Complaint number
NTB Type
3. Technical barriers to trade (TBT)  
NTM Code
B15: Registration requirement for importers for TBT reasons 
Requirement by Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority for companies exporting to URT to register, re-label, and retesting of certified EAC products exported by other Partner States Reported in 2003.  
Status note
During the meeting of the NTBs Focal Points held from 19- 21 august 2019 , Tanzania reported that TFDA was disbanded therefore the requirements are no longer enforced .  
Progress update note
1. During the Bilateral meeting between Kenya and Tanzania held on 27th - 31st January, 2018 in Mombasa, Kenya, Tanzania reported that they recognise quality marks on products from other EAC Partner States and committed to ratify the EAC SPS Protocol by June, 2018.The meeting agreed that TFDA and KEBS conduct a verification mission on 28th February – 2nd March 2018.
2.The Dedicated Session of the Permanent/ Principal/Under Secretaries and Cabinet Secretary of Trade and EAC Affairs held in Kampala to deliberate on how to resolve these NTBs Dedicated Session recommended that the United Republic of Tanzania expedites the Ratification of the SPS Protocol and that the United Republic of Tanzania Mutually recognizes quality marks from other EAC Partner States as provided for in the SPS Protocol.
3. Partner States’ Standards bureaus should give mutual recognition of quality marks issued by competent authorities in Partner States. The TFDA should eliminate its requirement that companies exporting to URT should re-register, re-label and retest their products.
4. The 16th EAC NTBs Forum held in Kigali noted that the 18th meeting of the East African Standards Committees held in 2014 deliberated on the NTB and:
i) urged TBS to adopt all the harmonized EAC Standards to ensure that there are no barriers arising from the Standards; and
ii) requested TFDA to carry out a review on food product safety control systems in other Partner States for the purpose of creating confidence and facilitating trade within the EAC region and report back to the Committee by June 2015.
5. During the 26th meeting of the Regional MonitoringCommittee, Tanzania reported that it is a Standards issue and EAC Standards should be appreciated. The Meeting recommended that the Task Force established by the Standards Committee should analyse all the fees and charges applicable to food, drugs and cosmetics and make appropriate recommendations by March 2019.  
Policy or regulatory NTB
Tanzania: Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (Government institution)  
Reporting Country or Region
Date of incident
Date of resolution
Product Description
Total value
Date reported
2015-02-06 10:00  
2019-08-21 21:34