MRA removes tax on COVID-19 related materials.

Masks and handsanitizers

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has waived duty on the importation of essential goods to be used in the prevention and treatment of Coronavirus in the country.

A notice from the organization’s Commissioner General John Bizwick to importers, the business community and the general public confirmed the development.

“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.

“The Customs and Excise (Tariffs) Order, now includes new Customs Procedure Codes (CPCs) and Special Transactions on COVID-19.

Lilongwe City Mayor Julianna Kaduya (L) in an elbow hand-shake with Wateraide's Mercy Mayoo in this file photo of a handover ceremony of COVID-19 materials

“The CPCs and 4000.405(C) for direct imports and 4071.405(C) 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”.  read the notice

The materials to be exempted from duty include: ventilators, oxygen concentrators, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), hand sanitizers, soaps, water treatment chemicals and other goods as may be approved by the Commissioner General.

The tax revenue body further informed importers of the essential products to apply for duty waiver to the MRA boss and provide import details including landed costs and quantities.

This follows the increased demand for these goods as Malawi continues to register an escalating number of cases of the virus.