Export to Tanzania

Tanzania, a politically stable free market economy, has extensive natural resources including natural gas and arable land. 80 per cent of the country’s population works in the agriculture sector, though diversification measures are in place with a focus on retail, communications, financial services and construction.

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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DHL Facts

Locations: 70

Gateways into the Country: 1

Number of Service Centres: 6

DHL Delivery Zone: 10

Vehicle Fleet: 41

Tanzania: Country Profile
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
Transit Times
The times provided for
dutiable shipments
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
  • Further Information

    DHL can assist you with trading with Tanzania. Contact the DHL team on 0844 248 0675

    DHL Customer Services is also available on 0844 248 0844

    Calls to DHL UK phone numbers beginning ‘084’ cost 7 pence per minute, plus your phone company’s

  • Duty Free Allowance

Essential Customs Information

For an estimate of landed costs (duties, taxes and other import fees) for shipments going to Tanzania use the free and interactive DHL Express Trade Automation Services (TAS) tool, TAS also provides information on regulations compliance and trade documentation.

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 –, 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 –, Tanzania’s Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA – and Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH –

Prohibited items specific to Tanzania:

The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.

  • Asbestos
  • Blank invoices
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • Firearms, or parts of
  • Furs
  • Industrial (manufactured) diamonds
  • Items which could be considered offensive to Muslim culture
  • Ivory

Restricted items specific to Tanzania:

Advertising brochures and pamphlets, non-advertising booklets and brochures, diaries
Max quantity: 100 pieces.

Blank forms
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.

Personal effects
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.