Here’s the Complete List of Imported Items that Pakistan has Banned

The government has prohibited the import of non-essential and luxury items in order to stabilize the country’s rapidly dwindling foreign exchange reserves and rising import bills, as part of measures that a minister hold1 would save $6 billion.

Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, made the announcement at a news conference in Islamabad on Thursday.

Automobiles and cell phones are two notable products whose importation has been prohibited. The complete list of items is as follows:

  • Mobile Phones
  • Home Appliances
  • Fruits and Dry Fruits (except Afghanistan)
  • Crockery
  • Private Weapons & Ammunition
  • Shoes
  • Chandeliers & Lighting (except Energy Savers)
  • Headphones & Loudspeakers
  • Sauces, Ketchup, etc.
  • Doors and Window Frames
  • Traveling Bags and Suitcases
  • Sanitary ware
  • Fish & Frozen Fish
  • Carpets (except Afghanistan)
  • Preserved Fruits
  • Tissue Paper
  • Furniture
  • Shampoos
  • Automobiles
  • Confectionary
  • Luxury mattresses & sleeping bags
  • Jams & Jelly
  • Cornflakes
  • Bathroom ware / Toiletries
  • Heaters / Blowers
  • Sunglasses
  • Kitchenware
  • Aerated water
  • Frozen Meat
  • Juices
  • Pasta etc.
  • Ice cream
  • Cigarettes
  • Shaving Goods
  • Luxury Leather Apparel
  • Musical Instruments
  • Saloon items like hairdryers etc.
  • Chocolates

According to the minister, the government’s actions will also help reduce the country’s growing current account deficit. She went on to say that the main goal of these measures is to reduce the country’s reliance on imports and to implement an export-oriented policy to promote domestic industry.

The minister stated that the government is working on a plan to promote local manufacturers in order to create job opportunities.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that the decision to ban the import of luxury items will save the country valuable foreign exchange. The premier went on to say that financially stronger people must lead this effort so that the less fortunate among us do not have to bear the burden imposed by the previous government.

PTI’s reaction to import ban

Hammad Azhar, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), questioned the decision to ban imports of certain items, claiming that the items constituted a small percentage of the country’s total import bill.

“The non-oil current account shortfall is slightly less than $1 billion.” “These ban measures will be insignificant,” the minister said in a tweet.

It is important to note that Pakistan’s import bill has risen to $65.5 billion in the first ten months of the current fiscal year, up from $44.73 billion in the same period last year.

The State Bank of Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves has also fallen to a 23-month low.

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