Country Guide: Malawi-Blantyre

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Updated: November 23, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / no Express Release / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Original valued inventory in English dated and signed by the shipper
  • Invoices for all electrical items less than 6 months old
  • Employment Contract
  • Diplomatic Exemption (Diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • The agent must receive documents at least 15 days prior to arrival of the shipment to allow agent time to apply for a duty exemption on the used household goods.
  • The shipper must be present during the clearing process.
  • New personal effects are subject to 30% to 80% tax on declared value.
  • The Diplomatic Mission will apply for documents on behalf of the shipper with the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs and must have copies of the OBL / AWB and packing list to initiate Customs clearance (Diplomats).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Original Registration Card
  • Shipper`s Employment Contract
  • Original Purchase Invoice
  • OBL / AWB

 

Specific Information

  • Taxes on vehicles will depend on age, power, etc. of approximately 95% to 150% cost, insurance and freight (CIF).
  • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Valid Vaccination Record

 

Specific Information

  • Current vaccinations and permission from nearest Embassy are required for the importation of live animals.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol (subject to taxes)
  • New electrical, electronic Items and computers are subject to 50% to 150% tax on the declared value
  • One used computer is granted duty free.
  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration required)

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Pornography
  • Explosive materials
  • Counterfeit items

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

IAM Note:  Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability. 

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.state.gov/p/af/ci/mi

http://www.malawiembassy-dc.org

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.