LAHORE: Collectorate of Customs Preventive established three Customs Mobile Registration Counters at Allama Iqbal International Airport. Customs Mobile Registration Counters will run round the clock at Arrival Lounge of Allama Iqbal International Airport, 0900-1700 hours at Air Freight Unit (AFU) and 0900 to 1700 hours at Customs House Nabha Road Lahore.
According to the customs sources three more registration counters are being established at Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore which will be operational in couple of days.
Earlier Collectorate of Customs established ‘Mobile Registration Center’ at Allama Iqbal International Airport under Devices, Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) which was launched by the Government of Pakistan for the regularization of unregistered mobile phones in Pakistan. 31st December is the last date for registration of mobile phones.
Collector of Customs Nasir Jamil Khan issued a notification in which it is stated that ‘Mobile Registration Center’ is established for the transparent and smooth clearance of un-registered mobile phones devices brought into Pakistan illegally through an informal channel.
As per procedure of registration of un-registered mobile devices, the holder of mobile phone voluntarily approaches the ‘Mobile Registration Center’ at Air Freight Unit and files declaration along with copy of IMEI details of such devices in Microsoft excel format.
Customs staff posted at ‘Mobile Registration Center’ after detaining a mobile phone and cross checking the particulars like type, brand, model and IMEI of the presented mobile device shall affix their signature and official seal on the declaration. A copy of declaration form is retained by the customs staff and original copy handed over to the owner of the mobile phone.
The detained mobile phones shall be deposited at the designated place at Air Freight Unit, Allama Iqbal International Airport and the Additional Collector Customs AFU shall depute staff for the custody of mobile phones.
The application shall approach PTA authorities for issuance of the certificate of compliance along relevant document, mentioned in the notification.
The holder of mobile shall approach ‘Mobile Registration Center’ for the release of mobile phone when CoC is issued. The Customs appraising officer specially deputed for the mobile registration purpose shall assess duties and taxes after adjudication proceedings.
The applicant shall deposit duties and taxes in the designated branch of National Bank of Pakistan and mobile phone shall be released to the holder. In case of non-issuance of CoC by the PTA, the confiscation shall be taken under the law as detained mobile phone.