In July 2009, the government of Tanzania announced a change in import duties.



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Speech by the minister for finance and economic affairs, Hon. Mustafa Haidi Mkulo (MP), introducing to the National assembly the estimates of government revenue and expenditure for the financial year 2009/10.

Inception date: 01 Jul 2009 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

In the 2009/10 budget statement read on 11June 2009, the following amendments that have potential implications for international commerce were proposed:

  1. Zero-rating for certain services when exported (paragraph 11).
  2. "zero-rating VAT on locally manufactured bags in order to promote growth of local industries that manufacture the product" (paragraph 11)
  3. "in compliance with the East African Community Protocol requirements, the EAC Ministers for Finance, agreed to amend import duty rates by exempting duty on raw materials and other inputs imported by TANELEC for manufacturing of transformers and switch gears; and exempting import duty on hand hoes and other imported agricultural inputs and implements" (paragraph 13).
  4. "Exempt VAT on the services of loading and unloading into local vessels of incoming cargo from outside the country provided that the initial service of unloading the cargo froma foreign going ship at the first point of disembark was charged VAT. The measure is intended to encourage importers to use Tanga and Mtwara ports as a way to reduce congestion at the Dar es Salaam port" (paragraph 72(xv))
  5. "Beer made from local un-malted cereals from shillings 194 per litre to shillings 209 per litre; Other beers from shillings 329 per litre to shillings 354 per litre;" (paragraph 72.iii)
  6. "Wine produced with more than 25% imported grapes from shillings 1,053 per litre to shillings 1,132 per litre" (paragraph 74.iii.d)
  7. Excise duties on cigarettes made with less than 75 percent domestic tobacco to rise by more than cigarettes that comply with 75 percent domestic tobcco content requirement.
  8. Application of different tariff increases, decreases, and exemptions for many other products according to the East African Community Customs Management Act (paragraph 77). Includes delays in cutting of tariffs on wheat grain and increase in tariffs on youghurt and buttermilk.

All measures were effective from 1 July 2009.