The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) says it will sell all the motor vehicles that have exceeded three months at a customs-controlled area if they are not cleared by the end of January.
“There are many vehicles that have been parked at these areas in the country, especially at the Songwe Border [in Karonga]. These vehicles have been kept for more than the period authorised by the customs laws and are congesting the places and causing a lot of inconveniences,” said MRA commissioner general John Biziwick.
He said Section 39 of the Customs and Excise Act, empowers the commissioner general to sell by public auction or tender all goods that have been imported into the country and have not been cleared through customs within the prescribed time from the date of importation or warehoused in a temporary store.
Biziwick said the uncleared vehicles will be sold by public auction and that such an auction will be held monthly from February.
Mid last year, MRA offered some of the vehicle owners, particularly at Songwe Border Post, to clear them by paying duty in instalments, but subject to conditions.
The conditions, among others, included that the interest will accrue from the day of the first instalment under the then prevailing commercial bank rates on the balance.
MRA said the balance and interest were to be paid in equal instalments within three months from the date of the initial payment.