PM Dahal directs FinMin not to impose excise duty on mobile phone

File – Newly appointed Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, other newly appointed ministers, and government officials attend the meeting of the Ministers of Council in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, on Monday, December 26, 2022. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has directed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Paudel not to implement the decision to impose excise duty on smartphones brought by Nepali migrant workers.

According to Prime Minister’s Press Coordinator Surya Kiran Sharma, PM Dahal instructed for keeping with the previous provision in regard to the mobile phone sets brought from aboard for personal use.

Nepali migrant workers have criticised the government’s decision to charge a tax of up to 18% on mobile phone sets brought from abroad.

Earlier, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) had decided to implement Mobile Device Management System (MDMS) from December 30, 2022, to discourage the grey market of smartphones. A person was limited to carrying two smartphones and charged excise duty of up to 18% while the customs officials could also seize extra smartphones in case of possessing more than two.

The NTA had called for updating the imported mobile phone sets brought into the country for personal use, which were not registered in the MDMS system or those sets not in use in Nepal prior to September 16, in the system following the declaration of the customs.


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