Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Tanzania.

For further information, please visit the Tanzania Revenue Authority.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Information on Tariffs and Regulations may be obtained from the Ministry of Finance.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Special certificates

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has jurisdiction over all standard issues in the country and they generally follow international accepted norms.

There are no specific labelling and marking requirements for imports and exports. Specific customs guidance is available from the Tanzania Bureau of Standards or the Tanzania Revenue Authority.

Methods of quoting and payment

Tanzania is largely a cash economy and it is the most popular way to conduct business. Cheques take seven to 14 days to clear through the central banks national payments system and electronic clearing house. For transactions between parties in different cities or regions, direct payments through commercial bank accounts in the form of wire transfers and SWIFT are very common.

Cheques are not acceptable for payments above TSH 10 million, but should be made through electronic transfer. The shillingi is Tanzania currency in Swahili language, and in English the shilling sign is TSH. Documentary credits such as letters of credit (LC’s), documentary collections and drafts are widely used for international trade. Cash with order, cash in advance or prepayment are preferred by local traders. Credit accounts are not common in Tanzania.

Exporters are allowed to use or repatriate all export earnings and there are no controls on foreign exchange.

Documentary requirements

To assure Tanzanian consumers of the safety and quality of imported goods they buy and to protect manufacturers from unfair competition, the TBS has implemented guidelines called the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to the Standards Programme. The programme requires that all goods exported to Tanzania need a Certificate of Conformity in order to clear customs.

Product Data Sheet and/or Product Description specifying the product’s intended use is mandatory.

Pro-forma invoice

A pro-forma invoice is mandatory; a Pre-Arrival Declaration can be submitted, if available. All labelling of packaging of imports shall be as per the TBS approved Standards. All goods must have 75 per cent shelf life remaining on arrival.