Country Profile: Malawi








UN trade profile (link)

Key government contacts Ministry of Industry and Trade (website)
Responsible to coordinate with donors:
Ms. Christina Zakeyo-Chatima
Director of Trade
Ministry of Industry and Trade,
P O Box 30366,
Lilongwe 3
Telephone: +265 1 770 337
Fax: +265 1 770 680
AU REC memberships COMESA, SADC
Main transport corridors North-South Corridor
Key private sector organisations Malawi Chambers of Commerce and Industry
WCO revised Kyoto ratification Yes, 2013 (Source: WCO)
National TF body N/A (Source: UNCTAD)
Mr. Diamond Chikhasu
Principal Trade Officer
Ministry of Industry and Trade,
P O Box 30366,
Lilongwe 3
Telephone: +265 1 770 337
Fax: +265 1 770 680
Customs IT system ASYCUDA ++

WTO TFA notification and ratification

WTO needs assessment Nov. 17-21, 2008 (USAID Trade Hub)
Category Received Date Link
A Yes 10/05/2016 WTO TFA Malawi Cat A, B and C
B Yes 10/05/2016
C Yes 10/05/2016
Ratification No

TF indicators and resources

Logistics Performance Index – World Bank

The World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is based on a worldwide survey of operators on the ground (global freight forwarders and express carriers), providing feedback on the logistics “friendliness” of the countries in which they operate and those with which they trade, supplemented with quantitative data on the performance of key components of the logistics chain in the country of work. The LPI provides a comparative ranking and overall score based on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). The Efficiency of Customs and Border Clearance is one of seven areas covered by the LPI.

LPI_Efficiency of Customs and Border Clearance_Malawi

Source: World Bank

Doing Business Report/Trading Across Borders Ranking – World Bank

The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies and selected cities at the sub-national and regional level. The Trading across Borders indicators capture the documents, time and cost required for the logistical process of exporting and importing containerized goods by seaport, but they do not measure the cost of the sea transport or of tariffs or capture any aspects relating to international trade agreements.


Source: World Bank

Enabling Trade Index – World Economic Forum

The WEF’s Global Enabling Trade Report assesses the quality of institutions, policies and services facilitating the free flow of goods over borders and to their destinations. At the core of the report, the Enabling Trade Index benchmarks the performance of 138 economies in four critical areas: market access, border administration, transport and communications infrastructure, and regulatory and business environment. The border administration component looks at the efficiency and transparency of border and customs administration based on 11 separate indicators.

ETI_Border Administration_Malawi

Source: World Economic Forum

Trade Facilitation Indicators – OECD

The OECD trade facilitation indicators cover the full spectrum of border procedures, from advance rulings to transit guarantees, for 133 countries across income levels, geographical regions and development stages. Estimates based on the indicators provide a basis for governments to prioritise trade facilitation actions and mobilise technical assistance and capacity-building efforts for developing countries in a more targeted way.

See the Malawi TF profile (2014).

Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies – EIF

The Enhanced Integrated Fund (EIF) is a multi-donor programme, which supports LDCs to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle supply-side constraints to trade. The country-level Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) provides an analysis of the economic and trade environment and aims at identifying constraints to competitiveness, supply chain weaknesses and sectors of greatest growth and/or export potential. Each DTIS contains an Action Matrix which outlines priority reforms to be conducted in a certain order to alleviate the most binding constraints to greater trade competitiveness.

See Chapter 4 of the Malawi DTIS (2004).

Non-Tariff Measure Surveys – ITC

Non-tariff measures (NTMs) are of particular concern to exporters and importers in developing countries, as they are a major impediment to international trade and can prevent market access. Exporting companies seeking access to foreign markets and companies importing products need to comply with a wide range of requirements including technical regulations, product standards and customs procedures.  The International Trade Centre (ITC) conducts large-scale company-level surveys to identify regulations that companies find burdensome.

See the Malawi survey report (2013).