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MRA trains Cross Border traders on Tax matters

MRA trains Cross Border traders on Tax matters

In its efforts to build capacity among medium and small-scale traders in the country, the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) recently organized country-wide awareness campaign where it held workshops with cross border traders for a period of two weeks.

The exercise covered Lilongwe, Mchinji, Salima, Kasungu, Mzuzu, Karonga, Mangochi and Blantyre. The workshops were meant to equip cross border traders with information, knowledge and skills relating to procedures and processes to follow at the borders for imports or exports.

 

Speaking at one of the workshops in Blantyre, Steven Kapoloma, Head of Corporate Affairs, informed the audience that the workshops were designed to address critical issues that the cross borders face when they import or export goods to other countries.

 

“We are aware of the challenges that you cross border traders face. This gathering is, therefore, intended to accord you an opportunity to learn more about the various Customs processes and procedures you need to undergo at the border stations,” he said.

 

He further went on to add that: “It will be painful to me if some of you go home without fully grasping the material that we have planned to deliver to you and utilize.’’

 

Kapoloma then urged the participants to ask as many questions as possible and make use of the information and knowledge acquired to clear goods with less hustles at the border stations.

Making MRA presentation, Mc Hizzal Kawanga, Manager Taxpayer Education, jointly with Patricia Chayekha, Manager Customs & Excise, drilled the participants on a number of areas. These included the role of Customs & Excise Division, restricted and prohibited goods, goods that require import or export license as well as documents required when importing or exporting goods.

MRA also covered areas like the role of FAST and MRA roadblocks, personal rebate scheme and how cross borders can benefit from the regional trading blocs like SADC and COMESA, among others.

MRA was represented at the workshops by Kawanga, Chayekha, Thokozani Chiwaya and Faith Ndawala from the Corporate Affairs Division. These were joined by officers from the stations.

By Faith Ndawala & Thokozani Chiwaya

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