Tanzania Import Restrictions

In order to enter Tanzania, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Tanzania government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Tanzania, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Tanzania.

Tanzania Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Tanzanian authorities before posting:


  • Alcohol
  • Animal and animal products
  • Carpets
  • Coins
  • Computers
  • Contraceptvies
  • Films
  • Foodstuffs
  • Hides, skins, wools
  • Jewellery
  • Mineral Oils
  • Narcotics
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Plants and plant products
  • Pearls, precious stones and metals
  • Publications and books
  • Rubber Articles
  • Television receivers
  • Tobacco
  • Toys
  • War material
  • Weapons and parts thereof.

Tanzania requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit.

Special documentation requirements

All packages, unless addressed to a private person, require an inserted invoice. Senders should mark the article invoice enclosed.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Tanzania prohibits:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Alcohol and beverages
  • Footwear
  • Electrical Machinery
  • Lottery tickets
  • Preparations of cereals
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Photographic or cinematographic products
  • Advertising
  • Ships and boats
  • Vehicles and aircraft
  • Toys
  • Vegetable products

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