Export Pakistan

We have successfully dealt with export of the following items from Pakistan and the list is growing all the time:

  • Textile Yarn & Fabrics
  • Articles of Apparel and Cloth Accessories
  • Footwear
  • Leather and Leather Products
  • Guwar Meal, Guar Gum and Guwar Protein Extracts
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Fruit
  • Arts Resins and Plastic Material
  • Chemical Material
  • Refractory Cements
  • Mortars
  • Electric Machinery and Appliances
  • Refractory Blocks and Tiles
  • Viscose Fiber (Rayon Fiber)
  • Sports Goods

Clearance Process for Export of Goods from Pakistan
When shipping from Pakistan, clearance through Customs depends on whether you're shipping:

  • Documents with no commercial value
  • Dutiable goods (goods with a commercial value)

Prohibitions on Export:

Certain items are forbidden and controlled for export from Pakistan by Customs. These items are in addition to items prohibited by the IATA. Senders are responsible for making sure that the destination country will accept the goods they are shipping.

Items that are Forbidden for Export from Pakistan:

  • Dangerous goods as defined by IATA
  • Live animals
  • Human body parts
  • Explosives
  • Money
  • Liquor
  • Passports
  • Antiques
  • Gold
  • Counterfeit products
  • Used goods

  Pakistan Export Regulations:

Take note of the following regulations when exporting from Pakistan :

  • For size and weight maximums, an exporter must check with the destination country's limits
  • Dimensional weight or actual weight, whichever is greater, determines the shipment tariff
  • Foreign exchange rules and procedures apply to exports as determined by the State Bank of Pakistan

Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) Pakistan:

The Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA), Pakistan was established in 1980 with the mandate to plan, develop and operate Export Processing Zones in Pakistan .

The objectives of the establishment of Export Processing Zones in Pakistan are primarily to boost industrialization and augment the country's exports by creating facilities for investors to enable them to setup export-oriented units which would, as a consequence, create job opportunities, bring in new technology and know-how, and attract foreign investment.

Incentives for Investors to Set Up a Unit in EPZS of Pakistan:

  1. 100% ownership rights
  2. 100% repatriation of capital & profits
  3. No minimum or maximum limit for investment
  4. Duty free imports of machinery, equipment & material
  5. No sales tax on input goods including electricity & gas bills
  6. Obsolete/old machinery can be sold in domestic market of Pakistan after payment of applicable duties & taxes
  7. No excise duty, no Custom duty on cement, steel & any other material used in construction of buildings
  8. Freedom from National import restrictions
  9. Foreign Exchange control regulations of Pakistan are not applicable
  10. Defective goods/waste can be sold in domestic market after payment of applicable duties, maximum up to 3% of the total value of export
  11. Duty free vehicles allowed under certain conditions. After 5 years of use, vehicles can be disposed off in domestic market on payment of duty
  12. Domestic market of Pakistan available on same conditions as for imports from other countries
  13. Units operating in EPZ's can undertake sub-contracting for units of tariff area subject to payment of duty and taxes on value addition only
  14. Only EPZA is authorized to collect Presumptive Tax at the time of export of goods which would be final tax liability
  15. EPZ units allowed to supply goods to Custom manufacturing bonds
  16. Production oriented labour laws to be solely regulated by the Authority
  17. EPZ manufacturers be treated at par with bonded manufacturers in tariff area for any future incentives to be announced for exporters
  18. Relief from double taxation subject to bilateral agreement

  Eligibility for Investment:

All investment in the Zone is made in convertible foreign currency. A foreign investor and a non-resident Pakistani can invest up to 100% of the equity. A joint venture between a foreigner or foreign company and a non-resident or resident Pakistani is possible in any proportion. However, the State Bank of Pakistan would cover not more than 40% of equity of a resident Pakistani for providing foreign exchange.

Relevant Export Related Legislation of Pakistan:

Export Policy Order, 2006