Member of EAC - East African Community
African Growth and Opportunity Act beneficiary country
The customs department and the port authorities are the greatest hindrance to importers throughout Tanzania. Clearance delays and extra‑legal levies are commonplace when dealing with customs officials within the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA). These hindrances can cause unpredictable delays when importing goods into the country. However there are some benefits for large taxpayers who have a track record of compliance, including expedited clearance and reduced auditing.
Customs and excise duties Tanzania generally has adopted the East African Community (EAC) Customs Management Act and Common External Tariff, although differences may exist for Tanzanian customs purposes. Customs and excise duties are levied on a range of goods, at various rates. Duties and taxes on importation of goods are payable within 30 days from the date of assessment.
Import procedures have to follow the East African Community Customs Management Act (EACCMA) 2004. The importer is advised to make declaration through his appointed Clearing and Forwarding Agent by lodging documents at least 7 days before arrival of the vessel.
Kenyan supermarket chain Nakumatt is active in Tanzania, with five stores. A number of other foreign brands such as Game (South Africa), Mr Price (South Africa) and Baby Shop (Bahrain) also have a limited presence. However, not everyone has found success in the Tanzanian market. In 2012, Kenyan retailer Deacons pulled out of the country citing expensive rentals, long supply chain lead times, a small upper-middle class and the generally high cost of doing business as the major reasons for its exit.
South African chain Shoprite also sold its three outlets to Nakumatt, describing its operations in Tanzania as unprofitable.
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