Tanzania Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Tanzania Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Tanzania


Year Restrictions
No Age Limit
Destination Port
Dar Es Salaam
Time of Shipment
RoRo (24-34 Days)
Vessel Schedule
RoRo (Monthly)
Shipping Line
Hoegh Autoliners


Shipping Ports

Used car from Japan are shipped to the port of Dar Es Salaam to be imported in Tanzania.


Inspection Required

JAAI Inspection is elementary for vehicles imported from Japan. Vehicles being imported to Tanzania from Japan are required to have passed the JAAI inspection. Before importing a vehicle from Japan, make sure the vehicle has taken the JAAI inspection. Along with the shipping documents, certificate of JAAI will also be sent.


Age Restrictions

There is no age limit on the import of used cars in Tanzania from Japan. However used motor vehicles of 8 years of age or more, counted from the year of manufacture are charged additional excise duty while imported in Tanzania:

  • Non Utility Vehicles charged at the rate of 25percent

  • Utility Vehicles charged at the rate of 5percent

With effect from 1st July, the parliament has announced the age restriction to be 8 years instead of 10 years, beyond it dumping fess is applicable.

  • This applies to light cars and trucks but does not apply to machinery.

  • The old age fees started with effect from 1st July 2014(Commencement of new fiscal year).

Importation of cars, vans, trucks, buses etc meant to be driven on public roads in Tanzania are subject to this new rule. However, this new age restriction is not valid to Cargo in transit, machinery and earth moving equipment like grader, bulldozers, agricultural equipment.


Documents Required

  • Bill of Lading

  • Export Certificate

  • Proforma Invoice


  • Agent’s Authorization Letter from the importer

  • Import permits from TFDA, TBS etc


Import Taxation in Tanzania

  • Vehicles with the engine capacity up to 2000cc:

  • Import duty 25%
  • VAT 20%
  • Cumulatively this is 50% of dutiable value.

  • Vehicles with the engine capacity above 2000 cc:

  • Import duty 25%
  • Excise duty 10%
  • VAT 20%
  • Cumulatively this is 65% of dutiable value.


Excise Duty

Excise Duty is a duty charged on specific goods and services manufactured locally or imported on varying rates. Excise Duty on Motor vehicles imported in Tanzania is charged based on cylinder capacity as follows:

Vehicle of cylinder capacity not exceeding 1000cc 0%
Vehicle of cylinder capacity exceeding 1000cc but not exceeding 2000cc 5%
Vehicle of cylinder capacity exceeding 2000cc 10%


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