Guideline to Suppliers
Importing of goods into Tanzania. There are formal governmental procedures to be taken into consideration. The following document will describe the procedures that have to be passed and it will also state what is required from you at the different stages. Unless the following guidelines are cautiously and timely followed up there will most certainly be delays in shipment of goods which will consequently result to late clearance and delivery of the goods to the final customer.
The supplier can be held responsible for any additional costs incurred on shipment due non-compliance of the import procedures.
1. Import Declaration Form (IDF)
All imports to Tanzania require an IDF. When the importer in Tanzania applies for an IDF, the information to be filled out on the application is to be provided by the supplier together with a Proforma Invoice. Following information is required on the Proforma Invoice to facilitate accurate application of IDF.
Required from the supplier
1. Specification and a clear description of the quantity and quality of the goods
2. Free On Board (FOB) Value
3. Freight Value (if applicable)
4. Customs Harmonised Commodity Code
5. Currency of the payment
6. Mode of Transportation
7. Goods Country of Origin
8. The Proforma invoice number and final invoice number must read same.
2. Introduction to Destination Inspection (DI)
The Tanzania Revenue Authority has mandated that effective July 1st, 2004 all imports into Tanzania will be subject to Destination Inspection by TANZANIA INSPECTION SERVICE CO. (TISCAN). This is a Tanzanian registered company and a member of the COTECNA S.A GROUP.
3. Objectives of DI in Tanzania
The key objectives of PSI in Tanzania are as follows
1. To verify the quality and quantity of imports
2. To assist Customs with the collection of the correct amounts of duties and taxes
3. To provide Customs with an independent opinion of the Dutiable Value for Customs purposes
4. To verify the accuracy of tariff codes classifications
5. Computation of the correct duties and taxes payable
6. To provide the Government of Tanzania with reliable and up-to-date statistics related to Trade and Customs revenues
4. Imports subject to DI
All imports to Tanzania irrespective of value
5. Imports exempted from DI
· Commercial samples and goods returning after repair
· Supplies to Diplomatic Missions or International Organizations
· Transit Goods
· Parcel post goods or express couriers not exceeding USD 5,000 in value
· Emergency supplies airlifted as may be approved by the Tanzania Revenue Authority
6. Preparation for DI
As soon as an importer has arranged to import goods and has entered into a contract with an overseas supplier, he should apply to his Commercial Bank for an Import Declaration Form (IDF).
The importer must present a Proforma Invoice for the goods to be imported and will be obliged to pay a Destination Inspection Processing Fees of 1.2% of the FOB value to his Commercial Bank.
The Bank will then transfer the IDF and Proforma Invoice to Importer and TISCAN in Dar-es-Salaam, usually within the same working day. Importers and agents have to ensure that an IDF with all relevant Documents reach the Inspection Company at least 10 working days prior to arrival of the goods.
7. Risk Profiling
With each import, associated risk is identified through risk profiling.
· Low risk (Green Channel) – Goods may be released without physical inspection
· Medium risk (Yellow Channel) – Full Container Load (FCL) consignments will be subject to x-ray scanning
· High risk (Red Channel) – Goods shall be subject to physical inspection by Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) to determine compliance
8. The DI Process
9. Shipping Documents
10. Tanzania – DI Process
TANZANIA INSPECTION SERVICE CO. (TISCAN)