Traders from both developing and developed countries have long pointed to the vast amount of “red tape” that still exists in moving goods across borders, and which poses a particular burden on small and medium-sized enterprises. The Trade Facilitation Agreement contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues. The Agreement will help improve transparency, increase possibilities to participate in global value chains, and reduce the scope for corruption. The TFA was the first Agreement concluded at the WTO by all of its Members, including Tanzania, and it entered into force on 22 February 2017.
Under the Article 1.1 of the TFA, Members countries are required to publish trade-related information in a prompt, non-discriminatory and easily accessible manner. Article 1.2 additionally requires Member countries to publish the main information on importation, exportation and transit procedures through the internet.
To fulfil its obligations under the TFA, The United Republic of Tanzania has developed and launched the Tanzania Trade Portal as a tool for publishing and making accessible to all public and private actors the relevant information on trade procedures. Much of the information required in the various provisions of Art. 1 is provided in this Trade Portal’s step-by-step presentation of trade procedures, accessible through the search bar on the Home Page.
The purpose of this Trade Facilitation Repository is to help users find relevant information related to each of the Article’s provisions.”
Article 1.1: Publication
a) Procedures for importation and exportation (including port, airport, and other entry-point procedures), and required forms and documents;
b) Applied rates of duties and taxes of any kind imposed by governmental agencies on or in connection with importation, exportation or transit;
c) Fees and charges for services rendered in connection with trade procedures
d) Rules for the classification or valuation of products for customs purposes;
e) Laws, regulations, and administrative rulings of general application relating to rules of origin;
f) Import, export or transit restrictions or prohibitions;
g) Procedures for appeal or review;
h) Agreements or parts thereof with any country or countries relating to importation exportation, or transit; and
i) Procedures relating to the administration of tariff quotas.