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Malawi: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

Malawi: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

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Intra-Africa trade profile for 2018

In 2018, Malawi’s intra-Africa exports and imports were valued at US$318 million and US$809 million, respectively. Intra-Africa exports accounted for 36% of Malawi’s global exports, while intra-Africa imports accounted for 30% of Malawi’s global imports.

  • Between 2017 and 2018, Malawi’s imports from and exports to Africa increased by 7% each. Malawi’s intra-Africa exports increased mainly due to the growth of food preparations exports.

  • Malawi’s main imports from Africa in 2018 were unused postage stamps (4%), unmanufactured tobacco (4%); mineral or chemical fertilisers (4%); cement (4%); organic surface-active agents (3%); pesticides & herbicides (3%); and motor vehicles (2%). Malawi’s top 10 intra-Africa imports accounted for 30% of Malawi’s total intra-Africa imports.

  • Between 2017 and 2018, imports of unmanufactured tobacco declined by 32% and cement by 12% while imports of mineral and chemical fertilizers increased by 22%, organic surface-active agents by 76%, food preparations by 25% and goods vehicles by 126%.

  • In 2018, unmanufactured tobacco was Malawi’s main intra-Africa export product, accounting for 22% of Malawi’s total exports to Africa. Food preparations was also an important intra-Africa export product, accounting for 9% of total exports to Africa, followed by tea (8%), shelled leguminous vegetables (7%), cane or beet sugar in solid form (6%), soya beans (5%) and maize (3%). The top 10 export products constituted 76% of Malawi’s total exports to Africa.

  • Between 2017 and 2018, exports of oilcake decreased by 51%, tea by 10% and groundnuts by 21%, while exports of food preparations increase by 3194%, dried leguminous vegetables by 481% and maize by 27%.

  • In 2018, Malawi’s main import sources were South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania which constituted 80% of Malawi’s total imports from Africa. • Between 2017 and 2018, Malawi’s imports from South Africa increased by 10%, while imports from Zambia fell by 23%.

  • The main export destinations were South Africa, Zambia and Egypt, importing 57% of Malawi’s total intra-African exports. The other top export destinations were Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

  • In terms of total trade (exports + imports), South Africa was Malawi’s main trading partner, accounting for 52% of Malawi’s total intra-Africa trade in 2018, followed by Zambia with 12%.

  • Malawi trades (imports and exports) mostly with COMESA and SADC countries. In 2018, Malawi’s imports from African countries outside SADC and COMESA accounted for 1% of its intra-Africa imports, while exports accounted for 3% of its intra-Africa exports.

Intra-Africa import tariffs

Most of the goods imported into Malawi from other SADC and COMESA member states enter duty-free. Imports from the DRC and Tunisia are currently levied Malawi’s MFN applied tariffs until tariff phase-down by these countries under COMESA has taken place. Imports from Eritrea and Ethiopia are granted preferential access in accordance with the tariff phase-down achieved under COMESA – imports from Eritrea are granted an 80% reduction in the MFN applied tariff, while imports from Ethiopia are only granted a 10% reduction in the MFN applied tariff.

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Malawi: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | December 2019
Infographic: Malawi – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | December 2019
Malawi: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | July 2018
Infographic: Malawi – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | July 2018
Malawi: Intra-Africa trade data spreadsheet | July 2018

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