Tanzania Import Duties On Pickups

How to Import a Car to Tanzania: VAT & Duties (Updated for 2018)

Barriers that are not imposed via tariffs

Importers in Tanzania face the greatest challenges from the customs agency and the port authority. When dealing with Tanzania Revenue Authority customs officials, clearance delays and extralegal fees are usual (TRA). Importing items into the country can be hampered by these obstacles, which can cause unpredictably long delays. Large taxpayers with a track record of compliance, on the other hand, may benefit from speedier clearance and decreased auditing.

Import and export licenses have been repealed as a result of trade reforms, with the exception of products deemed sensitive for health and security reasons. In general, trade restrictions and standards reflect typical expectations for consumer health protection.

Import Customs Duties and Taxes

Duty exemptions are granted through bilateral and international trade agreements, as well as investment incentive packages. A small number of sensitive goods are given higher ratings, up to 100%. Moreover, unless the Tanzania Investment Center or the Ministry of Finance grant an exemption, all non-EAC imports are subject to an 18 percent VAT. Tanzania levies the EAC common external tariff on goods from non-EAC nations because it is a member of the East African Customs Union. Raw materials are exempt from tariffs, which vary from 0% to 10% for industrial items and 25% for consumer goods.

Duties on customs and excise Tanzania has mostly embraced the East African Community’s (EAC) Customs Management Act and Common External Tariff, with few exceptions for Tanzanian customs. Customs and excise duties are imposed at varied rates on a variety of items. Duties and taxes on items imported into the United States must be paid within 30 days of the date of assessment.

For passenger vans, buses, lorries, and pickup truck the import duty is 15%, the VAT is 20% and excise duty is 0%. Together, this is about 32% of the dutiable value of the vehicle

Classification of Customs

Tanzania is a member of the World Customs Organization and follows the harmonized international customs system.

      Procedures for Importing 

  1. The East African Community Customs Management Act (EACCMA) of 2004 governs import operations. It is recommended that the importer make a declaration through his designated Clearing and Forwarding Agent by lodging documentation at least 7 days before to the vessel’s arrival.
  1. To value represented, the importer must employ a Licensed Clearing and Forwarding Agent (CFA).
  1. The documents are lodged in the clearance system, Tanzania Customs Integrated System (Mainland) and ASYCUDA++ (Zanzibar), with all other applicable import/supporting paperwork attached. Importers/agents are encouraged to file their paperwork at least seven days before the products arrive.
  1. Agents for Attempting to clear and Forwarding
  1. The documentation method can be performed online through Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS) for imports to the mainland and ASYCUDA++ for imports to Zanzibar, and it can be done before the products arrive.