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Used cars: TBS selects a pre-shipment verifier

Saidi Mkwawa, import and export control officer at the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), told a press conference yesterday that henceforth vehicle inspection will be carried out by Japan-based EAA Co. Ltd.

“The inspection fee is $150 per vehicle, so no additional cost is involved,” he said, noting that vehicles purchased and exported or loaded onto vessels before yesterday will be inspected by TBS without additional charges.

PVoC is designed to reduce repair costs for vehicle buyers, he said, adding that the office was looking for other vehicle inspection agents in the UK, Dubai and Singapore. Used vehicle importers and dealers will be notified of the selection of agents, he said.

On March 30, President Samia Suluhu Hassan questioned the rationale for inspecting imported vehicles upon arrival at Dar es Salaam port, lambasting the regulation as causing unnecessary delays for carrier vessels.

As we do not manufacture any vehicles in Tanzania, an agency at their point of origin is better than doing it here, she said, pointing to the lack of potential added value in case of question.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has been tasked with addressing the issue by looking at localized inspection as opposed to country of origin checks.

In April last year, the TBS had embarked on the inspection of vehicles at the port of Dar es Salaam upon their arrival, with owners paying $150 (346,500/-) as inspection fees.

The decision came after TBS was deemed to have built the necessary capacity for vehicle inspections, “so it was only right that they start practicing what they were trained to do at great cost”.