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Import regulations for used and new cars from Japan to Tanzania

New or used cars imported to Tanzania are shipped to the maritime port of Dar-Es-Salaam. Japan Car Direct LLC will organize the export from Japan up to the port of Dar-Es-Salaam.

Age Restriction
Tanzania unlike many other countries has no age limit on used vehicles. However the taxation of the car may change depending on the age of the vehicle. In general, if a vehicle is older than 10 years, higher taxes are applicable. To avoid any bad surprises, make sure your vehicle is under 10 years old.

Road Worthiness Inspection (JAAI Inspection)
All used or new cars imported from Japan to Tanzania must under go a “Road Worthiness Inspection”. Road Worthiness Inspection in case of all imports to Tanzania is Performed by JAAI.JAAI (Japan Automobile Appraisal Institute) is a non profit organization under the supervision of Japanese Goverment.

JAAI performs the Road Worthiness Inspection and Issues a Certificate. Should a used vehicle not pass the inspection, repairs must be performed in order to pass the inspection and be able to import it to Tanzania. If for some reason a vehicle arrives in Tanzania without JAAI Certificate, costly penalties are applicable to the importer or the owner of the vehicle.
All used cars exported to Tanzania by Japan Car Direct LLC have a JAAI certificate.

Inspection Criteria

    • Functionality:

To ensure safe driving in compliance with the safety regulations.

    • Exterior appearance:

No dimples or bumps that require plate work extending over an area greater than a quarter of the affected panel.
Corrosion must be repaired (Repair work using aluminum foil tape, etc., is not acceptable).
Any rusted or exposed surfaces must be painted.

    • Interior appearance:

The interior must be tidy without any excessive staining, etc.
The size of any damage to the seat covers, interior walls, sealing, etc. must not exceed 10 cm for a passenger car,
or 30 cm for a commercial or freight vehicle (Repair work using adhesive tape is not acceptable).

  • The windshield has no cracks or breakage greater than 1 cm.Wiper blade scratches must not obstruct the visibility of the driver.
  • The engine and other parts under the hood must be clean washed.Rusted parts must be painted with chassis black.
  • Tires must be in compliance with the safety regulations.
  • Others:As per the requests of the importing country.

Import Taxation in Tanzania
For all vehicles with the engine capacity up to: 2000cc:

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

For all vehicles with the engine capacity above 2000 cc:

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

For Buses, lorries, pick ups, passenger vans (Commercial units):

  • Import duty 15%
  • VAT 20%
  • Cumulatively this is 32% of dutiable value.
  • Import Declaration Fees

Import Declaration Fees can be calculated as follows:

  • FOB Price x 1.12 + (US$10 x Number of Units)


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