Tanzania - Country Commercial Guide
Import Tariffs

Includes information on average tariff rates and types that U.S. firms should be aware of when exporting to the market.

Last published date: 2021-03-10

Certain duty exemptions are made based on bilateral and multilateral trade agreements or investment incentive packages.  A selected list of sensitive goods is rated at higher rates, up to 100 percent.  In addition, a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 18 percent is charged on all non-EAC imports, unless exemption is received from the Tanzania Investment Center or Ministry of Finance.

As part of the East African Customs Union, Tanzania imposes the EAC common external tariff on goods from non-EAC countries.  The tariffs range from 0 percent for raw materials to 10 percent for industrial used goods and 25 percent for consumer goods.  As of January 1, 2010, there are no tariffs on EAC-origin goods from countries within the union. However, on occasion disputes have occurred between Tanzania and other EAC members and temporary bans or tariffs have been imposed.

Detailed information on current taxes, including import tariff lists, can be found at the Tanzania Revenue Authority website: https://www.tra.go.tz.