IMPORT OF HOME CONSUMPTION (TANZANIA)

Introduction

Import means to bring or cause goods to be brought to Tanzania from a foreign country. Import procedures have to be followed in order to clear goods from Customs control as per the East Africa Community Customs Management Act (EACCMA) 2004.

Imports to Tanzania are subjected to different stages whereby the importer is advised to make declaration by lodging documents at least seven days before arrival of the vessel.

What are the importation procedures to Tanzania?

• The importer is required to appoint a Licensed Clearing and Forwarding Agent (CFA) to clear goods
• Documentation process is done online and can be completed before arrival of the goods
• Customs agents/importers are urged to complete a Pre- Arrival Declaration (PAD) on TRA PAD online system (Link) and submit the same to TRA along with other relevant import/ supporting documents at least 7 days prior to the arrival of the goods.

Note: For TANCIS users (Currently Dar es Salaam and Tunduma)

• Customs agents/importers are urged to complete a Declaration and self-assessment through Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS) and attach along with other relevant import/ supporting documents at least 7 days prior to the arrival of the good

Complete set of import documents include:

(FOR HOME CONSUPTION - TANZANIA)

• Final Invoice
• Declaration Form C 36
• Agent’s Authorization Letter
• Import permits i.e. TFDA, TBS, chemical permit etc
• Exemption documents (If any)
• Packing List
• Transport documents i.e Bill of Lading/Airway Bill/Road Consignment
• TIN Certificate (importer)

FOR TRANSIT CARGO

Complete set of import documents include

• Final Invoice
• Declaration Form C 36
• Agent’s Authorization Letter
• Transport documents i.e Bill of Lading/Airway Bill/Road Consignment
• PASSPORT COPY FOR CONSIGNEE

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