As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mali’s tax policy distinguishes between intra-regional trade (characterized by a regime of preferential tariffs between regional partners) and extra-regional trade (subject to the regime of Common External Tariffs or CET). As a WAEMU member, Mali applies taxes on imports including essential goods, inputs or intermediate goods, and consumer goods with progressive tax rates. There is no discrimination based on country of origin. Mali encourages the import of solar and renewal energy equipment by providing tax incentives. Cultural goods, including books, also benefit from low tax rates. Along with many other African countries, Mali adopted a draft law to increase taxes on imports by 0.2 percent to be paid by non-African Union countries in order to contribute to the funding of the African Union’s budget following the signature of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
For more information on tariffs, please visit the websites of the Mali Trade Portal and the Customs Office:
Mali Trade Portal