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Locally Assembled Mobile Phones reach record high, 24.66 Million in 2021

In calendar year 2021, local manufacturing plants produced 24.66 million mobile devices, up from 13.05 million in calendar year 2020, marking an 88 percent increase in Pakistan. This hike is seen after PTA introduced the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System to stop illegal imports. Higher taxes are imposed on imported phones.

Alert! Check new prices before deciding to buy a phone as taxes are yet again increased

Commercial smartphone imports in Pakistan fell to 10.26 million in 2021, down from 24.51 million in 2020, according to official data from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The number of cellphones manufactured/assembled locally increased by 2.54 million in December 2021, bringing the total production for the calendar year to 24.66 million.

Alert! Check new prices before deciding to buy a phone as taxes are yet again increased

According to data from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the local manufacturing trend reflects a positive response to the PTA’s Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Authorization regulatory regime, with local manufacturing resulting in the production of 24.66 million phones in a year, including 10.06 million 4G smartphones (PTA).

Pakistan to export mobile phones to Afghanistan, Central Asian Republics and Africa

Consumers have mixed responses to the new policy as really high taxes are imposed on imported phones. e.g. iphone 13 pro max tax is almost Rs 80000. For the amount of tax a local manufactured phone can me purchased but obviously the quality will be not as good as the bigger names.

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