As you might have read recently during Dec-13 PTA has imposed some sort of ban on the import of mobile sets without IMEI. Now the same news is also mentioned in some places with a slightly different version that all mobile set imports have to be cleared and verified by PTA and imported has to get a type approval and IMEI number submission and approval from PTA before import.
In either of the scenarios, what do you think would happen to individual online buyer like myself and a lot others in this community who are using or planning to using online shops like www.dx.com or www.aliexpress.com or a lot of other good discount sites to order their favourite chinese android mobile.
Since the chinese mobiles purchased online DO have a valid IMEI (at least the leading brands like Meizu, Xiaomi, Jiayu, Oppo, Hike), it can still be an odd reason which can be used by customs officials, that this IMEI is not approved or listed for used by PTA. I know some local shops in Lahore and Karachi have also started offering leading chinese andorid brands, but they dont necessarily carry all the models, plus the price benefit you get from online ordering is somewhat compromised.
I have done it earlier on Aliexpress and did successfully receive my mobile via regular pakistan post EMS service. Although i had to give some nominal amount of customs duty on it. Later i soid it onwards.
But I guess it would not be possible now, since customs or post office officials do now have an official/legal reasons to withhold any such online ordered mobile, and maybe keep it for their personal use, not necessarily for submission for PTA approval. It is also quite common in EMS / USPS (non-registered) international parcel to have no trace on pakistan post website (which already provides no useful informaiton).
So asking this question to learn from collective experience if anyone has recently ordered a moblie online and how successful was the delivery plus get useful information about any other caveats in the process.
Thanks for reading and replying.