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Cross border traders have been advised to get relevant clearing information on their goods before importing or exporting to avoid being duped by unscrupulous clearing agents.

Director of Trade in the Ministry of Trade and Industry Charity Musozo made the remarks in an interview after opening the 10th Indigenous Customs and Clearing Agents (Iccafa) Annual General meeting recently in Mangochi.

Musozo said the government is aware of the challenges Malawian cross-border traders face when clearing their goods.

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But Musozo said some of the challenges are as a result of lack of information.

“There are some traders who import goods without checking the clearing cost. As a result, they force some clearing agents to indulge in illegal clearing. This is wrong considering that the government hugely depends on the clearing agents to facilitate trade at the border,” he said.

Malawi Revenue Authority Deputy Commissioner General responsible for customs facilitation Chimwemwe Kawalewale hailed clearing agents for helping in enhanced revenue collection for the government.

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Kawalewale then spoke against the increase in the number of unregistered agents who are continually duping traders.

In his remarks, Iccafa President Kumbuka Kaluwa observed that there are some unregistered clearing agents who are operating without the knowledge of the Iccaffa leadership.

He appealed to the government to set up a regulatory body which will help flash out the illegal operators.

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