Imports Inspection

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) implements product conformity assessment for the control of certain categories of imported consumer goods.

Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC) is a conformity assessment procedure used to verify that products to be imported into Tanzania are in conformity with applicable national standards before shipment. It is conformity assessment and verification procedure to specific goods at exporting countries. It is provided for by section 4(1) (s) of the Standards Act No. 2 of 2009.

Before shipping to Tanzania all consignments subject to PVoC must obtain the mandatory custom clearance documents and certificate of conformity (CoC) without which the commodities arriving at Tanzanian Ports will be rejected or fined.

The PVoC is carried out by authorized third-party agencies, consisting of physical inspection with combination of laboratory testing, documentary review and factory audits, where necessary.

Key Benefits

  • Protects consumers’ health, safety and security.
  • Blocks unfair competition from substandard imports.
  • Facilitates customs clearance.
  • Eliminates destruction or re-exporting costs for substandard goods.
  • Prevents Tanzania from being a dumping ground for substandard goods.

Kindly download the following attachments for more details:

1. PVoC Certification Procedure

detailed pvoc general goods 2020 1

2. Regulated HS Codes under PVoC Programme

pvoc regulated hs code 2020 new

3. Regulated HS Codes under Used Motor Vehicles

vehicles regulated hs codes 2020

4. TBS PVoC Partners Addresses

tbs pvoc partners liaison offices addresses general goods

bureau veritas contacts sheet worldwide

ccic contact list

sgs pca contacts worldwide 04032015

intertek contact address worlwide

5. Zones of PVoC Service Providers

service provider and their zones

6. Applicable Penalty for Uninspected Consignments under PVoC Programme

pvoc penalities 2020

7. Summarized PVoC Procedure - 5 Steps

pvoc summarised procedure 2020

8. Contact Addresses of PVoC Partners of Used Motor Vehicles

used motor vehicles pvoc agents contact addresses

9. PVoC Procedure for Used Motor Vehicles

pvoc procedures for vehicles 2020

10. Exemptions under the PVoC Programme

pvoc exemptions

di general goods summary 2020


Destination Inspection (DI)

Destination Inspection is focused on the conformity assessment of imported goods after arrival in the country. This applies to all goods in the destination inspection compulsory list and goods that were imported without a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) under the PVoC programme.

Kindly download the following attachments for more details:

1. Compulsory List of the HS Codes

di regulated hs code 2020

2. Procedure for the Clearance of General Good Regulated under Destination Inspections

di general goods summary 2020

3. DI Penalties

Items regulated under PVoC which have been imported without a Certificate of Conformity shall be subjected to penalties. The consignment penalty details are attached below:

di penalities 2020

4. DI Used Motor Vehicles

Procedure for the clearance of used motor vehicles under Destination Inspection Scheme

di used vehicles 2020


In order to access online application system, please click the link below;

http://oas.tbs.go.tz