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How to import cars in Malawi

How to import cars in Malawi

By Jack Kates

It is actually quite easy to import cars in Malawi. It is a Right Hand Drive and there is no restriction on how old a vehicle may be imported in and no Road Worthy inspection required. In the past all kinds of junks were imported in but in 2010 government imposed excise duty on used vehicle that rises in line with the age of the vehicle. This has made import of new vehicles more affordable, in some cases a new vehicle may end up costing less.

This may change once again as government is contemplating a drastic reduction in duty by end of 2014. We will update you as soon as we know.


Since Malawi is a landlocked country, Dar es-Salam port in Tanzania, Maputo port in Mozambique and Durban port in South Africa may be used but most of our customers prefer Dar es Salam port as one can drive the car to Malawi after it has been cleared.

South Africa does not allow imported in-transit vehicles to be driven through its roads. You can also use clearance agent to deliver the vehicle to Malawian border or even to your home if you so like. If you use Durban here is some pertinent information

REC Membership: SADC, COMESA
Recommended drop-off point: Blantyre
Carriers per Week: 3 
Transit Time in Days: 7

Recommended routing:
Durban>>Johannesburg>>Beit Bridge>>Chirundo>>Mwanza>>Blantyre


African Ports and Countries they serve

PortCountries covered
Durban Zimbabwe,Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland
Dar es Salaam           Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Congo, Burundi
Mombasa Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan
Maputo Mozambique


How long does it take to get to Dar es Salam

It takes 4 weeks from Thailand to Dar es Salam and two weeks from Dubai to Dar es Salam.

Required Documentation for Import of Cars

  • Original Commercial/Purchase Invoice.

  • Drivers License & International Insurance Policy (green card).

  • Original Certificate of Title and Registration.

  • Copy of client's work contract.

  • Original Bill of Lading: It must show Chassis number, Engine number, Cubic Capacity, Manufacturing year, brand and model.

  • Power of Attorney if you are using Destination Agent to do clearance on your behalf

We always recommend checking with your embassy, a clearing agent in Malawi or the authorities in Malawi to ensure you have up to date information on the rules and regulations. The information here is for guidance purposes only and should not be used as hard and fast rules.

Car Import Duty in Malawi

Taxes and Duties on used vehicles

By Jack Kates

Due to high import taxes, importation of vehicle in Malawi is quite high. In 2010, an excessive excise duty was also added, this has doubled the cost of used vehicles and in some cases making newer vehicles more affordable. This in a country where monthly salary is US$30. There is a 25% import duty on CIF value of the car, the excise duty introduced in 2010 varies from 5% to 100% depending on make and engine capacity as well as age of the vehicle, a surtax of 16.5% and K15,000 fixed destination inspection fee (DIF) for all items valued over K300,000. There hav e been recent proposal to reduce import duty by 20%. If implemented that could revive used car market.

For example, second-hand vehicles with an engine capacity of up to 1,500 cc and below eight years of age attract a basic import duty of 25 percent on their CIF cost, with a further 16.5 percent value added tax (VAT) levied on the sum of the CIF and import duty. Vehicles between 8 and 12 years old with the same engine capacity attract an additional excise duty of 35 percent, levied on the sum of the CIF, VAT and import duty. This punitive excise duty has pretty much destroyed used car import business. This is not justified on environmental grounds as there are only 8 cars per 1000 persons in Malawi compared to 114 in Zimbabwe and 897 in United States.

Most second-hand vehicles are imported through Tanzania’s main port of Dar es Salaam, with some coming through Durban in South Africa. Insurance and freight costs are calculated from the vehicle’s point of purchase to the port of arrival.

The new system was implemented in tandem with a decision by the MRA to suspend all inland clearance of imported goods, including second-hand vehicles, in order to reduce the likelihood of vehicles being smuggled to avoid excise duty. All imported goods are now cleared at the port of entry, and are detained there if their owners do not have the money to pay duties.

If vehicle is sold, disposed within Five years of importation, then used vehicle importer has to pay duties similar to the amount paid to Customs at initial importation. Here are taxes due on import of commercial vehicles :-

  • Up to 2000cc :- seating capacity less than 10 people.

    • Import Duty:- 25%

    • VAT:- 16.5%

    • Excise:- 15%

  • 2000-2500cc :- seating capacity less than 10 people.

    • Import Duty:- 25%

    • VAT:- 16.5%

    • Excise:- 30%

  • 2500-3000cc- seating capacity less than 10.

    • Import Duty:- 25%

    • VAT:- 16.5%

    • Excise:- 40%

  • Over 3000c- seating capacity less than 10.

    • Import Duty:- 25%

    • VAT:- 16.5%

    • Excise:- 50%

  • Minibus holding more than 10 people.

    • Import Duty:- 25%

    • VAT:- 16.5%

    • Excise:- Nil

  • Trucks under 3 Ton.

    • Import Duty:- 10.00%

    • VAT:- 16.5%

    • Excise:- 5.00%

  • Trucks over 3 Ton.

    • Import Duty:- 1.10%

    • VAT:- 2.50%

  • Truck over 10 Ton.

    • Excise:- 1.50%

Cars For Sale Malawi

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By Jack Kates

Information about Malawi

Thailand  largest new and used car 4WD vigo triton exporter to MalawiA landlocked country in southeastern Africa, Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) has an area of 118,480 sq km (45,745 sq mi), of which 24,400 sq km (9,420 sq mi) consists of water, chiefly Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Niassa). Comparatively, the area occupied by Malawi is slightly smaller than the state of Pennsylvania. Malawi extends 853 km (530 mi) N–S and 257 km (160 mi) E–W. It is bounded on the N and E by Tanzania, on the E, S, and SW by Mozambique, and on the W by Zambia, with a total boundary length of 2,881 km (1,790 mi).

Malawi has four glamorous cities—Blantyre and Zomba in the southern region, and Lilongwe and Mzuzu in central and northern Malawi respectively.

Malawians like their cars

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Malawi is a Right Hand drive country and since it is a land-locked country, Malawians can use Dar es Salam port in Tanzania or Durban port in South Africa or Maputo in Mozambique. Used Japanese cars are generally imported in using Ro-ro (roll-on roll-off) car carriers but used Thai, UK and Australian vehicles and new vehicles are brought in via container.

Cities in Malawi

Cities in Northern Region are Chitipa, Chilumba, Ekwendeni, Karonga, Likoma, Livingstonia, Mzimba, Mzuzu, Nkhata Bay, Rumphi, Chintheche, Champhira, Jenda, Embangweni, Edingeni.

Cities in Central Region are Bwanje, Chipoka, Dedza, Dowa, Kasungu, Lilongwe, Linthipe, Lobi, Madisi, Malaomo, Mayani, Mchinji, Mponela, Mua, Namitete, Mitundu, Nathenje, Nkhotakota, Nkhoma, Nponela, Ntcheu, Ntchisi, Salima, Thete, Tsangano.

Cities in Southern Region are Balaka, Bangula, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Chileka, Chiponde, Domasi, Lilangwe, Limbe, Liwonde, Luchenza, Lunzu, Machinga, Malosa, Mangochi, Monkey Bay, Mulanje, Mwanza, Namadzi, Namwera, Ngabu, Nchalo, Njata, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Zalewa, Zomba,

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Station Wagon Import Excise Rate in Malawi

Taxes and Duties on used vehicles

By Jack Kates


Many people import saloons or station wagons but do not know that excise rates for such vehicles vary depending on the year the vehicle was manufactured and the engine size. Below is, therefore, a table that illustrates how import excise rates apply for saloons and station wagons for different years of make and engine capacity.

Assume taxpayer X has imported a saloon which is less than eight years old with an engine size of 1500 cc. Taxpayer Y has also imported a similar saloon with an engine size the same as X but is more than twelve years old. Value for Duty Purposes will include the Cost (FOB) + Insurance + Freight value + Port charges) and would be calculated cumulatively as follows:

X.   Where Value for Duty Purposes   is $5, 714, for example, and the exchange rate is $1 to K350, the total Customs value would be $5, 714 x 350=K2, 000, 000.

Duty calculation:

  1. Import duty                  = 25% x K2, 000, 000                                     =K500, 000
  2. Import excise              =0% x (K2, 000, 000 + K500, 000)                 =K0.00
  3. Import VAT                 =16.5% x (K2, 500, 000 + K0.00)                   =K412, 500
  4. Total duty payable      =K500, 000 + K0.00 +K412, 500                    =K912, 500

Y.  Where Value for Duty Purposes   is $3, 714 and the exchange rate is $1 to K350, the total Customs value would be $3, 714 x 350=K1, 300, 000.

Duty calculation:

1. Import duty                    = 25% x K1, 300, 000                                                 =K325, 000

2. Import excise                =60% x (K1, 300, 000 + K325, 000)                           =K975, 000

  1. Import VAT                 =16.5% x (K1, 300, 000 + K325, 000 + K975, 000)   =K429, 000
  2. Total duty payable      = K325, 000 + K975, 000 + K429, 000                       =K1, 729, 000

It is against this background that the Authority would like to advise members of the general public that when importing saloons or station wagons, they should know the year of manufacture and the engine size as the two determine the rate at which excise duty will be computed.