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Dar es Salaam (TZDAR), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam (TZDAR), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), P. O. Box 1130, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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255 22-2113646
Sokoine Dr, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
10 million tonnes
9,619,876 TEUs

Requirements to ship to the ports

Importers in Tanzania are required to establish whether or not the goods to be imported are subject to Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC). In general, any shipment valued at over USD 5,000 is subject to PVoC. Some goods are exempt from PVoC. 1.2 percent of FOB value must be paid to a designated commercial bank.

Importers must provide full contact details of actual suppliers.

Military items are not accepted for import without prior approval by Line or Operations Manager.

About the port

Dar es Salaam is the main port of Tanzania. It handles almost 95% of the country’s international trade. The International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) lists the port as the 4th largest port in the African continent operating on the Indian Ocean coastline.


The port’s 2,600 meter-long quay is bifurcated into - container terminal, grain terminal, general cargo terminal, oil terminal, and storage yard. It is also equipped with different types of boats to support shipping operations and navigation aids, and equipment to handle containers and general cargo. The port has a capacity to handle 3.1 million tonnes of general cargo, 9,619,876 TEUs and 6 million tonnes of liquid cargo.


Initially known as Mzizima, the port was given its present name - Dar Es Salaam, by Sultan Sayyid Maji, Sultan of Zanzibar, in the year 1866. It experienced a short period of stagnation after the Sultan’s death in 1870. In 1887, the port operations were revived by the German East Africa Company which started a based there. Today, it is the main port of Tanzania.


Dar Es Salaam port provides access to international shipping trade to landlocked countries like Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. It links the trade routes between Middle East, Far East, Australia, Europe, and America and between Central and East Africa.