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Motorbikes seized for non-payment of duty

Motorbikes seized for non-payment of duty

A recent operation by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) in Lilongwe has led to a seizure of 43 motorcycles.

The average value for each motorcycle is K150,000, attracting an estimated duty of K60,000. The estimated duty to be recovered from the seized motorcycles is around K2.5 million.

MRA Head of Corporate Affairs Steven Kapoloma said Flexible Anti-Smuggling Teams (FAST) seized the motorcycles within the city of Lilongwe because of non-payment of customs duties. 

“We have noted that there is an influx of motorcycles which have not been cleared through customs.  This is the reason that we had to move and seize the motorcycles while sensitising the general public that duty must be paid for every motorcycle that enters into Malawi,” he said.

Kapoloma stressed that motorcycle owners in the country should know that using the motorcycles without paying duty is against the laws of Malawi. 

“This practice is unlawful and attracts several corrective measures from seizures of the motorcycles to hefty fines and penalties charged on owners,” he warned.

The Authority is advising all motorcycle owners to check their status with MRA and FAST offices in their areas and pay the required duty amounts to avoid inconveniences.

By Henry Mchazime

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