MACRA Enganges Stakeholders Over Illegal Courier Operators

MACRA is engaging the country’s border posts and roadblock stakeholders to join hands in sanitizing the courier industry.

The development follows an influx of individuals and business entities carrying out unlicensed courier operations in the country.  These unlicensed operators are involved in the collection, acceptance, conveyance and delivery of various items including envelopes and packages.

The stakeholders include officers from the Malawi Police Service, Malawi Revenue Authority, Immigration Department, Malawi Bureau of Standards, Agriculture and Forestry departments.

The Communications Act of 2016 stipulates that operating courier services or conveying courier articles without a valid license issued by MACRA contravenes section 122 of the Communications Act (Act No. 34 of 2016) and the conducts are punishable under sections 181 and 182 of the Communications Act by a fine of K1,000,000 and imprisonment for 2 years upon conviction.

The country currently has thirty-three (33) licensed postal and courier operators on its portfolio.

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Dedza Border Post Stakeholders with MACRA Team
Some of the officers at Mbilima border post in Chitipa asking questions during the meeting
Mchinji border post stakeholders and MACRA team sharing notes during the meeting
Officers at Songwe border in Karonga, one of the busiest border posts in Malawi
Mwanza border post officers ready to sanitize the courier industry