Malawi government controls exports of certain products.

As part of Malawi's export control system, the Malawi government has imposed some export restrictions. 

With a view to enhancing and promoting exports as outlined in the National Export Strategy (NES), the list of products requiring export permit was reduced from 25 to 10 items. This measure was undertaken to make it cheaper, easier and faster to export and trade across the borders. Hence, only the following products listed hereunder require an export permit as stipulated under the Control of Goods Act (Cap 18.08) of the Laws of Malawi:

  1. Implements of war (other than arms and ammunition), atomic energy materials of strategic value, and items of primary strategic significance used in the     production of arms and ammunition and other implements of war, including the following-
  2. (a) beryllium;    (b) cobalt;    (c) tantalam;      (d) uranium;       (e) lithium;          (f) columbite; (g) nobium;       (h) thorium (columbium);     (i) germanium; (j) titanium;        (k) nickel and any materials containing such metals.
  3. Petroleum products.
  4. The following gemstones in the manufactured state.
    1. Corundum  (b) Garnet    (C)  Quartz      (d) Tourmaline       (e) Turquoise  (f) Beryl  (g) Zircon   (h) Jade  (i) Olivine   (j)   Feldspar    (k)   Topaz   (l)  Opal   (m) Chrysoberyl   (n)  Spinel  (o) Lazurite
  5. Scrap metal.
  6. Hides and skins in processed and non-processed form.
  7. Rice, including: (a) rice meals in processed;  (b) rice bran;  (c) rice residues.
  8. Maize including (a) dried maize, or off the cob; (b) crushed maize;  (c) samp.
  9. Maize meal, including (a) maize grits; (b) maize corns;  (c) hominy chop;  (d) maize offals; or  (e)processed maize meal with or without additives
  10. Raw hard round wood timbers.
  11. Live poultry, including day-old chicks.

In addition to securing an export permit, exporters of the products outlined above should also ensure compliance with the necessary export procedures.

Any person found in breach of the above requirements will be liable to prosecution under the Law.