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What should Do When Shipping From China To Malawi

Shipping from China to Malawiprices for most goods are generally market determined. Low priced goods tend to sell very well due to the generally low-income levels of most Malawians. The arrival of inexpensive Chinese made products has negatively influenced sales for many local and western-made products. Priceing structure tends to take into account the cost of international and domestic transportation of imports, whether final products or inputs. Transportation costs can be substantial in land-locked Malawi. Customs duties and value added tax (16.5%) also contribute to the final prices.

Identify what to import

A clear understanding of any investment project you may be trying is best for an Entrepreneur or Business Mogul, before going into it. Find some good products, which can attract demand locally. For example, Furniture, Seat, Women and Girls suit, Bags and wallet jewelry. Consult the customs office to be sure the products you are planning to import are acceptable under Malawian law.

Find good suppliers


Sites such as or have an excellent database of Chinese manufacturers. Here you will find many suppliers with different product categories. It is, however, advisable to double check on the credentials of your chosen supplier just to make sure you are getting the right deal.

To avoid fraud or cases where poor quality products is supplied get contacts of one of the Malawians living in China; this might be helpful in locating the right supplier and spot-checking the quality of your products.

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Choose the best carrier when Shipping from China to Malawi

Choosing the right carrier means, you are on the right way to cheap logistics solution. You can consider these maritime companies MSK, CMA, NDS, DELMAS, SAF, PIL, Hamburg Suda, KLINE, CSCL, ZIM, and so on.

In China African transportation, MSK accounted for 60% of the total market volume, and its domain the African ocean transportation for years. MSC is doing the best to Malawi.

Identify the port of loading

Just like in Malawi where there are Chipoka, Monkey bay, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Chilumba (Lake Nyasa) as main port cities, China also has many outlets. There is Guangzhou, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Dalian among others. In each port cities, you will find courier companies that can deliver to Malawi and help you clear with the customs offices. Examples being;

Once you have identified your port and potential courier company (and assuming that you have already received the samples and are satisfied with them), you can direct your supplier to drop your goods at Mombasa Port. From that point, you can negotiate with the courier agent in terms of delivery.

Shipping to Malawi

Main Ports: Chipoka, Monkey Bay, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Chilumba (Lake Nyasa)

Main inland Cities: Mangochi, Karonga, Lilongwe, and Blantyre

From China to Lilongwe, it will take around 44 days by sea shipping.

Clearing form custom in Malawi

When a shipment arrives at the customs office entry point, all documents are handed over to the clearing agent who then prepares a Bill of Entry (BoE), using the transit custom procedure code 8100811. The clearing agent then submits the BoE to customs for processing. Custom Officer(s) then escort the goods to the custom office at the stated exit point at a cost of $50 per officer/day. Other charges to pay per shipment are $7 for the customs-processing fee and $67 clearing charges.

Collect your goods at the port

If you pay your goods to deliver by sea, then you have to collect your goods from the port of delivery by your Courier Services.

Finally, now that your imported goods have arrived in Malawi, all you need is to make good use of your entrepreneurial skills. With proper Priceing and marketing, the sky is the limit for importers business who source their goods from China.