Tanzania clears South African firm of misconduct

Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has cleared a South African logistic company of accusations of conducting clearing and forwarding business without a permit.

TRA Commissioner General, Mr Rished Bade, said the South African firm, Bridges Shipping had subcontracted two local companies to undertake clearing and forwarding activities which did not amount to contravention of any law, regulation or administrative procedure.

“The company is not a clearing and forwarding agent, we have learnt that they hired TPA godown to undertake logistics business for cargo transiting through port of Dar es Salaam on behalf of their clients,” Mr Bade said in a statement.

He said the company is free to use licensed clearing agents while engaging in logistics activities. “In our records they have used two registered clearing agents...

We have given you this information to clear potential misunderstandings that we saw coming through,” he said. Bridge Shipping which is part of C. Steinweg Bridge (Pty) Ltd is a member of the C. Steinweg group of companies and has over 30 years’ experience as a logistics company in Southern Africa.

At Dar es Salaam port, the company has hired Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) warehouses to cater mainly for landlocked countries of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.

The services offered are warehousing, port forwarding, transport and fumigation services, mainly for commodities which includes minerals, metals, cotton and tobacco.

Responding to allegations that Bridge Shipping is illegally undertaking clearing and forwarding business in the country, its Johannesburg based Legal Officer, Taryn Janse Van Rensburg said the company was working with a local partner.

“I wish to set the record straight...Bridge Shipping are not a licensed clearing agent with TRA - we subcontract clearing services to a local Tanzania clearing agent who are registered with TRA, we are, however a licensed freight forwarder,” Ms Rensburg explained.
Source: Daily News, reported by Finningan Wa Simbeye, from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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