are to be temporarily imported for use in Pakistan, there are 3 options you can exercise in order to avoid having to pay any import duties or taxes.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a Commercial Invoice (CI).


Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying Duties and taxes
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided). High (if broker cannot clear goods temporarily)
2 Commercial Invoice + Indemnity Bond or Bank Guarantee Very Low
3 Commercial Invoice + ATA Carnet Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial invoice only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty or tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, Fedex, DHL), nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.


2. CI + Indemnity Bond or Bank Guarantee

Temporary import-cum-export (a.k.a. Import combined with export) of goods is allowed with a monetary guarantee that they will be re-exported from Pakistan within the agreed time.

The amount of the bond or bank guarantee is equivalent to the customs duties and VAT. It will be refunded when the items are re-exported and forfeited if they remain in Pakistan.

NOTE: There are prohibitions and restrictions to Temporary Imports that can be found in the Appendices of the website: https://www.tdap.gov.pk/pdf/IPO-2015-18.pdf.

3. CI + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.


In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here.

In addition to using 1 of the 3 options outlined above, the following conditions must also be met:

  • The goods leave Pakistan within 1 year
  • The goods remain in the same condition as they were imported.
  • The words 'Temporary Import/Not for Resale' are stated on the commercial invoice under General Description.

NOTE: If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.

Document Checklist

  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating "Temporary Import" including the return date. This must be written in the General Description section.
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)

Sources:
https://www.tdap.gov.pk/pdf/IPO-2015-18.pdf
https://www.aramex.com/support/customs-clearance/country-search-results?country=pk
http://www.sbp.org.pk/fe_manual/hs/HS21.pdf

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Kashmiri Mohalla
Sialkot, Punjab
Pakistan

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 21 Nov 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge



Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Pakistan

Permanent/Sold Goods

Exporting sold goods to Pakistan is a straightforward process. Generally, you should only need a commercial invoice. If you are shipping personal belongings, you will also need to include a packaging list.

We recommend you consult a licensed Pakistan customs broker if you are considering exporting goods on a regular basis.

A list of clearing agents in Karachi, Pakistan can be found at:
http://customspk.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/clearingagents.pdf

A list of clearing agents in Karachi, Pakistan can be found at:
https://www.lahore.ebizpk.com/custom-clearance-lahore.htm

Support is also available from:
http://tradecommissioner.gc.ca/trade-commissioner-delegue-commercial/search-recherche.aspx?lang=eng

Sources:
https://www.tdap.gov.pk/pdf/IPO-2015-18.pdf
https://import-export.societegenerale.fr/en/country/pakistan/regulations-customs.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Kashmiri Mohalla
Sialkot, Punjab
Pakistan

Phone: 613-555-1234
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 21 Nov 2019
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Pakistan. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Pakistan, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
TOR Form For a Pakistani national returning to live in Pakistan after a 2 year-plus absence

Two sets of the following documents:

  • Transfer of Residence
  • Copy of Canadian income tax return
  • Letter from employer of annual income
  • Valid Pakistan passport
  • Photocopy of valid ID card
  • List of goods
  • $20 CDN payment to the Consular General of Pakistan

Further details can be found here

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


The list of restricted and prohibited items changes often, so it's always best to check the official customs page prior to sending your packages.


Prohibited items include:

  • Alcohol or any products containing alcohol
  • Goods with words or inscriptions of a religious nature
  • Any anti-Islamic or subversive material
  • Translations of the Holy Quran without Arabic text
  • Any edible product not fit for human consumption
  • Fireworks
  • Gambling equipment
  • Counterfeit and pirated goods
  • Passports
  • Self defence sprays
  • Indecent and obscene material
  • Goods of Israeli origin or imported from Israel

Your carrier will refuse to accept your parcel if any of these items are in it. Any prohibited items will be seized and you could be prosecuted.

Restricted items include:

  • Endangered animals and plants
  • Betel nuts
  • Dried and fresh fruits
  • Cigars, cigarettes, and tobacco products
  • Mobile phones
  • Food colours
  • Infant toys
  • Live animals
  • Firearms, explosives and ammunition
  • Foods with less than 75% or 9 months of their shelf life
  • Cash and cash equivalents
  • Furs
  • Viagra
  • Antiques
  • Drugs and non-prescriptive (vitamins, herbs)
  • Leather (wet blue)
  • Metals, precious
  • Minerals, minerals products
  • Paints, non-hazmat
  • Used goods
  • Maps and charts, including atlases, wall maps, globes

NOTE: Shipments may be inspected by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) prior to export and Pakistani Customs upon entry to Pakistan.

Sources:
http://pakistanembassy.se/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/banned-items-to-import-to-Pakistan.pdf
http://download1.fbr.gov.pk/Docs/201011815113751218Brochure-014.pdf
https://www.tdap.gov.pk/pdf/IPO-2015-18.pdf

Duty & Taxes

Import duty and taxes are calculated based on the sum of the Customs Value, Insurance Amount, and Freight costs (shipping costs). This is known as CIF. In Pakistan, an additional 17% VAT is added to the CIF.
CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

Tax is payable on all shipments. Be aware, certain goods attract other taxes which will be payable before the package can be delivered. Pakistan provides detailed guidance on how to value imports for customs duty here and here .


Thresholds

Pakistan DOES NOT employ a duty and tax threshold (i.e. de minimis), which means all imports incur fees, except for those that have a duty value of 0% (see list below).

Currency Pakistani Rupee (PKR)
TAX (VAT / GST) 17%
Duty Exemption
(De minimis Value)
0 PKR
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
0 PKR
Threshold Method CIF
Tax & Duty Calc Method CIF

Duties on Imports
  • Fashion20%
  • Dry Food and Supplements20%
  • Home and Garden Supplies20%
  • Books3%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles11%
  • Computers & Laptops2%
  • Tablets10%
  • Mobiles10%
  • Cameras10%
  • Accessories for Electronics3%
  • Pet Accessories20%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics20%
  • Jewellery3%
  • Luggage25%
  • Home Appliances20%
  • Toys20%
  • Sports equipment10%
  • Watches5%
  • Audio Video20%

NOTE: The numbers above are based on the item's Country of Origin (the manufacturer) being a part of the Most-Favored Nation (MFN). If the Country of Origin is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), then it is part of the MFN and the duty rates above apply.

Sources:
https://www.export.gov/article?id=Pakistan-Import-Tariffs
https://www.avalara.com/vatlive/en/vat-rates/international-vat-and-gst-rates.html
http://www.sbp.org.pk/fe_returns/Custom-tariff-09-10.pdf
http://download1.fbr.gov.pk/Docs/2018817158749999PakistanCustomTariff2018-19-CH1-99.pdf
https://import-export.societegenerale.fr/en/country/pakistan/regulations-customs

Pakistan Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Additional Resources

Questions about Shipping to Pakistan



Can I ship to Pakistan?

Shipping to Pakistan from Canada can take between 3-8 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 2 months to complete the delivery.

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