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By Chimwemwe Mangazi:

Local fuel transporters have cried foul over what they call low consideration by oil companies when tendering for transportation of fuel into the country.

The group of transporters, dubbed Concerned Fuel Haulers, said oil companies prefer foreign transporters to ferry the commodity to Malawi at the expense of local firms, despite having equal capacity.

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The group claims that, out of 300 transporters that are given the business, only ten are locals.

This has forced the grouping to ask the government to consider abolishing the Delivered Duty Unpaid system of procuring fuel.

“The government must come up with a policy that allows only indigenous transporters to haul fuel products for Malawi as a means of safeguarding local businesses as creators of jobs for Malawians.

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“We also would like to ask the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority to intervene and ensure that Nocma does not give contracts to unlicensed foreign transporters to carry liquid fuel,” said one hauler.

President of the Road Transporters Association (RTA), Abdul Lambat, said the association was engaging authorities on the same.

“Right now, I can’t say much on that because International Haulage Brokers (IHB) is the ones handling that issue. But these issues have been there for some time and, right now, we are talking with the government and there is a green light but these things take time, you know,” Lambat said.

IHB General Manager, Chrispin Mussa, said, when calling for tenders, firms should put a clause that safeguards Malawian Transporters which Mera also approved.

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