Tanzania, United Republic of
Tanzania, United Republic of - 2.3.5 Border Crossing of Sirari (Kenya)


Sirari One stop Border Post (OSBP), is a Tanzania-Kenya border crossing situated in Tarime District, on Kenyan side it is called Isebania OSBP situated in Migori County. This is a 24/7 border operation with several Government agencies all available at once with the aim of expediting and facilitating clearance of goods across border, currently the following Government agencies are available: TRA, Immigration, TBS, TMDA, WMA, TASAC, Livestock & Fisheries Dept, Port Health, Forest Dept, TAEC and Ministry of Agriculture.

Currently average clearance time of goods across border after the introduction of OSBP & Single Customs Territory (SCT) facilities ranges from 30 minutes to 3 hrs depending on nature of the consignment.

In future to strengthen the process of verifying goods, the Government of Tanzania  is planning to install Truck Cargo Scanner which will make easier & quick the process of verifying goods and detecting any contrabands to cross border. 


Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Tanzania: Sirari

Kenya: Isebania

Province or District

Tarime District

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Musoma (86 Km)





Managing Authority / Agency

Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA)

Contact Person

Assistant Manager,

Said Salim Hemed

+255 715 000 640


Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Kilimanjaro International Airport

550 km

Truck Travel Time: 12hrs

Car Travel time: 8hrs

Nearest Port

Mwanza Port

Distance 290km

Truck Travel Time: 6hrs

Car Travel time: 4hrs

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

Musoma-Mara Region

Distance 86km

Truck Travel Time: 2hrs

Car Travel time: 1hr 30min

Other Information


The route to reach Sirari border post from Musoma is a well maintained paved single carriageway with twin-weighbridges (North and South) 1km from the border post, there are fuel stations along the road 15Km.


Hours of Operation















National Holidays



Seasonal Constraints


15 km

Daily Capacity

The Sirari (OSBP) has an average daily traffic flow of per day of 45 Trucks, 180 to 200 Cars with an average wait time of 30minutes to 3 hours. Average daily tonnage of commercial freight passing through Sirari OSBP is 1,350Mt. Weighbridges in service 15 Kilometre from the OSBP, maximum permissible axel limit is 56MT for pooling trucks and 50MT for semi-trailer. 


Additional Information.

The OSBP is well designed with good traffic management, cars have a separate traffic flow to trucks, there is plenty of parking for trucks with separate parking areas for small vehicles. Sirari OSBP has good road surfaces with an excellent Office infrastructure that is equipped for smooth and comfortable transit between Tanzania and Kenya.

Customs Clearance

Under Single Customs Territory ,five Partner States: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda are regarded as one Customs Territory which means only one Customs declaration is made in the Country at which goods are consigned. This requires only one Customs declaration that will be made by the consignee country and applied across EAC. Declaration will be processed in Tanzania as consignee and tax payment, or bond guarantee will be made accordingly. The TRA has developed a number of online tools to help businesses comply with customs requirements. These tools include;

  • Tanzania Integrated Customs Management System (TANCIS): TANCIS is a web-based system that allows businesses to lodge customs declarations and pay customs duties and taxes online. 
  • Tanzania Customs Information Portal (TCIP): The TCIP is a web-based portal that provides businesses with access to information on customs procedures, regulations, and tariffs. 

Standard documents are required for the custom clearance including invoice, packing list, permits, road consignment note, and the contract signed between the customer and the clearance agent, if any. The truck driver must present a valid passport to the authority. The fees vary in function of the origin, destination, and the number of axles. Fees (USD per truck) road use USD 10 per 100km per truck of more than 3 axel, if less than 3 axel is USD 6 per 100km. Small vehicles fees are mainly based on the length of the journey in Tanzania.  


Government agencies operating at the Sirari OSBP include.

  • Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA),
  • Tanzania Immigration services,
  • Tanzania Standards Bureau (TBS),
  • Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA),
  • Weights and Measures Agency (WMA),
  • Tanzania Shipping Agencies Corporation (TASAC),
  • Livestock & Fisheries Dept,
  • Port Health,
  • Forest Dept,
  • Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC)
  • Ministry of Agriculture.

Currently average clearance time of goods across border after the introduction of OSBP & Single Customs Territory (SCT) facilities ranges from 30 minutes to 3 hrs depending on nature of the consignment.


For more information, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information and 4.1 Government Contact List.



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