Doing any business requires one to obtain a valid trading or business licence from the city, municipality or local authority. In order to be given a licence one also needs to have an account with a commercial bank.
As for export business, there are additional procedures and documentation needed. These include filling in the shipping documents and Single Bill of Entry (SBE). These forms are obtainable from the Customs authorities.
Export licences in Tanzania are not required except for few products considered sensitive. These include wildlife products whose licences are issued by the Wildlife Department, Forestry products by the Forestry Department and fishery products under the Fishing Department.
Other traditional products that require a clearance or permit from the respective marketing boards, before they can be exported, include coffee, tea, sisal, pyrethrum, tobacco, cotton and strategic grains.
- All licences and permits are renewable on an annual basis but some items are consignment controlled, e.g. CITES certificates for wildlife products.
- Export Registration is no longer practised
- Trading/business licences are obtainable from City, Municipality or Town Authorities.
- To open an account with a commercial bank is obligatory
Products that require an export licence
- Wildlife products - Wildlife Department
- Forestry products - Forestry Department
- Fisheries products - Fisheries Department
- Minerals & Precious stones - Commissioner of minerals
Clearance / Permit from a relevant department or institution is necessary for the following:
- Coffee - Tanzania Coffee Board
- Tea - Tanzania Tea Board
- Pyrethrum - Tanzania Pyrethrum Board
- Tobacco - Tanzania Tobacco Board
- Sisal - Tanzania Sisal Authority
- Cotton - Tanzania Cotton Authority
- Food (Staples) - Stock Grain Reserve - Ministry of Agriculture
Non-traditional commodities and manufactured goods do not require export licences / permit.