Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)

The National TBT Enquiry Point is a general reference point for information on proposed and adopted technical rules and regulation, standards and conformity assessment procedures of Malawi and other countries. The enquiry Point also serves to answer reasonable queries from exporters and importers from within the country and abroad.

The TBT agreement applies to all members of the WTO and aims to ensure that technical regulations, standards and testing, inspection and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade. Each member state is also obliged under the standards, testing, inspection and certification procedures to make notifications of changes that may significantly affect. Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) under the World Trade Organisation (WTO)Setting up a National TBT Enquiry Point is a requirement for members of the trade, and to allow other members reasonable time to make comments.

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)

with similar objectives by which members are required to set up a National SPS Enquiry Point and answer questions regarding any measures taken to protect animal and plant life or food safety issues. Any measures w WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)Similar to the TBT is the taken that can significantly affect trade should be notified to the WTO Secretariat.

For further information please contact;

TBT Enquiry Point

Director General, Malawi Bureau of Standards, Head Office, P.O Box 946, Blantyre, Malawi. 

Tel: +265 1 870 488
Fax: +265 1 870 756

SPS Enquiry Point

Food Safety:

Director General, Malawi Bureau of Standards, Tel:+265 1 870 488; Email: 

Animal Health:

Director, Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development; Tel: +265991277492; Fax (+265) 1 751 349; Email:

Plant Protection:

Director, Agriculture Research Services, Chitedze Research Station; Tel: +2651707145; Fax: +2651707041; Email:

Click Alternatively you can send an enquiry using the Contact Form on this website here  to make an enquiry.