Complaint number
NTB Type
2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin  
General Motors East Africa sold some vehicles to its dealer in Tanzania which vehicles were charged duty, despite the provisions of the rules of origin which qualify vehicles assembled from CKD as local products and should be sold free of duty within EAC. The Rules of Origin were gazette on the 23rd day of January 2015 and they are fully operational. This is a clear violation of the EAC Rules of Origin. Copies of the EAC Certificate of Origin, the Commercial invoice, the Import Duty Assessment Document & the Import Duty Payment Note for four vehicles that were charged duty at the Namanga border are available for scrutiny if required. We sought an explanation from the Tanzania Revenue Authority but they have not given a substantial explanation except that, in their opinion the rules take effect from October this year  
Status note
The new EAC rules became fully operational in Tanzania at the end of April 2016 and the the operational manuals were circulated to all borders. The vehicles qualifies for preferential treatment under the new rules. This issue was considered resolved during EAC 20th NTBs Forum  
Progress update note
On 11 September 2015, Tanzania Focal point reported that they were in consultations with officials from the Tanzania Revenue Authority. The outcome of these consultations would be communicated to the Kenyan authorities .  
Policy or regulatory NTB
Tanzania: Namanga (Border post)  
Reporting Country or Region
Date of incident
Date of resolution
Product Description
Total value
Date reported
2015-09-14 15:56  
2016-07-11 13:34