Many trade obstacles can be dealt with at home, this report finds, regarding business concerns about non-tariff measures in Malawi. This ITC survey of exporters and importers in Malawi reveals that their main challenges to access markets abroad are twofold in relation to non-tariff measures. First, product certification is problematic: companies have difficulties to meet international standards. In addition, Malawi lacks an internationally accredited facility to certify products. Second, export licensing is a real challenge due to the many institutions involved, which contributes to inefficiency in issuing licenses. This report presents and analyzes the survey results, including trade policy implications for Malawi. It also outlines the recommendations established in a public-private dialogue on the survey results.
Publication Date: 10 Jan. 2013