Smartphone Surge: Mobile Phone Imports in Pakistan Skyrocket 138% YoY

Smartphone Surge: Mobile Phone Imports in Pakistan Skyrocket 138% YoY

The Pakistani mobile phone market is experiencing a boom, with imports surging a staggering 138% year-over-year (YoY). This remarkable growth, revealed by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) and reported by Samaki, highlights the country’s burgeoning appetite for connected devices.

Breaking Down the Numbers:

  • Massive Increase: Between July 2023 and January 2024, mobile phone imports reached a whopping 281.83 billion Pakistani rupees, marking a 138% increase compared to the same period last year.
  • Foreign Exchange: To fuel this demand, Pakistan spent a significant 987.5 million US dollars on mobile phones, compared to just 414.8 million US dollars in the same period the previous year.
  • January Bump: The pace of imports accelerated in January 2024 alone, with phones worth 54.64 billion rupees entering the country. This represents a 275% increase compared to January 2023.

Market Dynamics:

  • Growing Demand: The surge in imports reflects the rising demand for mobile phones in Pakistan. With increasing affordability and a growing tech-savvy population, smartphones are becoming increasingly important tools for communication, entertainment, and information access.
  • Shifting Preferences: The data also suggests a shift towards higher-end phones. While the volume of imported phones increased by 16.61%, the overall import value grew at a much faster rate, indicating a potential preference for more expensive models.

Beyond Mobile:

  • Machinery Imports Rise: Although not as dramatic as the mobile phone sector, machinery imports also witnessed a steady increase of 16.61% during the same period, reaching 4.35 billion US dollars. This growth was primarily driven by rising demand for agricultural, office, electrical, and telecom machinery.
  • Mixed Performance: However, imports of power generation, textile, and construction machinery declined, suggesting specific sectoral variations within the broader machinery market.

Looking Ahead:

The booming mobile phone market presents both opportunities and challenges for Pakistan. While it signals economic growth and technological advancement, concerns over potential trade imbalances and the need for domestic manufacturing cannot be ignored. Understanding the driving forces behind this surge and formulating strategic policies will be crucial for harnessing the full potential of this dynamic sector.


  • Samaki
  • Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS)
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