Exporting guide to Tanzania


Tanzania is located on the East Coast of Africa. Due to its borders with Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, it can be a good gateway to these landlocked countries. In the year ended June 2019, total UK exports to Tanzania amounted to £176 million (IMF, 2019).

Growing export market

Tanzania is expected to see a growth in imports of 8.2% this year and 9.6% in 2020, with consistent growth expected to follow (IMF, 2019). This highlights a growing demand for imported goods which UK businesses could benefit from.

Improving economy

Tanzania saw a real GDP growth of 7.0% in 2018, with 5.2% estimated for 2019 and consistent growth expected to follow (IMF, 2019). This should lead to an increase in spending power for the Tanzanian consumer.

Demand for goods and services

In the year to June 2019, the top goods exported from the UK to Tanzania were road vehicles (other than cars), electrical goods, telecoms and sound equipment, industrial machinery and scientific instruments (ONS, 2019). In terms of services, the top services imported by Tanzania from the world were transport and travel (ITC Trade Map, 2019). Therefore, if you operate in any of these industries, Tanzania could be a good market for you.

A city view in Tanzania

Tanzania: at a glance


Tanzanian Shilling

Business language

English, Swahili

GDP per capita


Actual figure (IMF, 2021). The UK is $47,203 (IMF, 2021, projected figure)

Economic growth


(IMF, 2021)

Time zone

GMT +3

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