Describes bilateral and multilateral trade agreements that this country is party to, including with the United States. Includes websites and other resources where U.S. companies can get more information on how to take advantage of these agreements.
Last Published: 4/11/2019

Malawi is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and two regional trade blocs: the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).  Under the COMESA Treaty, all goods may be traded among member states under preferential treatment as long as they satisfy the prescribed rules of origin.  The SADC Trade Protocol calls for the establishment of a SADC Free Trade Area that stipulates the gradual elimination of tariffs between member states.  In principle, the SADC FTA took effect in January 2008 although certain members (Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia) are still implementing their scheduled tariff phase down.  Despite Malawi's membership in these organizations, to date intraregional trade has not been a strong component of Malawi's exports.

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Malawi Trade Development and Promotion Trade Agreements