The platform Tanzania Trade Portal which was launched on 08th July, 2021 provides detailed information on the procedures for import and export of specific commodities. Through the portal, users will find out which procedures they must complete; learn exactly how to obtain preliminary licences and registrations, mandatory permits and certificates; as well as how to have goods processed and cleared by the Customs Administration. Trade procedures are presented in a sequential and step-by-step manner, with each step containing the relevant information on the following 9 elements:
i. Where to go: the entity, unit and person in charge and also the link if a procedure or step is online
The Trade Portal provides information on full trade procedures through different corridors, including via shipping ports, airports and entry/exit-points. To date, trade procedures through five (5) corridors have been published. By design, the Trade Portal is intended to provide step-by-step procedures for specific commodities. Since the establishment of the Trade Portal in 2017, a total of 328 procedures was published with 1536 steps and 131 legal documents, Around 995 forms and requirements, Close to 239 civil servants with contact details and approximately Up to 1677 visits a weekly have been published and can be viewed using the search bar on the Home Page. To improve the portal for more availability of information Trade Development Authority (TanTrade) shall continuously grow the number of procedures and commodities on the Trade Portal.
The trade portal demo video presents an overview and its functionalities
Export means to take or cause goods to be taken out of partner states. All Exports are free of duty and taxes except for three items:
- Raw hides and skins are chargeable to export levy at the rate of 80% of FOB value or USD 0.52 per kg, depending on whichever is greater.
- Raw cashew nuts are chargeable to export levy at the rate of 15% of FOB value or USD 160 per metric ton, depending on whichever is higher.
- Wet blue leather is levied at the rate of 10% on FOB.