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Road Access Fee

Road Access Fee

The Road Access Fee is money charged on small foreign registered vehicles and all those that are currently not eligible to pay International Transit Fee (ITF). The fee is paid by persons driving any foreign registered saloons, pickups, motor cycles, trailers and all motor vehicles issued with a Temporary Importation Permit (TIP).

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) started collecting the Road Access Fee on behalf of the Roads Fund Administration (RFA) with effect from 1st November, 2017. The fee is charged in United States Dollars at a fixed rate of $20 per vehicle. This is payable at the borders upon entry into Malawi and does not depend on origin of the vehicle or distance to be travelled in Malawi.

All motorists issued with a TIP by the MRA will be required to pay the Road Access Fee at the port of entry or on renewal of the TIP with MRA. The fee shall be paid through MRA designated banks and it shall strictly be paid in US dollars.

Clearance documents must be kept as drivers will be required to produce them for inspection. Failure to pay the Road Access Fee shall attract a penalty of US$500 per vehicle on the spot.

Members of the general public are urged to report to MRA through the Tip-Offs Anonymous Service any foreign registered vehicles that enter Malawi using unchartered routes and evade payment of the Road Access Fee.

MRA introduced Tip-Offs Anonymous Service with Deloitte to enable members of the general public to report suspected cases of tax fraud, evasion, bribery, smuggling and dishonesty. 

Rewards range from a minimum of 10 percent of the taxes recovered to a maximum of K500, 000. To use the service, members of the general public are required to dial a toll free number 847 for Airtel, Access and TNM subscribers or 80000847 for MTL subscribers.

Feedback: tax@mra.mw; 0999 551 634, 0888 958 220

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