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    Hi all,

    Obviously, Malawi is not part of the South African Custom Unions, and according to my researches, they are not part to the UN agreement about Carnet de Passage.

    I will probably drive my car (French registered) in a couple of months from Zambia to Malawi, then store it there for some weeks / months.

    I will then let the Carnet be stamped from the Zambian Customs when I leave Zambia, what about Malawi ? Do they stamp Carnets in and out or do they ignore this document ? In case, what is the procedure for the provisionnal import of a car to Malawi ?

    Same question applies to Moz. ?

    Thanks for your replies.

    Cheers

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    In Southern African countries like Mozambique, Zamibia, Malawi and Tanzania you can apply for a temporary import licence for your car, which will allow you import for up to 3 months. In Zambia and Mozambique this is done for free, other countries charge a small fee. Some countries are so used to this, that you may need to explain a carnet at the border, but from my experience they usually stamp the carnet if you insist on it. This applies also to Malawi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jurgen LC View Post
    In Southern African countries like Mozambique, Zamibia, Malawi and Tanzania you can apply for a temporary import licence for your car, which will allow you import for up to 3 months. In Zambia and Mozambique this is done for free, other countries charge a small fee. Some countries are so used to this, that you may need to explain a carnet at the border, but from my experience they usually stamp the carnet if you insist on it. This applies also to Malawi.

    Hi Juergen,

    Thanks for your quick reply, it confirms more or less what I thought (two weeks ago, I had to explain to a Zambian Custom Officer IN LIVINGSTONE how to do it). Fortunately, I had already entered Zambia at Katima with the same Carnet, told the guy only to do the same as his colleague...

    Cheers

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    They stamped our carnet in 2011 without any problems.
    We took the border from Mbeya to Karonga.

    In 2009 with a TIP it was as fast as with the carnet.

    At Mozambique the TIP goes as fast as well.
    We entered Mocambique at Milange.

    OT -Quite a scenic drive to Caia ....

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    Hi Eric, we used a CdP from SA-Moz-Mal-Zam-Bots-SA last year. They recognised it at the Malawi borders without any insistence from us. However, if I did it again I would probably save the expense and just use TIP's. Regards. RSG
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReadySteadyGo View Post
    Hi Eric, we used a CdP from SA-Moz-Mal-Zam-Bots-SA last year. They recognised it at the Malawi borders without any insistence from us. However, if I did it again I would probably save the expense and just use TIP's. Regards. RSG
    Thank you,

    The point is that I already have a carnet (it was compulsory for a French registered car to enter the SACU countries), which will however expire in February next year.

    As I am likely to drop my car in Lilongwe at the end of November probably until April, I was thinking of entering Malawi on TIP (after having had my Carnet stamped out from the Zambian Customs), then get a new carnet valid as of next April, and have then it stamped in either from the Tanzanian or the Zambian Customs when I leave Malawi.

    For that reason the next question: when you enter Malawi on a TIP, for how long is it valid ?

    Cheers...

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    As far as I can remember, the maximum is three months for a TIP.

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    Hi Eric!

    We have stored our vehicle in Malawi as well. Carnet will be stamped and there are no custom problems as long as the carnet is valid. So you can stay up to one year without any problems.

    So long,

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    Using a carnet is very straightforward.

    You can enter on a TIP but only for 30 days. You can then renew the TIP - different offices seem to apply different rules as to how many times you can renew it. Not ideal if you want to leave the car for several months though.

    There are also charges both for issuing the TIP and for extending it.

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    Hi Eric
    I am also planning a trip up the east coast of africa from South Africa -due to time retrain - I would like to live the vehicle +- 3 months in Lilongwe, Malawi any suggestion of storage there? tks
    cheers
    Dominique

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    Use a carnet, thats also my advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BELLO View Post
    Hi Eric
    I am also planning a trip up the east coast of africa from South Africa -due to time retrain - I would like to live the vehicle +- 3 months in Lilongwe, Malawi any suggestion of storage there? tks
    cheers
    Dominique
    Hi Dominique,

    There are several possibilities in Lilongwe:

    http://www.dt800.de/parken-in-afrika...ka_Malawi.html

    The link is unfortunately in German, but I am sure your can translate or anyway use the indicated e-mail adress for further enquiries.

    We know about the first listed (Stella Fürst and Fred Van Rendsburg), is very reputable, can service cars and make repairs as well.

    Of course, it works for +/- 3 months only with a Carnet.

    Cheers..
    Last edited by eric60260; 2013/01/19 at 05:44 PM.

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    Tks Guy's
    I will get a carnet, is it only 3 month you can leave the vehicle in Malawi?
    I will get hold of them on e-mail - tks
    a bientot

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    Quote Originally Posted by BELLO View Post
    Tks Guy's
    I will get a carnet, is it only 3 month you can leave the vehicle in Malawi?
    I will get hold of them on e-mail - tks
    a bientot
    Hello,

    AFAIK, and according to local knowledge, you can leave it for a maximum of 12 months, provided you have a valid Carnet (first oder second etc..).

    Cheers..

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    It depends for how long you buy the carnet.
    3, 6, 12 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southerndreams View Post
    It depends for how long you buy the carnet.
    3, 6, 12 months
    Sorry, tut mir Leid,

    I had forgotten that you can have shorter Carnets in SA, we have them only for 12 months.

    Cheers.

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    Hi
    I will get it for 12 month - we planning to travel for the next 3-4 years in Africa ( do a section every school holiday as my son is very keen traveller !) ,
    Tks
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