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Capital City

77 Mio.

National languages
English, Kiswahili.

Tanzanian Schilling

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 32.54 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 703

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 19,69 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 24,27 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Tanzania

Swiss-Tanzanian relations are cordial and reflect a long history of mutually fruitful interaction. The some 30 Swiss companies represented in Tanzania, the approximately 400 members of the Swiss community, and a substantial co-operation programme of the Swiss Government are the main pillars of these relations.

Economic cooperation

Trade between the two countries is negligable in traditional commodities physically traded. Today, the Tanzanian economy relies on considerable Swiss know-how in tourism and hospitality, international forwarding, and commodity trading. A direct air link between Zurich and Dar es Salaam has been operating for over 40 years and facilitates bilateral contacts, especially with regard to trade and investment, as well as tourism.

Business language

English, Kiswahili.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.


National currency Tanzanian Schilling (T.Sh.) = 100 Cents (Ct.).

ISO code: TZS

Customs tariff

Harmonised system, customs clearance based on the CIF value.

Import control

The very extensive import and customs regulations which are currency in place mean that we recommend obtaining information on the current provisions. Information can be provided by: The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, p.o. Box 2744, Dar-es-Salaam.

Specific Import Licences are required for import and are generally valid for one year. Some products are on the negative list.

Send a copy to the central bank. Forms are available from banks or customs offices for 10 USD. Imports can only be made through registered agents.

The majority of imports are through state-controlled companies.

Special provisions apply to imports from the entity of Zanzibar. The Board of Trade is responsible for this.

Standard VAT rate: 18%

Foreign currencies are freely available from bureaux de changes. Regular controls by the central bank set exchange rates. Both Tanzanian nationals and foreign nationals can hold foreign currency accounts.

Pre-shipment inspection

Regardless of whether they are imported under an Open General Licence or with a Specific Import Licence, goods must be subjected to a Destination Inspection (DI) and a price comparison at least 10 days before they are sent to Tanzania.

Inspection certificates (Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity) must be applied for before shipment when exporting certain groups of goods. The following come into this category, for example: electrical products, replacement parts for vehicles (consular invoices) in category Z, chemicals etc. This must be applied for before loading. Contact: Antaser Afrique Sprl, Duboisstraat 46, 2060 Anvers (Belgium), e-mail: info@antaser.com The ECTN number must be indicated on the freight documents and the manifest.

Terms of payment and tenders

Irrevocable, confirmed letter of credit.

Invoices in GBP and USD are standard. Invoices in EUR are also possible. CFR basis to the port of Dar-es-Salaam. Importers must ensure transport in Tanzania.

Tenders and brochures etc. must be in English where possible, with easily understandable texts and figures.

Designations of origin

Not required on goods but goods must indicate the country of origin.


All goods which are imported to Tanzania via Dar-es-Salaam must also have a red cross on them in addition to the standard markings which is clearly visible on the marking side of the packaging and has bars of at least 30 cm in length, otherwise a separate sorting fee will be charged.


Seaworthy packaging. Do not use hay and straw as packaging materials.

The port authorities have passed certain palletisation regulations (ask the freight forwarder).

Product samples

Duty free where there is no retail value.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and:

a) Freight shipments: uncertified bills of lading, 1 commercial invoice in English with all standard information including the gross and net weight, precise description of the goods, discounts and country of origin, uncertified. The commercial invoice is the basis of the customs calculation in Tanzania;

b) Customs invoices are not required;

c) Certificates of origin are not required;

d) Packing list;

e) Bills of lading uncertified; order bills of lading permissible if a notify address is given;

f) Postal packages up to 31.5 kg: 1 foreign dispatch note, 2 customs declaration in English.