Tanzania, United Republic of
2.3.4 Tanzania Border Crossing of Namanga (Kenya)


A project of One Stop Border Post (OSBP) is currently in place at Namanga border. The investment allows sharing of informatics system and speeding up the flows between Kenya and Tanzania. The OSBP is in the testing phase as of now with its effectiveness being vividly evidenced.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Tanzania: Namanga

Province or District

Arusha district

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Arusha (110 km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Tanzanian Revenue Authority (TRA)

Contact Person

Mr. Edwin J Iwato,

Box 8506,

Namanga – Arusha

Tel: +255 27 2539502


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Kilimanjaro International Airport (155 km)

Truck Travel Time: 5 hrs

Car Travel time: 4 hrs

Nearest Port

Tanga Port (540 km)

Truck Travel Time: 10 hrs

Car Travel time: 6.5 hrs

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity

Arusha (110 km)

Truck Travel Time: 2.5 hrs

Car Travel time: 2 hrs

Other Information

Hours of Operation


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs


24 hrs

National Holidays

No closure on any National Holidays.

Seasonal Constraints

Operational the whole year.

Daily Capacity

At this border, private cars use a separate lane. The border is busy with 2,486 trucks passing on an average (September 2017) including Importation, transit and empty trucks.

Customs Clearance

Usual documents required for the custom clearance include invoice, packing list, permits, and the contract signed between the customer and the clearance agent, if any. The truck driver has to present his passport to the authority. Note that the goods could be subject to examination upon entering the country. The fees vary in function of the origin, destination, and the number of axles. For small vehicles, the fees are mainly based on the longer of the journey in Tanzania.

For more information on customs in Tanzania, please see the following link: 1.3 United Republic of Tanzania Customs Information

Other Relevant Information

The Authorities (Tanzania Revenue Authority, TRA) has liaison officers in Nairobi (airport) and Mombasa (port). They process pre-launched documents on (Tanzania Customs Automated System – TANSIS). When the cargo arrives at the Namanga Customs offices, it is subject to final verification with other Authorities like Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) etc.

At the border, this process takes a maximum of 2-3 hours to obtain the approval for further transportation.

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Tanzania Government Contact List.

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