Ok so I have done extensive research on this topic via wiredpakistan's old website, and have gotten immense info, but still have some questions...
Basically, I am shipping a laptop to Pakistan as a gift, via USPS EMS, insured.
And I also know laptops have 0 % duty but fedex/dhl usually charge some mysterious 20% tax, therefore i chose to ship via USPS EMS.
Now, my question is, I have thoroughly searched FBR website and read every document (yes even the 100 page ones lol) and finally found an exemption list of taxes on which computer and their parts, *ARE* exempt from tax. BUT, I also know !@#$., my beloved country is corrupt. So of course my fear is customs will put some sort of levy/tax on it. I have even printed out the 0% duty list AS WELL AS the Tax exemption list and placed it in the box. In addition, I think only FEDEX/DHL/UPS packages are the ones who charge this mysterious 20% GST/VAT not USPS/Pak Post? Is this correct?
And also EMS is time sensitive (has to get there within 3-5 days) so it goes through customs quickly, no? I know they usualy hold Priority mail, but EMS is quickly cleared and delivered to door, correct?
I'm super scared and nervous as you can tell, so anybody out there with any advice, on USPS EMS/Laptop shipping/Tax charges by Pak Post and/or Customs for a Laptop please do help!
This laptop is for my preg. sister, it has a webcam and all so i can see the baby when inshAllah she, my niece is born. Just don't want tax to be overwhelming, in fact don't even want to pay tax when it is exempt from both tax and duty.
Once again, FBR Customs duty list on page 75 I believe states laptops are 0% duty. And the GST Bill 2010, and Sales Tax handbook, on page 13-14 I believe (Number 47) Clearly states "Unsolicted gifts sent via POST having zero customs duty are exempt from sales tax"
So just wondering if anyone has sent a gift laptop via USPS EMS and had to pay duty? (If FBR states there is no duty AND no tax)?