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Import Regulations For Used Cars From Japan To Tanzania

Importing Used Car from Japan to Tanzania


New or used cars imported to Tanzania are shipped to the maritime port of Dar-Es-Salaam. JapanTradeCar will organize the export from Japan up to the port of Dar-Es-Salaam
If you buy your car from, we will arrange export and shipping from Japan.

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.  For a list of used cars under ten years old, please click here

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.

It 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 JapanTradeCar have a JAAI certificate.

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)

Further Reading

Home Page of Tanzania Revenue Authority


Cheat Sheet

Year Restriction None
RWI Required Yes (JAAI)



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