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FBR Slaps 25% Sales Tax on Imported Luxury Items

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has imposed a 25 percent sales tax on the import and local supply of a variety of luxury goods, including aerated water/juices, confectionery items, crockery/footwear, furniture, home appliances, jewellery, cosmetics, cigarettes, and vehicles in Completely Built Up (CBU) condition as well as locally produced/assembled vehicles with engine capacities of 1400cc and above.

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A 25 percent sales tax on luxury products has been imposed by the FBR as of March 8, 2023, per the S.R.O. 297(I)/2023 released on Wednesday.

The FBR has levied a 25% sales tax on local and imported supplies of:

  • Aerated water and juices
  • Confectionary
  • Vehicles in CBU conditions
  • Sanitary and bathroom wares
  • Carpets (excluding those from Afghanistan)
  • Chandeliers and lighting devices or equipment
  • Chocolates
  • Cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes
  • Corn flakes and other ready-to-use cereals
  • Cosmetics and shaving items
  • Tissue papers
  • Crockery
  • Kitchenware and tableware and household articles
  • Decorations or ornamental articles
  • Dog and cat food only
  • Doors and window frames
  • Fish
  • Footwear
  • Fruits and dry fruits (excluding those imported through land routes or barter mechanisms)
  • Furniture
  • Home appliances CBU
  • Ice cream
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Preserved fruits and fruit and vegetable juices
  • Leather jackets and apparel
  • Mattress and sleeping bags
  • Fresh, chilled, frozen, preserved, or processed meat
  • Musical instruments
  • Pasta
  • Arms and ammunition excluding defense stores
  • Shampoos
  • Sunglasses
  • Tomato ketchup and sauces
  • A ship designed or adapted for use for recreation or pleasure or private use
  • An aircraft designed or adapted for use for recreation or pleasure or private use
  • Articles of jewelry (both precious metals and imitation)
  • Wristwatches

The following items’ local supply would be subject to a 25% sales tax:

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SUVs and CUVs that are produced or built locally;

  • Cars made or assembled locally with an engine capacity of at least 1400cc
  • Cars with a twin cabin and four wheels, produced or assembled locally.

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