The UK is the largest foreign investor in Commonwealth member Tanzania and a range of British companies have operations in the country. Tanzania is a regional gateway to eastern and central Africa’s landlocked economies and plans are underway to improve the country’s transportation and communications infrastructure.
Sources: CIA World Factbook, Economist Intelligence Unit, GOV.UK, World Bank
For more detailed information when trading with Tanzania, download our Tanzania Fact Sheet.
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Gateways into the Country: 1
Number of Service Centres: 6
DHL Delivery Zone: 10
Vehicle Fleet: 41
|Tanzania: Country Profile|
|Capital:||Dodoma||EXPORTS FROM TANZANIA|
|Population:||49.6 million||Exports from
|US$ 6.084 billion (2014 est.)|
|Area:||947,300 sq km||Export Commodities:||Gold, coffee, cashew nuts, manufactures, cotton|
|Currency:||1 Tanzanian shilling (TZS) = 100 senti||Top Export Destinations:||India, China, Japan, Germany, UAE|
|GDP:||US$ 92.53 billion (2014 est.)||IMPORTS INTO TANZANIA|
|Time Zones:||East Africa Time (UTC+3); no daylight savings time observed||Imports into
|US$ 11.95 billion (2014 est.)|
|Languages:||Kiswahili / Swahili (official), English (official, primary language of commerce, administration, and higher education), Arabic (widely spoken in Zanzibar), many local languages||Import Commodities:||Consumer goods, machinery and transportation equipment, industrial raw materials, crude oil|
|Top Import Origins:||China, India, South Africa, Kenya, UAE|
|The times provided for
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in Tanzania to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
|Destination||Non-Dutiable Shipment||Dutiable Shipment|
|Dar es Salaam||3 days||3 days|
|Dodoma||5 days||5 days|
|Mbeya||5 days||5 days|
|Mtwara||5 days||5 days|
|Shinyanga||6 days||6 days|
|Tanga||3 days||3 days|
All goods shipments to Tanzania must be accompanied by the original Commercial Invoice – Pro Forma Invoices are not accepted. All importers (companies and individuals) must be registered with the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA – tra.go.tz), where they will be issued a Taxpayer Identification number (TIN).The TIN will be quoted on all Formal Import Entry Documents. Foreigners (non-Tanzanian citizens) may use their passports (originals – not copies) to clear imports.
For selected items (see restricted items section), the importer must provide approval from government bodies including Tanzania’s Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA – tfda.or.tz), Tanzania’s Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA – tcra.go.tz) and Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH – moh.go.tz).
Advertising brochures and pamphlets, non-advertising booklets and brochures, diaries
Max quantity: 100 pieces.
Max quantity: 5 pieces.
Books (hardback or paperback for non-commercial use), business cards, newspapers
Max quantity: 500 pieces.
Calendars, catalogues, labels
Only samples may be sent.
Chemicals (non-hazardous), liquids (non-hazardous), measuring apparatus
Provide approval from Tanzania’s Private Health Laboratories Board (part of MOH) – Tanzania’s Private Health Laboratories Board also levies a US$ 100 fixed fee on each chemical import.
Computer components & parts, computer software
No taxes or duties apply to imported computer equipment (including CPUs, Monitors, Printers, Keyboards, cabling, installed software).
Drugs (prescription & non-prescription), medical samples, foodstuffs
Importer to provide TFDA approval. A fee of 1.2% of the total value must be paid for each shipment. Private individuals importing drugs: provide a hospital prescription – prescriptions from drug stores are not acceptable. Quantities must be reasonable.
Medical/dental supplies & equipment
Importer may be exempt from certain taxes & duties if TFDA approval is provided – otherwise, full taxes & duties will be charged.
Mobile phones, accessories & components, radios, radio equipment or parts
Provide TCRA approval.
Foreign citizens: apply directly to Tanzania Customs for tax & duty exemptions. Senders and receivers must provide their passport and residence / work permit when applying for exemptions – no photocopies allowed.
For x-ray machines please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.