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21 May 2020

Tanzania economy in getting strong each day that passes by and every now and then more strategies and environments for doing business in Tanzania are improved.

Have you aware of the existence of Tanzania National Business Portal? This is a system that has a comprehensive wealth of government information and e-services to assist you in starting, growing or investing business in Tanzania. The National Business Portal comprises of user-centric information and e-services categorized according to;

User roles e.g. as an investor or as a local business, User intentions e.g. I want to register a business, Business topics e.g. import and export matters and Industry sectors e.g. agriculture and tourism.

Using this system the user can apply for Business License, import good advisory, export goods advisory, Immigration and visa advisory.

The user also can get information on Livestock Information Network and Agriculture, food and cooperatives.

Further the system gives detailed instructions on how to import and export, start and new business, obtain a business license and how to register a business in Tanzania.

Business Licensing Services

In order to use the system for applying for a Business License you need to be registered with the system. Which requires only Have a Valid and active Email Address and Active phone number.

Other requirements for Applying and obtaining a Business License includes;

First, Lease Agreement or Title deed in the name of the applying entity as a proof of having a business Premise;

Second, Certificate of Incorporation for a Company or a Certificate of Registration for a Business Name;

Third, Tax Identification Number (TIN);

Fourth, Company Shareholders or Business Partners Identifications cards such as Passport ID, Birth Certificate, Voters ID, National ID for Tanzania Citizens OR Residency Permit Class “A” for Shareholders OR Residency Permit Class “B” for Directors for Non-Citizens staying in Tanzania;

And lastly, Sector Permit for Businesses Regulated by Sector Ministry, Authorities or Agencies from the Respective Agencies (Provide Link to a Content Document for the Sectors).

Import & Export

The Trade Information Module provides access to fully transparent practical guides to the licenses, pre-clearance permits and clearance formalities for the most traded goods in and out of Tanzania.



The Trade Information Module contains step-by-step guides to trade-related procedures. At each step, the system tells the user where to go, who to see, what documents to bring, what forms to fill, what costs to pay, what law justifies the step and where to complain to in case of a problem.

The system is a Trade Facilitation tool offered by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Business Registration and Licensing Agency. It is maintained by a dedicated team of trade information officers and is overseen by the National Trade Facilitation Committee.

Register a Business Name

In Tanzanian businesses can be registered as a business name, a local company or a foreign company.

Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA) is responsible for business registration in Tanzania.

BRELA issues certificates of compliance for foreign companies, certificates of incorporation for local companies and certificates of registration for single proprietorship or partnership.

Registered Firms must then register their businesses with the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), the National Social Security Funds (NSSF) in Tanzania and depending on their business activities firms must obtain business license from BRELA for business under ("schedule A") or the Municipality for business under (“schedule B").

Applicants of business name has to register themselves in the Online Registration System (ORS).

Applicants has to fill the information of the Business Name and make payments for the application to be submitted to BRELA automatically by the system once the payment has been confirmed received.

BRELA will review and approve the application if provided information are correct or may be supplemented for correction if the provided information requires corrections.

For more details please visit www.brela.go.tz or www.business.go.tz.