Vehicles imported on Temporary Import Permit

Vehicles imported on Temporary Import Permit

Vehicles imported on Temporary Import Permit

A vehicle on TIP is a vehicle that has been imported into the country for a short period of time, on understanding that it would be exported back to the country of registration.

A TIP is a document that is issued in respect of  vehicles temporarly imported into Malawi, when imported by a person not resident in Malawi.

A TIP is issued to the importer for a maximum period of 30 days, irrespective of the time the owner or driver anticipates to be in Malawi, provided the vehicle is insured against third party risks in the country for at least 30 days.

If the period of insurance is less than 30 days, the period for the TIP is limited to the period that the insurance cover is valid. For commercial vehicles, the period allowed on TIP is usually in line with the period the vehicle is expected to be in the country but subject to a maximum of 30 days.

Extension of the period of validity of any TIP may be granted by the Flexible Anti-Smuggling Teams (Fast) offices in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu only. The TIP can be extended for a maximum of five times when it expires.

What should one do if he/ she intends to dispose of a vehicles on TIP? He/ She is supposed to pay duty to MRA using the duty rates in force at the time of disposal.

What will happen to those who fail to export a vehicle back when the validity date is expired? Anybody who fails to re-export a vehicle on TIP would be asked to pay the taxes due plus a penalty of not less than 50 percent of the value for duty purposes of the vehicle.

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