Here Is How You Can Calculate The Cost Of Importing A Car In Pakistan Yourself

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In my previous articles in ‘import car buying guide,’ I explained a step by step guide to import a car followed by merits and demerits of importing a car yourself. A large number of readers requested for an estimated cost structure for importing a car to Pakistan. So here’s a close-to-accurate cost structure to import a car to Pakistan and get it delivered to your doorstep after getting it cleared from all the required legalities.

RELATED: Merits And Demerits Of Importing A Car Yourself In Pakistan

First, you need to understand the C&F (cost and freight) if you are buying a car through an online auction. Here’s the C&F for single unit buyers according to the winning auction price of the car.

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Let’s assume that the winning auction price of a 2012 model 660cc car was 650,000 JPY. So according to the table above, the C&F, in this case, would be 110,000 JPY. After clearing this bill, your car is delivered to Karachi Port where the custom duty calculations start. So here are the custom duties calculations according to the import duty structure for the fiscal year 2015-16:

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Let’s have a look at the custom duties for hybrid vehicles as well:

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Please note that the customs duties mentioned here are subject to change due to variation in exchange rates. Furthermore, import duties do not include ‘Other Expenses’ like Challans, THC/DO/Shipping, Wharfage, Excise, documentation, port rent and illegal add-ons like bribery. Other expenses are usually calculated around 50,000-60,000 PKR.

For a single unit 2012 model 660cc vehicle, the customs agent would usually charge around Rs. 12,000 – 18,000 fee.

So let’s calculate an estimated cost price for importing a 660cc car yourself. (Assuming 1 JPY= 1 PKR).

650,000 (Assumed Winning Auction Price)+
110,000 (C&F)+
341,403 (Import Duty for 2012 model 660cc)+
50,000 (Other expenses like Challan, THC/DO/Shipping, Wharfage, excise, documentation)+
15,000 (Approx. custom agent fee)+
10,000 (Approx. Passport fee)+
15,000 (Optional Transportation charges if you want to transport your car from Karachi to some other city)

All of the number equal to PKR 1,191,403/-

Note: The above calculations do not include port rent charges. As mentioned in my previous articles, port rent charges are applicable when the car has not been cleared out within the given time (Generally 15 days). Moreover, the above-calculated cost does not include illegal expenses like bribery.

So it is clear from the above calculations that importing a single unit yourself won’t save you any money. The only benefit you might get would be that you will have no doubts about the condition of your car. For bulk unit buyers, the C&F, customs agent fee and other expenses are negligible when compared to that of single unit buyers.

In my next article, I will discuss few of the ways to import a cheaper car so that you can save some good amount of money.

Shaf Younus

I'm an Auto Enthusiast, a Computer Science Graduate and above all, Citizen of Pakistan.

  • Guest

    One basic clarification.

    Writer has again and again used the word bribery.

    The word “bribery” means money paid under the table to to get a wrong/illegal thing done.

    Usually the government officers in countries with colonial past will create more and more difficulties for the client. In order to avoid to avoid these difficulties, the client will pay some money. This money is called “palm-greasing”. This money is a sort of ransom paid just to avoid undue mental torture and needless complications. The term needless complications has been used because these complications can be avoided by the person sitting at the counter if he or she wants to really serve the citizens. But generally they are hand in hand with agent mafia, or simply want more and more money, so they will create unnecessary red tape for unnecessary delay tactics. Then, to get their things going, the client would pay some money. This money is not for a wrong or illegal purpose, therefore it cannot be termed as bribery in any sense.

    If the payer gets caught, he or she can claim in the court that he or she did not pay the money to import something illegal (such as over-age car). But he/she only paid the money to get things done which were being made impossible. The court can themselves verify the case.

    Most of the Pakistanis are have a high moral standard and would avoid bribery. Bribery is a sin, because somebody is already committing a crime, and they need an accomplice. The only responsibility of this accomplice in the crime is “look away while it is being done”.

    On the other hand, palm-greasing is a social menace found in nearly every country with colonial past. Whether palm-greasing is halal or makrooh, there are various opinions on it. However, some countries have declared palm-greasing as illegal too. However, in these countries too, palm-greasing is considered a lesser crime than bribery.

    In advanced countries too, bribery exists. But palm-greasing doesn’t. If you are asking nothing wrong (even something like jumping the line is also wrong), your work will be done smoothly. But in developing countries, the biggest menace is the “service charges”. Even if your case is right, delay tactics will be used to make you cough up money or to use the existing agent network. (Usually if your case is wrong, the government officers are already hand-in-hand with you because you have already fixed everything up, already through bribery.)

  • shekh aftab

    ineed prado2011tx limited what is the cost of customin karachi port

  • Amer

    Nice way to justify corruption my friend…
    palm-greasing = bribery = corruption

  • Shaf you haven’t given any contact details of any reputed car import companies. That will be nice though.

  • usman

    its one and the same thing.. just said it all in mannerful way
    i agree to amer

  • Zain

    call if u wanna import 0333-2169930

  • shafiq

    Hi, I have Dodge caliber 2.0 in Oman. I want Import Pakistan. how it will be? how much will cost me to total chargers and is it easy to change the driving side? Please guide. thank you
    Shafiq

  • Suleman_hussain1

    What would be Custom Charges for importing a damaged car? Like if I want to import Accidented Prius 2012. Can somebody help me with this?

  • raheem

    Is there any chance for import car from U.S.A model 2007 ?

  • Habib

    Hi everyone I am interested in importing car direct from Japan don’t want any Pakistani agent between the deals but can’t find any site if any one knows kindly let me know by email:-habibarshad66@gmail.com or you can whatapp me the link on this no 03002434547

  • shehreyar

    Wait till 2017 gwader port will be duty free

  • SHEHRAYAR Khan

    If I will import 2007 model how much it will cost its c&p and custom duty

  • Mian Imtiaz Azeem

    I intend to import one or two cars model 05…06 from kuwait where my relatives reside….What will be the procedure and custom duty ?

  • Arsalan

    Send me your email address please i will let you know the prices

  • Arsalan

    Send me your email address

  • Faisal Shahzad

    i have Honda civic 2016 model but non custom paid.. any one can provide me services for custom clearance

  • Imtiaz

    It seems u are serving in some corrupt department and have found justifications for bribery by calling it palm greasing. It’s a very stupid clarification. It’s simply a robbery and bribery which is called RISHWAT and it cannot be HILAL on any account. U can cheat humans but u cannot teach ALLAH Almighty on the day of judgement by these clumsy arguments.

  • Shahzaib Sultan

    I would like to know as well, please.

  • Rehman Mir

    You can only import 3 years old car or 5 years old SUV 4×4, i doubt it if you can import 2006 or 2007 as you mentioned above.

  • Rehman Mir

    Hello, Habib i deals in cars, if you want to import cars from UK let me know i am happy to help you.

  • Rehman Mir

    If you’re looking to import a car, SUV, 4×4 from Uk please text me on 00447429518068.
    Mercedes: C class, E class, CLS, CLA, S class, GLC, GLE,
    BMW: 3 series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X3, X4, X5, X6.
    Audi : A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q5,Q7.
    Porsche: Panamera, Macan, Cayenne
    Land Rover: Range rover Vouge, Range rover sports, Range Rover Evoque, Range rover Velar.
    Jaguar: XF, XJ, XK, F-Pace.
    Benteley, Continental, Flying Spur, Mulsanne, Bentayga
    Toyota: Hilux, Prius, Avensis, Yaris, Auris.

  • Haroon
  • usama

    what about cars having more then 1800cc? can anyone help???

  • Faizan Iqbal

    hello Rehman, i want to import a car from uk BMW 3 series, which is already purchased there and it’s 2008 model.

  • Rehman Mir

    Hi Faizan I have mentioned in some of my posts that you can not import car more than 3 years old so that 3 series has to be at least manufactured in 2014.

  • Rehman Mir

    No you can not, you can not import a car older than 3 years. In 2017 you can import a car which were manufactured in 2014 at least.

  • Rehman Mir

    Duty will be extremely high, please note hybrid cars are cheaper to import whereas non-hybrid cars are costing too much as import duty is sky high!

  • Rehman Mir

    You can not import a car older than 3 years…

  • ASAD

    hello, i have to export my own card HONDA CR-V 2012.

  • Adom En Altas

    What About Chevrolet Tahoe?

  • Usman Chaudhray

    Hello,
    plz tell me custom duty if i want to import vitz car model 2014??…Plz send me the complete information about it…

  • Usman

    Can you plz provide me your phone number??Rehman Mir??

  • Rehman Mir

    00447429518068

  • Waseem

    Hi Bro
    I want to export damaged cars Australia to pakistan what would be the procedure
    Thanks
    Regards
    Waseem

  • Navid Nasir

    HI
    i want to import car from japan to pakistan 1350cc(TOYOTA AXIO) with out import duty plz tell me what price of this car (import duty free )
    navidnasir32@gmail,com

  • shafqat

    i m a disable,permitted by the Govt. to import a duty free car.what will be the price of vitz 1300 cc or 13500 toyota axio

  • Parvez Iftikhar

    @Shaf great article! But I do not find any information in your article about customs duties on cars above 1800 cc (eg BMW X3/X5, or Prado 2700, etc). Could you expand the table please? Also what other charges are applicable. I am told that some Regulatory Duty is also applied? Thanks. Parvez.

  • Another question please: What will be the duty on a 2.0L Hybrid SUV?

  • محمد بن آصف

    If i want to import 1997 dodge challenger what it cost

  • Faseh

    Can you import a 2011 suv

  • Maher Ahmad Prince

    ahmadp143@gmail.com
    brother contect me i import cars from u.k damaged cars i need agent who buy thease cars

  • umer sohail

    i want to import mitsubishi pejaro 3000cc 1998 model from kuwait. can you tell me charges plz..!

  • Raheel

    Hello can you please explain if you have included Income Tax, sales tax, additional sales tax in your duty figures above, also there is a thing called PCT (Pakistan customs Tariff) which assigned the specific code to each item imported in Pakistan, In this case what is the PCT code for importing used vehicles in Pakistan? Furthermore, what is the basic and additional duty percentages. Another important thing is that if you make an advance payment to foreign supplier you can only use INCO TERMs FOB, C&F or CFR you cannot use CIF (Cost insurance & Freight) if you are making an advance payment, that means you will have to get a Marine Cover Notes from Insurance companies in Pakistan as well. …..I think you need to cover these costs as well in your article. I have been supervising imports of my company for the last two years and I deal with shipment delays and clearance issues on a daily basis. MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL IS THAT you need to have your own NTN and Sales Tax Registration number to file the EIF(electronic import form) without this no bank will process your payment to foreign supplier, nor the customs would let the shipment pass through.

  • Ali Naveed

    how much would the approx. duty be on a 2012 ranger rover sport 5.0litre v8?

  • Ali Naveed

    rehman, how much would the approx. duty be on a 2012 ranger rover sport 5.0litre v8? i was thinking to import from uk.

  • Danish Rehman

    We are thinking about to import Tesla’s car so is there any difference in taxes for electric cars?

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