MRA brings in Kalondola

MRA brings in Kalondola

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has officially launched Kalondola, an Excise Tax Stamp regime aimed at tracking and tracing tax on excisable products with the tagline ‘Stamp It. Stand Out’.

Addressing the media in Blantyre on Friday 10th May 2024, MRA Deputy Commissioner General, Henry Ngutwa, emphasized that Kalondola should not be mistaken as a new tax.

“Excise Tax already exists and tax stamps have been there on cigarettes since around 2006. The new regulations for tax stamps gazetted in January this year have  extended products to include alcoholic beverages such as beers, wines, spirits, whisky, opaque beer and non-alcoholic beverages like bottled water. Other products include carbonated soft drinks, drinks made from cereals, energy drinks, fermented sweet tea and body lotions and glycerin. This commenced on 1st May 2024.

“The tax stamps are meant to protect the Malawi industry and economy from smuggled goods that evade taxes. Similarly, the stamps are meant to protect the public from consuming illicit and hazardous products,” Ngutwa said.

Within the context of protecting local manufacturers, Ngutwa also explained that tax stamps will be able to counter smuggling by tracking and tracing goods that enter into Malawi through uncharted routes without paying duties. 

The Excise Tax Stamp regime  has come  included with an App called Kalondola365 accessible by those using Android and iPhone operated smartphones. In this regard, we are directly involving all members of the general public to verify these products in real time to ensure that they are not fake while simultaneously confirming that excise tax was paid. This will help the government to collect more revenues for  national development,” Ngutwa added.

In a presentation earlier, Kalondola Project Manager, Steven Kuntembwe, said the transition period of phase one of the project which involves alcoholic beverages ends on 31st July 2024.

“We have provided these three months for proper transition by all business players, thereafter, enforcement measures will follow. The second phase runs from 1st July to 30th September 2024 involving non-alcoholic drinks, body lotion and glycerin,” said Kuntembwe.

All stakeholders in the excise tax regime including other arms of Government have been engaged since the law was amended in 2021 and Kuntembwe has assured members of the public that engagement and awareness activities regarding the tax stamps regime will continue.



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