Tanzania Ports Authority


The Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) presently owns Dar es salaam, Tanga, Mtwara Ports and all lake ports in Tanzania.

Tanzania Ports Authority was established on 15th April 2005 following the repeal of THA Act No. 12/77 and enactment of TPA Act No. 17/2004.

To establish and coordinate system of Harbours.

TPA is mandated to:

  • Provide facilities relating to harbours and provide harbour services
  • Construct, operate and maintain new harbours, beacons and other navigational aids
  • Carry on the business of stevedore, wharfage or lighterage
  • Act as a warehouseman to store goods, whether or not the goods have been or are to be, handled as cargo or carried by the Authority
  • Consign goods on behalf of the other persons to any place either within or outside the United Republic
  • Act as carriers of goods or passengers by land or sea
  • Provide amenities or facilities that the Authority considers necessary or desirable for persons making use of the facilities or services


East African Community era

Between 1947 and 1967 ports were under East African Railways and Harbours Corporation up to 1967 when The East African Harbours Corporation came in for ten years functioning under the umbrella of the East African Community (EAC).

Formation of Tanzania Harbours Authority (THA)

When the EAC broke in 1977, THA was established by Act of Parliament of 1977 charged with the responsibility of developing, operating, managing and maintaining of Tanzania’s seaports.

Milestones in the development of Port of Dar es Salaam:

  • 1977 Contruction of berths 9, 10, 11 was completed
  • 1988 Berths 9, 10, 11 converted into a container terminal with a capacity to handle 1 million tons or 250,000 TEUs per annum
  • 1989 Construction of grain terminal completed with a rated capacity of 30,000 tons
  • 1998 Dredging of the entrance Channel by widening, deepening and straightening to allow ships of maximum length sixe of 234 metres and a 24-hour navigation
  • 2000 Leasing of the container terminal to TICTS and THA was specified
  • 2004 Repealing of THA Act and enactment of TPA Act, 2004 when the Parliament passed the Ports Act No. 17 which paved the way for TPA
  • 2006 despecifictaion of TPA
  • 2009 Removal of TICTS Exclusivity Clause for handling container traffic in the TPA/TICTS contract
  • 2010 Private Dry Port Operators

Director General

Mr Deusdedit Kakoko

Total Cargo Throughput

2012: 12,050,682 Tons

Total Container Traffic

Handled by TICTS

  • 2008 – 2009: 306,159 TEU
  • 2009 – 2008: 293,262 TEU


Port Tariffs

TPA Cargo Terminal: http://www.tanzaniaports.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=98&Itemid=327

Tanzania International Container Terminal Services Ltd (TICTS Ltd): http://www.ticts.net/images/PDFs/tariff1.pdf

Areas Served by the Ports

  • Burundi
  • DR Congo
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

Related Documents

TPA Gazeti (Newsletter):



Port Statistics:



Management Team:



TPA Detailed Background Information:



TPA Annual Report (2009):


General Contact

Tanzania Ports Authority,

P.O.Box 9184,

Dar Es Salaam,


Tel: +255 22 211 6258

Fax: +255 22 211 3432 / 2112938