Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original passport
  • Original computerized national identity card (CNIC) (Pakistani nationals)
  • Copy of visa
  • Original or express bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Inventory list in English
  • Packing list with purchase invoices
  • Certificate of employment
  • Transfer of residence certificate
  • Exemption certificate (diplomats)
  • Copy of diplomatic ID card (diplomats)

Specific Information

  • Pakistani citizens are eligible for a transfer of residence facility in case 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 in case they are arriving in Pakistan for a stay of 2 or more years which is usually given in their employment letters.
  • Pakistani citizens must pay full customs duties and taxes on electrical items.
  • Owners of the goods can import shipments duty free for the first 6 months by completing a CBR booklet (non – citizens).
  • 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 organization 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
  • Original or express release bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original technical passport / 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 3 years.
  • Diplomats can import vehicles older than 2 years.


Documents Required

  • Original passport of owner of the goods
  • 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.
  • Clearance in 1 – 2 days depending on the availability of all documents.

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)
    • Electronic items of any kind are dutiable even under the transfer of residence

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Pornography
  • Narcotics
  • Toxic and radioactive materials
  • Any literature, CD, DVD material against Islam or Pakistan
  • Any art, painting, or object which is obscene and shows nudity
  • Hides / ivory of animals
  • Any goods of Israeli origin

Foreign Exchange Remittance Card

Overseas Pakistanis remitting foreign currency equivalent to US$2500 to US$ 50,000 per annum are entitled to the following incentives;

  • Five categories of remittance cards as per amount remitted.
  • Free Issuance and Renewal of passport on urgent basis.
  • Separate Counters for special handling at arrival and departure lounges at all International Airports in Pakistan.
  • Duty credit can also be utilized for seven items with fixed duty i.e., television, deep freezer, refrigerator, microwave oven, cooking range, washing machine and air conditioner.
  • Duty Credit in Pak. Rupees as per category of remittance card.
 Type of FERC Amount Remitted Through Normal Banking Channel
(in US $ or equivalent foreign currency)
Duty Credit In Rs.
Silver Card Silver 2500 or more 10,000
Silver Plus Card Silver Plus 5000 or more 20,000
Gold Card Gold 10,000 or more 30,000
Gold Plus CardGold Plus 25,000 or more 50,000
 Platinum Platinum 50,000or more 100,000

Consignment Instructions

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

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