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Import/Export

United States to Pakistan

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Pakistan. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

For shipments of medicine, the consignee must obtain a certificate from the Director General of Health Department.
Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts must be sent as non-doc shipments. The invoice must show the manufacturing cost of the ticket.
Samples of cereals, seeds and rice are checked by government departments before clearance. Tins of food must show an expiration date which is valid for at least half of its shelf life.
For shipments of medicine, the consignee must obtain a certificate from the Director General of Health Department.
Origin country or territory should ensure that terminal equipment such as Mobile Handsets and Tablets are not allowed to be imported without Pakistan Telecommunication Authority type approval Certificate. Necessary arrangements shall be made by Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan in this regard.

Used mobile phones are prohibited as per Pakistan customs policy and cannot be released from customs.

Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Pakistan.

Cows, goats, sheep, and pigs are considered domesticated animals. All other animals are considered non-domesticated animals. Items or products made from non-domesticated animals are restricted in the UPS system and only allowed with a UPS ISC contract. CITES permit and additional restrictions may apply, please check with your local ISC Coordinator.

Imports of Ham and Pork are prohibited.

Used electrical items are prohibited.
Used electronic items are prohibited.
Blank invoices are prohibited.
Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country or territory.

Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.

Import and export of all passports, regardless of nationality, are prohibited.
Perishable goods that require temperature control cannot be handled at Karachi airport. This also includes shipments shipped under ISC contract, which should not be accepted.
Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store or UPS Customer Center to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. or UPS Customer Center will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

  • An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation)
  • A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only
  • A photocopy of passport or ID card

Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Generally, precious metals are prohibited. However, the consignee may obtain government permission prior to import.
Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
From November 2014, Pakistan Customs restricted the import of Telecommunication equipment without type approval by PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority). Users, Importers and Manufacturers can obtain the guidelines from the given below link. Local manufacturers, importers and users are provided certificates while maintaining full details and information about equipment and accessories supplies, its purpose of use and place of installation.

http://gadgetgizmodo.blogspot.com/2011/03/pta-issues-list-of-telecom-equipment.html

Shipments with such content will be detained in Customs so the importer should provide approval for clearance but if not, then the shipment will be seized by Customs. The Importer would be considered as a violator if not following the procedure as per standards and liable for legal action.

Please note used cell phones are not allowed to be imported into Pakistan.


NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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