New Vehicle Inspection by TBS in Tanzania: Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) fears vehicles inspection upon arrival in the country, saying the latest introduced move aims at creating employment for Tanzanians and boost the country’s revenue. The clarification follows mixed reactions by stakeholders, with some commending the move, while others cautioning over the possibilities of fuelling corruption and bureaucracy.
According to TBS, from March 1, this year, all imported vehicles will be inspected upon arrival in the country. Contrary to the current system in which the vehicles are being inspected abroad. This means that the inspection fee paid abroad now paid locally.
Better Quality and Minimize Cost
The decision will also enable Tanzanians to gain experience. So, it will ensure better quality and minimize cost. TBS is currently capable of conducting inspections with Japan Auto Appraisal Institute (JAAI). The standards regulator will deal only with vehicles destined to Tanzania and not on transit.
The inspection will be done after all other procedures have been completed at the port. After the completion of all clearing procedures, the vehicles will be taken to the four yards set aside for the task. There each yard will have specific vehicles to be inspected. Similarly, vehicles that found to be non-compliant with the required standards will have their own yard outside the port at the ‘UDA’ yard.
“All vehicles will be unloaded and stored at the special areas. There are four yards where one will be for small cars called Road On road Off (Ro-Ro) if full they will be transferred to another yard called Kitopeni on the fuel side. Lighter Quay yard and Copper yard will be used for large vehicles while UDA yards will be used for vehicles with technical faults which need to be repaired,”.
The TBS has prepared 12 sets of vehicle inspection equipment of which. Eight sets will be used in Ro-Ro for small vehicles. Two sets for large vehicles, one set for Kitopeni yard, and the other set for the UDA yard.
Also, All stakeholders have been involved and will meet with clearing. And forwarding companies to create a better environment to make the work easier and friendlier. The vehicle couldn’t be registered in the country. Further, if it had not received a certificate of inspection from the relevant authority, which is TBS. The cost of the inspection would be $140, plus a service charge of US$ 30 totaling US$ 180.
Under the present system, the payment is US$ 150 with TBS receiving only 30%. The bureau inspects the imported vehicles abroad through its three agents from Japan and one from Dubai. The contracts with the 4 agents will come to an end soon.
Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association (TAFFA)
The system will boost revenue since the inspection fee which was paid abroad will remain in the country adding that the most important thing for TBS to take into account is to ensure that the system does not cause problems to vehicle importers.
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