Tanzania to buy mobile heavy-duty scanners to ease congestion at Dar & Tanga ports

Harry Kitilya, Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority, said last week that the government wants to speed up clearing of containers at the two ports. He said TRA has already floated a tender for supply of scanners with higher capacity -- scanning up to 400 containers a day. Now ships with a capacity of 1,000 containers will be loaded and offloaded in two days, instead of five.

Tiscan Tanzania Ltd, a member of the Cotecna Group, has launched online services for clearing and forwarding agents to ease congestion at Dar port. Tiscan deals with destination inspection and container X-ray scanning services for imports into Tanzania. The company's deputy operations manager, Issa Jaye, said that agents and importers are now able to process their transactions from the comfort of their offices. The Tanzania Revenue Authority partnered with Tiscan to ease Customs documentation procedures. The services offered by Tiscan include commercial inspection, destination inspection, pre-shipment inspection, government services, risk management and container scanning. Tiscan Tanzania Ltd is registered in the country and is a member of the Cotecna Group of Switzerland.

The earlier pre-shipment inspection system formed a long chain of bureaucracy. Under this programme, Customs declaration is performed in Tanzania. Selected consignments requiring physical verification are inspected upon arrival in the country. X-ray scanning was initially done on imported containerised cargo. Scanners have been installed at KICD, JKNIA and other selected stations.

Excise duty is levied on seven items, each at its own rate. The items are beer, soft drinks, cigarettes, salon and station wagon cars with engine capacity exceeding 2000cc, plastic shopping bags, wine, mineral water and spirits, and petroleum products.

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