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Dar suspends 22 bonded warehouses

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  1. BAK

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    Dar suspends 22 bonded warehouses

    The TRA headquarters in Dar es Salaam. Photo/FILE


    Posted Saturday, September 6 2008 at 14:19

    The Tanzanian government has suspended operations of 22 bonded warehouse operators as investigations continue into a series of suspected cases of fraud within the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

    Authorities in Dar es Salaam believe that most of the suspended operators have been violating customs laws and procedures governing storage of imports and exports, including the sale of used and brand new motor vehicles.

    The EastAfrican has learnt that some of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, which have operations in Tanzania, have also been suspended from operating the bonded warehouse pending investigations by the government.

    Apparently, some of the bonded warehouses which have been suspended are owned by Tanzanian business tycoons with massive investments in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, United Kingdom, Dubai and Europe.

    The suspended operators include Incar Tanzania Ltd, the authorised dealer for IVECO Trucks from Italy and Scania Tanzania Ltd, a subsidiary of Scania motor vehicle manufacturer.

    IVECO, a well-known supplier of trucks, is known to have supplied the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) with an undisclosed number of trucks and buses last year.

    In the late 1990s, the Tanzanian government and ScaniaCV AB of Sweden established a joint venture company, Tanzania Automobile Manufacturing Company (TAMCO) with 90 per cent and 10 per cent shareholding respectively.

    The latest move by the TRA, which will most likely affect businessmen from landlocked countries who transport goods through the Dar es Salaam port, prices of used and brand new motors vehicles may also go up.

    Walid Juma, acting Commissioner for Customs and Excise at TRA, said that stern measures would be taken against the suspended firms if they will not heed orders given under the notice provided to them.

    "During the suspension, the respective firms are not allowed to undertake any customs transactions and all their employees are not allowed to enter any customs offices," he said.

    Kishan Enterprises Ltd of Tanzania, which is owned by Paresh Somaiya and Nilesh Somaiya has also been suspended. The owner of two sugarcane factories and the largest sugarcane plantations in Tanzania, Nassor Seif, has also been suspended.

    Another firm, African General Enterprises Ltd, which is owned by Yusuf Manji, who has massive businesses in real estate, has also been suspended. Mr Manji owned bonded warehouse number 430 in Dar es Salaam.

    Others that have been suspended include Aluminium Africa, the largest iron sheet-manufacturing firm, also for violations of the customs procedures.

    The challenge is to outsource cargo clearance
    In the strongly worded notice to the public, TRA published the names of the companies and their directors. It also published names of workers who would not be allowed by the Authority to undertake any clearing and forwarding business until the investigations are completed.

    However, the suspension of some of the bonded warehouses will not have much effect since some companies own several warehouses and not all have been suspended.

    "The problem is that the law on goods serviced by bonded warehouses is not very strict. That is why they are using these loopholes to sell goods that were originally meant for export, into the local market," an official from one of the clearing and forwarding companies still in operation told The East African.

    According to the official, many of these companies owe TRA millions of shillings for bonded goods, which didn't cross the border. Some of the companies in question or their agents also failed to file returns to TRA to verify that goods had finally gone to their intended destination across the border.

    Other sources told The East African that the malpractices had been going on for a long time. However, none of the officers at the TRA could establish exactly how much the state has lost in terms of revenue.

    Surprisingly, by last Friday, some of those who were suspended were spotted at the TRA clearance houses and at the port doing business as usual.

    Some of the big companies operating bonded warehouses that have escaped the suspension include Diamond Motors, Toyota Tanzania Ltd, CMC Motors, Tata Holdings, DT Dobie and Noble Azania.

    Tanzania is the main entry point for goods destined for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda, Malawi and Uganda.

    The acting Commissioner warned that buyers who transact with customs directly or indirectly should refrain from violating customs laws as the department moves to enforce maximum penalties for such violations.

    "Offences of customs laws are punishable by way of penalties, forfeiture and jail sentences," he added.

    Reported by Mike Mande, Joseph Mwamunyange and Wilfred Edwin
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    Bonded warehouses crackdown: TRA launches special audit to pin defaulting companies

    Dar es Salaam

    THE Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has launched a special audit of 22 bonded warehouses in Dar es Salaam whose operations have been suspended over tax violations.

    TRA Commissioner-General Harry Kitilya told THISDAY in the city yesterday that the audit is aimed at establishing the level of violations of customs laws and procedures committed by the companies in question, and ascertaining whether or not they were involved in outright tax evasion.

    He warned that legal action would be taken if the ongoing audit proves that the companies were indeed engaged in tax fraud.

    ''A special audit team is doing an audit of all bonded warehouses. When the audit is completed mid-October this year, we shall know the exact amount (of unpaid taxes involved in this matter), which will be collected according to the law,'' the TRA boss said.

    He explained that a surprise check by the Authority had revealed that some bonded warehouses operating in the city have been violating the existing customs law, a practice that is ''likely to endanger government revenue (collections) in customs.''

    Kitilya said the ongoing audit is also aimed at establishing the motives behind the companies' decisions to violate national customs laws.

    Asked what actions will follow once the audit is concluded, he said: ''We plan to collect the unpaid taxes for goods missing in the bonded warehouses, close them down completely, and impose penalties as per the law. If tax evasion is proved, we will take legal action.''

    The law specifies that convicted tax offenders face penalties, forfeiture of goods/assets, and jail sentences.

    In the crackdown conducted by TRA's customs and excise department, a total of 22 bonded warehouses were closed down indefinitely, including one facility operated by a company owned by prominent local business tycoon Yusuf Manji.

    Four clearing and forwarding agents based in Dar es Salaam were also slapped with suspension notices.

    A public notice issued last Friday by TRA's Acting Commissioner for customs and excise, Walid Juma, said the companies have been ''suspended from operating as agents and bond keepers for violating customs laws and procedures governing the clearance and storage of imports and exports.''

    To this effect, the respective clearing and forwarding agents and bonded warehouse operators have been prohibited by TRA from dealing with any customs transactions, and their employees not allowed to enter any customs offices and areas, for the time being.

    The suspended companies include African General Enterprises Limited, a bonded warehouse whose listed directors are Yusuf Manji and his deceased father, Mehboob Manji, with registration number 327.

    Also Incar (Tanzania) Limited, the local agent of the Italian-made IVECO vehicles, which recently won a hugely controversial tender to supply hundreds of military trucks and buses to the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF).

    Incar (Tanzania) Limited is owned by another local business tycoon, Tanil Somaiya of Shivacom Group.

    Other warehouses suspended by the TRA in the same exercise are operated by Kishan Enterprises Limited, whose listed directors have been named as Paresh D. Somaiya and Nilesh Somaiya, and Africarriers Limited, which is owned by leading real estate developer and car dealer Fidha Rashid.

    The list also includes warehouses run by companies like Superdoll, Scania (Tanzania) Limited, Service Distributors, RM Supplies Limited, Indoors Limited, Yokohama Motors, TBC, Chicasa General Traders Company Limited, MD Motors, and African Pride Textiles Mills Limited.

    Also NAM Enterprises Limited, Aluminium Africa Limited, Mazrui company, Rasco company, C.M Company Limited, Sozmy, F.K Motors, and Mrina company.

    The four suspended clearing and forwarding agents have been identified as Dazan Company Limited, Fast Track, Euro African Freight, and Classic Commercial.
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    Wana suspend wakati wenzao wameshapiga na kuachana na hayo ma bonded warehouse siku nyingi nenda kaangalie yapi kati hayo yalikuwa operational....wanatuchezea hawa....weeee.....hayo yote hayafanyi kazi kabisa ndio wanayasimamisha
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    Mkuu kumbe hata wewe unazo dataz? lakini unakajua kale kamchezo ka watoto ka usiku? si unajua tena utadhani ni kiukweli ukweli.....!, jamaa ni wasanii haijawahi kutokea.
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    2 years on bado ni the same stories, the same names!!!!
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    kwakuwa mimi nipo kwenye industry inayohusu mambo ya upakuwaji wa mizigo bandarini (mdau) sitatenda haki kuacha habari hii ipite hivi hivi.

    Kuyafungia makampuni ya clearing kwa kosa la kuzungusha magari yanayoenda nje ya nchi ni kuwaonea kwababu pale longroom kuna kitengo cha transit. Wanapoclear magari wanapewa bahasha zenye documents na masaa ya kufika boda bahasha hizo zinakuwa submitted kwa maofisa wa TRA boder na ma agent hufanya returns kuwa gari zimeshavuka na maofisa wa boda ku confirm. Kinachotokea magari hayo hurudishwa tena Tanzania "sijui kama huwa yanatoka au bahasha zinaenda kugongeshwa" na gari hizo hupata usajili halali kutoka TRA. Utakuta gari lina namba za T 111 XYZ lakini baadae wakija kuangalia destination ya chasis number husika wanaona hiyo chasisi ilikuwa destination yake DRC na sio Tanzania wanatafuta nani alikuwa clearing agent wanamfungi!

    Nadhani TRA na vyombo husika wange deal na Maofisa wanaofanikisha hii michezo michafu na sio kuishia kufungia makampuni kwani kwa kufanya hivyo ni kuwaonenea wamiliki wa kampuni husika kwasababu kuna mambo mengi yanafanyika na vijana wanaofanya kazi za clearing bila waajiri wao kufahamu.

    Lazima kamisna ajue kuwa wengi wa vijana wanaofanya kazi hizi kwa niaba ya makampuni ni wajanjawajanja na wenye kutaka pesa za haraka. Iweke sheria kali kama wote wao ingia kufanya kazi hii wawe wamepitia chuo cha bandari au chuo cha forodha mikocheni au vyote viwili kwa pamoja ili vijana wajue "ethics" na kuacha uhuni kwenye profession ya clearing. Kwani kinachofanyika sasa hivi kijana akimaliza form 4 au 2 anakimbilia kwenye uajenti na kusukuma documents mwisho wake kuna kuwa na uchelewashaji wa mizigo kutokana na rejection zinazosababishwa na watu wenye uweledi mdogo kwenye fani hii.

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    Nashukuru kwa maelezo yako, nahitaji kujua zaidi kuhusu hii industry. NitakuPM.