Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods


Import Tariffs
Market Information

Last updated on 10/06/2017

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Maria D'Andrea-Yothers at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**

Import Tariffs - Tanzania
Tanzania is a member of the East African Community (EAC) customs union along with Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda. Customs tariffs, rules of origin, import prohibitions, and trade remedy regulations have been harmonized through the EAC. Tanzania imposes the EAC common external tariff on goods imported from non-EAC countries. These import tariffs are levied at an ad-valorem rate on the cost, insurance and freight (c.i.f.) value of goods at the point of entry to the EAC customs union.

East African Community (EAC): Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
0 - 10
0 - 10
10 - 25
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
0 - 25
Woven Fabric
25 - 50*
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
25 - 50*
Knit Fabric
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
0 - 25
25 - 50*
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
0 - 50*


Travel Goods



10 - 25

*In the EAC CET, some goods are listed on Sensitive Items (SI) list and are subject to rates of 50%
**Some items are subject to per unit tariffs.

For more detailed tariff information, see the EAC CET 2017. See also, the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website. The Tanzania Revenue Authority has tariff information, but as of October 24, 2012, it did not appear to be up-to-date.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--A value added tax (VAT) is levied at a standard rate of 18 percent on the sale price of locally produced goods and services, and on the customs-duty inclusive c.i.f. value of imports. In addition to customs tariffs, certain imports are also subject to a destination inspection fee of 1.2 percent on the f.o.b. value and a US$10 customs inspection fee (which includes the ASYCUDA-Automated System for Customs Data, to streamline the operation of customs-fee).

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Tanzania)

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards - TBS requires that certain products obtain pre-export verification of conformity (PVoC) for exports into Tanzania. All products subject to PVoC must obtain a certificate of conformity (CoC) issued by an authorized PVoC service provider in the country of export prior to shipment. The CoC confirms that the products comply with the relevant Tanzanian technical regulations or approved equivalent international/regional standards. The PVoC procedure applies to products subject to technical regulations, which includes used textiles, toys, furniture, safety equipment, and electrical products.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Tanzania Revenue Authority

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the website.

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Import Restrictions (Tanzania)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
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Standards - Tanzania

See the Tanzania Bureau of Standards - TBS for copies of final standards, as well as a list of compulsory standards. Tanzania has compulsory standards for various textile products (e.g., fabrics, home furnishings, protective textiles, medical textiles and personal sanitary textile products), footwear and leather.

Many voluntary standards have been harmonized for uniform application by EAC members. The East African Standards Committee - EASC develops new standards or harmonizes existing ones. A comprehensive list of the up-to-date East African standards is contained in the on the EAC Standards Technical Management Committee – STMC webpage.

Local standards organization and other resources:

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.

Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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Labeling - Tanzania

Tanzania has the following standards related to labeling textile and apparel products:

  • TZS 691 - General labeling of all products manufactured from textiles
  • TZS 692 - Textiles – Guide for care labeling of textiles for laundering and drycleaning
  • TZS 693 - Textiles – Size designation of clothes – Women’s and girl’s outwear garments
  • TZS 898 - Textiles – Specifications for school wear for boys and girls – Requirements for making school wear
In early 2017, Tanzania notified to the World Trade Organization, a draft standard describing the system of graphic symbols representing care information to be used on the label for textile articles. The symbols used in the standard are the subject of International trademarks held by GINETEX (the International Association for Textile Care Labelling).

See the Tanzania Bureau of Standards - TBS for copies of final standards, as well as a list of compulsory standards.

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Market Information - Tanzania

No specific information is available.

U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:

OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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