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Steps (41) arrow_drop_up arrow_drop_down
Obtain import registration certificate  (2) expand_more expand_less
Obtain registration certificate of premises  (6) expand_more expand_less
Obtain food registration certificate  (5) expand_more expand_less
Obtain food stuff importer registration certificate  (5) expand_more expand_less
Obtain food import permit  (5) expand_more expand_less
Pre-clearance documentation  (2) expand_more expand_less
Obtain verified certificate of conformity  (2) expand_more expand_less
Custom declaration  (14) expand_more expand_less

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Summary of the procedure

Institutions involved 11 expand_more expand_less

Ministry of Trade and Industry - head office
Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) - Trade and marketing department
The People's Bank of Zanzibar (PBZ) (x 6)
Zanzibar Food and Drugs Agency (Information Management System) (x 2)
Clearing Agent
Shipping Agents (x 2)
Zanzibar Bureau of Standards (ZBS) (x 2)
Tanzania Custom Intergrated System (x 2)
Zanzibar Ports Corporation (head office) (x 3)
TANZANIA REVENUE AUTHORITY - ZANZIBAR PORTS CUSTOMS OFFICE (x 2)

Results 8 expand_more expand_less

Registration certificate (export/import)
Registration certificate of premise (ZFDA)
Business permit of a premise (ZFDA)
Food registration certificate
Certificate of food stuff importer
Food import permit
Verified certificate of conformity (ZBS)
Release order

Required Documents expand_more expand_less

Business licence (Zanzibar) (x 2)
Certificate of Incorporation-Zanzibar (x 2)
Memorandum and articles of association (MEMART)
Identity card - Zanzibar
Coloured passport size photo
Application letter as importer
Application form for registration as exporter/importer
Application form for registration of premise
Application form for business permit - ZFDA
Tax Identification Number certificate (x 3)
Payment invoice (ZFDA) (x 4)
Stamped bank deposit slip
Food inspection form checklist (ZFDA)
Plant layout sample
ZFDA receipt (x 5)
PBZ Stamped banksSlip (x 4)
Filled application form for registration of food
Application form for registration as food importer
Registration certificate of premise (ZFDA)
PBZ Bank Slip (x 2)
Premise layout sketch
Profoma invoice
Bill of lading (x 2)
Packing list (x 2)
Certificate of origin (x 2)
Health certificate
Clearing agent's authorization letter for customs (x 2)
Certificate of conformity
Commercial invoice
Certificate of conformity
Bill of lading (x 4)
Packing list (x 2)
Commercial invoice (x 3)
Verified certificate of conformity (ZBS) (x 2)
Import permit (ZFDA)
Import declaration form
Tax payment slip
Clearing agent's authorization letter for shipping line
Profoma invoice (ZPC)
Delivery order (x 2)
Tanzania Single Administrative Document (TANSAD)
Gate pass (x 2)
Stamped delivery order

Estimated cost TZS  140,000 + USD  265

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TZS 5,000
Application form fee
TZS 20,000
Premise registration fee
TZS 20,000
Premise inspection fee except manufacturing factory
USD 250
Fee for registration of imported food products
USD 15
Retention fee paid annually
TZS 75,000
Food importer registration certificate fee
TZS 20,000
Premise inspection fee
TZS 0 -
0.5 % Free On Board (FOB)
TZS 0 -
0.3 % goods-value
TZS 0 -
1 % Custom value
Wharfage charges
TZS 0 -
18 % Custom value
if the trader has registered for VAT
TZS 0 -
0.6 % Custom value
custom processing unit
TZS 0 -
18 %
Value Added Tax
USD 0 -
USD  90 per container
Fee for a full container 20ft
USD 0 -
USD  50 per container
Fee for a full container load 20ft

Total Duration 95 d - 194 d expand_more expand_less

  Min. Max.
Total time (sum): 95 d 194 d
of which:
Waiting time in queue (sum): 1h. 4h. 30mn
Attention at counter: 4h. 15mn 9h. 35mn
Waiting time until next step (sum): 95 d 193 d

Laws 13 expand_more expand_less

East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004 (Revised Edition 2017) East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004 (Revised Edition 2019)
  Sections 2, 38, 41, 73, 74, 75, 76, 82, 123, 125, 126, 127, 145, 146, 147, 148, 181, 187, 188, 189
East African Community Customs Management Regulations (2010) East African Community Customs Management Regulations, 2010
  Sections 88, 89, 131
ZFDA Food Fees and Charges Food Fees and Charges (ZFDA)
  Sections 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11
GUIDELINES FOR FOOD IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION Guideline for food importation and exportation (ZFDA)
  Article 2.(4)
Guideline for registration and permit of food premises, 2018 Guideline for Registration and Permit of Food Premises, 2018
  Sections 2, 3
Guideline for registration of pre-packed food (ZFDA) Guideline for registration of pre-packed food (ZFDA)
Tarrif book of port duties and charges (ZPC) Tariff book of port duties and charges (ZPC)
  articles Clause 11, Clause 11 (1)
The value added tax Act, 2014 The Value Added Tax Act, 2014
  Section  3
The Zanzibar Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act, No 2 of  2006 The Zanzibar Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act, No 2 of 2006
  Sections 4), 16, 18 (3, 18, 19, 26, 36, 106, 107
The Zanzibar Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act, No 2 of 2006 Regulations The Zanzibar Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations, 2006
  Sections 3, 4, 27, 79
The Zanzibar Standards (Certification) Regulations, 2014  (Made Under Section 36) The Zanzibar Standards (Certification) Regulations, 2014 (Made Under Section 36)
  Sections 3 (1), 4 (1)
Zanzibar Trading Act of 2013 The Zanzibar Trading Act, 2013
  Sections 15, 16
Zanzibar Ports Corporation Act, No 1.1997 Zanzibar Ports Corporation Act, No 1.1997
  Section  55
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