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Duty waiver on essential goods for COVID-19 prevention, treatment

Duty waiver on essential goods for COVID-19 prevention, treatment

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is informing importers, the business community and the public that the Malawi Government has waived duty on the importation of essential goods for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. 

The introduction of the duty waiver is an additional measure in the fight against the further spread of COVID-19 and it applies to both direct imports and goods from bonded warehouses.

This follows the amendment of the Customs & Excise (Tariffs) Order, which now includes new Customs Procedure Codes (CPCs) and Special Transactions on COVID-19.

The news CPCs are 4000.405 for direct imports and 4071.405 for goods from bonded warehouses and they provide for waiver of duty on the importation of essential goods for the prevention, treatment and management of COVID 19.

Such essential goods include ventilators, oxygen concentrators, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), hand sanitizers, soaps, water treatment chemicals and such other goods as the Commissioner General may approve.

Importers of these essential goods are required to apply for duty waiver to the Commissioner General and they should provide specifications of their imports including landed costs and quantities.

Malawi has so far registered 70 COVID-19 cases including three fatalities. The outbreak of the pandemic has disrupted business and social life following the introduction of strict measures to contain the further spread of the disease.

Last month the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) opened a Voluntary Compliance Window (VCW) for six months to relieve taxpayers reeling from the effects of COVID-19.

VCW, effective 8 April until 31 October 2020, allows non-compliant taxpayers with arrears to settle their tax obligations without paying penalties, interest and other charges.

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