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The United Republic of Tanzania

Export Processing Zones Authority

Export Processing Zones Authority

Eligibility Criteria and Licensing Procedures

A. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR EPZ LICENSING

  1. New Investment
  2. Minimum annual export turnover of UD$ 100,000 for local investors and 500,000 for foreign investors
  3. At least 80% of goods produced must be exported


B. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SEZ LICENSING

  1. New investment
  2. Minimum capital of UD$ 100,000 for Local investor and 500,000 for Foreign Investors
  3. Investment must be located in Special Economic Zones parks


C. LICENSING PROCEDURES

  1. The investor makes an inquiry with EPZA to confirm invetment procedures, eligibility criteria as well as the availability of factory space or serviced land.
  2. Investor incorporates SEZ Company, locates premises or land and obtains an environmental approval appropriate to the nature of the project.
  3. Investor submits a project proposal and completes the application form with a nonrefundable application fee of USD 300.
  4. EPZA evaluates the project proposal and provides the investor with a letter of approval.
  5. In case the Investor is asking for Zone development, EPZA will facilitate a declaration of land, which is approved by the Minister for Industry and Trade.
  6. The investor pays a onetime fee of US$ 5 000 for SEZ Developer license and USD 1,000 for SEZ User/operator license annually.
  7. Upon completion of the above-mentioned steps, the Investor will be able to start his operations. In practice, the above processes take a maximum of 14 working days.