TRA explains ETS delay on soft drinks and bottled water

09Jul 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TRA explains ETS delay on soft drinks and bottled water

​​​​​​​THE Tanzania Revenue Authority has explained the reason behind delays in the eagerly awaited rollout of Electronic Tax Stamp (ETS) on soft drinks—water, juice and soda.

Speaking when he addressed journalists at the ongoing 44th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), TRA Deputy Commissioner General Msafiri Mbibo said  the exercise to install special machines and train manufacturers on the ETS was ongoing.

This comes after ETS has shown great success in products such as beer, cigarettes and wine which has boosted revenue collection by 30 per cent.

"We are currently in the final stages of training the manufacturers of the products and we have begun installing ETS machines in their factories,” said Mbibo.

He however, didn’t mention when exactly those products will have an electronic stamp but he said for the stage that authority has reached, soon the implementation will take place.

He added that ETS which was launched in June 2018 on alcohol drinks has brought very good results, the reason for delay in other drinks was because the authority wanted to be satisfied before proceeding with the rollout.

Explaining more, Mbibo said stamps are helping to control counterfeits which are not only dangerous to the economy but also kill competition which is a necessity in business.

He said in the previous years those stamps people were able to fake them but now it was not possible because one has to get a machine from the authority.

Speaking on the revenue collection, Mbibo said the authority is finalizing a report on collections which is expected to be released by the end of this month, adding that despite the Covid-19 revenue collection was not much affected, thanks to ETS.

The DITF started on July 1 and will climax  on 13 whereby over 2000 local companies are participating in the fair while foreign companies are only 43.

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