During this week, importers will be allowed to import goods,
whose Value for Duty Purpose (VDP) does not exceed USD3, 000, free of any import
duty, import excise and import Value Added Tax (VAT).
VDP includes the cost of the goods, freight charges,
insurance and port charges. These should add up to USD3, 000 or less. Further,
importers will still be required to pay K15, 000 processing fee and the charges
of engaging a clearing agent.
Qualifying criteria include the following;
1. Only goods
imported and entered for clearance during the week shall qualify for the
privilege while those goods imported into the country before and after the
week will not enjoy the privilege.
2. An importer
shall qualify for the privilege only once during the Duty-Free Week. No importer
will be allowed to do multiple clearance of goods duty free.
importers must have a valid Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Only
individuals with TIN will be eligible to clear goods duty free. All
importers without TINs are encouraged to register for TIN before
importation through the Msonkho Online on the MRA website www.mra.mw. TIN registration is free. A step
by step process of how to register for tax and obtain a TIN can be
downloaded on the website or contact MRA Call Centre on 672 for free to
assist you register for tax and get your TIN.
4. Eligible importers
shall be required to submit their National Identification Card for
verification of their TIN by a Customs Officer and a copy of the same
should be uploaded to the Customs declaration in Asycuda.
importers shall be required to produce invoices showing the value of the
goods imported and duly stamped by the exporting or transit country. NO
INVOICES, NO DUTY FREE CLEARANCE. Eligible importers are required to show
their travel documents such as passport or border pass.
importers shall be required to submit valid permits and licenses for all
restricted goods with such requirements under the law. These goods include
the following: cooking oil, maize flour, cane sugar, bottled water,
cement, table eggs and fresh milk.
importers shall not be required to obtain prior approval to enjoy the
businesses shall not be allowed to import goods duty free during the week
9. Goods in
temporary stores or bonded warehouses will NOT be allowed to enjoy duty
goods shall be declared on Customs Declaration Form 12 using Customs
Procedure Code 495 and the declaration shall be lodged by a Customs Clearing
Agent at a fee
The Authority is further informing the business community
and the public that failure to satisfy any of the above criteria shall lead to
disqualification from benefiting under the duty free week.
For further details, you may contact
Chimwemwe Kawalewale on 0888345735, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Patrick Chisasa on
0882 009 920 email: email@example.com or Mc
Hizzal Kawanga on 0888958220, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John S. Biziwick