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Export Processing Zones Authority - EPZA

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Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) is an autonomous Government agency governed by a Board of Directors. It operates under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. EPZA is responsible for steering and implementing government policy on promotion of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Tanzania. Other functions of EPZA include the development of EPZ/SEZ infrastructure, provision of business services to EPZ/SEZ investors and issuing of EPZ/SEZ licenses. The Authority functions as a one stop service center for all prospective and existing investors.

Qualification to invest in SEZ

Any investor can qualify to invest under SEZ provided that the following criteria are fulfilled.

  • The investment must be new
  • Annual export turnover should not be less than US$ 5million for foreign investors and US$ 1million for local investors
  • Adequate environmental protection systems
  • Utilization of modern production process and new machinery
  • Investments must only be located in SEZ industrial parks


Eligibility criteria for SEZ User License

  • New investment
  • Minimum capital of US$ 500,000 for foreign and US$100,000 for local investors respectively
  • The investment must be located in the Special Economic Zone


Eligibility criteria for SEZ Export User License

  • New investment
  • At least 80% of goods produced/processed should be exported
  • Minimum annual export turnover of US$ 500,000 for foreign and US$ 100,000 for local investors respectively


Special Economic Zones Licensing Procedures

  • Investor initiates the process by making an inquiry with EPZA to confirm investment procedures, eligibility criteria and availability of factory space or Service  land.
  • Investor submits a project proposal to EPZA completes an application form and submits both the application form and the proposal with a non-refundable fee of US$ 250. 
  • EPZA evaluates the project proposal and provides the investor with a letter of approval, in principles this takes 2 to 3 days. 
  • Investor incorporates SEZ company, locates premises/land and obtains an environmental approval (where required).
  • For zone development, EPZA facilitates declaration of land by the Minister for Industry and Trade.
  • Investor pays relevant licence fees and obtains SEZ licence. The annual licence fees for SEZ developer is US$ 5,000 while annual fees for SEZ user is US$1,000 payable three years in advance.
  • Investor begins operation.

Source: Government Portal Content Team, Last Reviewed on: 15-01-2016
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