Government revokes old Control of Goods Licences
By Vincent Gunde Malawi Exclusive
Government has revoked all previous licences issued by the Ministry of Trade under old Control of Goods Act.
Government says it has done this to allow smooth transition from the old Acts to the new Act and in order to operationalize the new Control of Goods Act, and the accompanying Regulations.
It is requesting traders to apply for the fresh Import and Export Licences through the Ministry of Trade before 7th August, 2020.
Speaking in Lilongwe at the Competition of Fair Trading Commission [ CFTC ] Board Room on Key aspects of the Control of Goods Act and its Regulations, Minister of Trade, Hon. Sosten Gwengwe, said traders intending to Import and Export Licensable goods as designed in the Act should apply for an Import and Export licence by filling the form which can be collected from the Ministry.
Hon. Gwengwe said the applicant for an Import and Export licence shall be required to pay a non – refundable application fee of K5,000 and a licence fee of K20,000 saying this is a licence issued under the new Regulations and that shall be valid for one year.
Gwengwe said the key aspects of the new Control Goods Act of 2018 came into force on 10th July, 2020 saying the accompanying Control of Goods Regulations came into operation on 24 July, 2020 and these are the Control of Goods [ Public Interest Grounds Threshholds] and Control of Goods [ Import and Export licence] Regulations.
He said the Control of Goods [ Import and Export licence] Regulations will empower his office to designate goods whose import into or export out of Malawi require a licence.
’’Goods for which an import permit is required are; fresh milk, bottled water, alcoholic drinks, fruits and vegetables, grain of any variety, table salts etc while goods for which an export permit required are; implements of war[ other than arms and ammunitions], petroleum products, scarp metal, soya beans, hides and skins in processed and unprocessed form’’, He explained.
The Honourable Minister of Trade said in view to promote investiments , development of the productive sectors and ensuring transparency whilst taking into consideration food security, the Ministry, embarked on the revision of this Act to take into account the concerns.
He said the old Control of Goods Act raised a lot of concerns among stakeholders in respect of its objectives, among others, the development of the productive sectors and ensuring food security, in particular, the concerns surrounding the transparency and predictability of implementing the Act.