Tanzania Customs and Equipment
Tanzania does NOT work with the ATA Carnet system. Any equipment brought into Tanzania (including Zanzibar) has to be done through a Temporary Import Permit – which identifies all the equipment (with serial numbers) and US$-based values. This is important because if any payment has to be made (see below) the value of this payment is determined by the value of the equipment – this is done by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) in Dar Es Salaam. And let’s be clear about this it is not a cheap or easy process….
There are three ways to go about clearing equipment into Tanzania :
Straightforward Payment – A non-refundable fee, based on the value of the equipment, is paid to Tanzania Revenue Authority. It cannot be paid internationally – it has to be paid in Tanzania – in Tanzania Shillings (even though the value is based in Dollars). This can be extremely expensive – around US$2000 for a small amount of equipment…
Bonded Agent – you engage the services of a registered clearing agent, who manage the entire process for you. You ride on the back of their bond (insurance) already lodged with TRA – and they charge you a fee for this. This also wortks out very costly, as it involves their personnel clearing the equipment in and out of the country as well as the cost of the documentation and insurance as well.
Securing Deposit – you essentially pt down a large sum of money (amount determined by TRA based on the value of the equipment). The entire amount is refunded once you leave the country – provided that all the equipment is accounted for. But it is not that simple. Firstly, it can be close to US$10 000… Secondly, it needs to be paid – in Tanzania Shillings – into the TRA bank account (in Tanzania – so no international transfer) and, thirdly, they will refund the money to a nominated Tanzanian bank account.
Film Fixers has established relationships with TRA as well as people on the ground that can facilitate the chosen method of clearance. And we can make it cost effective and seamless for you.