Procedures and the documentation required when exporting depend on the type of export that has been declared i.e exports from open stock, temporary exports and re-exports.
This refers to procedures where goods which are destined for final export from Malawi, e.g. goods from open stock, direct exports of goods after bonded warehousing and exportation after free zone or bonded factory procedures.
This refers to procedures where goods being exported will be returned to Malawi, and included:
This refers to procedure where goods are being exported after temporary admission, and is of different types:
Documentation in export trade is vital in that documents have to be completed before the consignment leaves the country of origin and at the destination to enable the consignee in the importing country to clear the goods through local authorities. It must be noted that if the documents are not properly completed they may be rejected on presentation to customs authorities and this may interfere with the free movement of goods resulting in delays and missing delivery dates.
The following are the major effects of a poorly completed /missing documentation:
The documents most frequently required for an export shipment are the following but the exporter should remember that they vary depending on the export procedure used, the type of goods and market requirements:
Temporary Export Permits (TEP)
Implementation of National Trade Policy
Implementation of Controls of Goods Act
 The full listing of the scheduled products is can be obtained from the respective Departments