Import - Sea & Air

Operating out of 2 Tanzanian ports and Dar-es-salaam international airport, our experienced imports division staff cater to providing quality service in all stages of the C&F process:

  • Experienced service for the entire process, from filing your IDF to release of consignment from the port.
  • Continuous follow-up with Customs/Shipping lines and providing feedback to Clients to maintain to date records on status of your shipment.
  • Strong relationships with personnel in key areas to ensure timely clearance of all formalities.
  • Knowledge of industry enables us to provide consulting advice on Tanzanian procedures and Policy.
  • Timely information regarding departure and arrival of vessels and cargo tracking allows our clients to avoid costly warehousing costs and damage to goods due to the elements.
  • Assisting with Destination Inspection procedures.


Our Groupage services from the Far East, Europe India, South Africa and the Middle East countries are especially designed for less that container loads, more aptly described as small cargo.

Your cargo is consolidated with other small break bulk parcels in a centralized warehouse, containerized and forwarded by our overseas agents in groupage boxes to our hub in Dubai for further consolidation to its final destination in Tanzania.

Exports - Sea / Air

  • Arranging for factory stuffing at either the warehouse or factory
  • Transportation to the port/airport terminal.
  • Preparation and release of the Bill of Lading / AWB
  • Negotiating volume freight rates with various shipping lines / airlines and passing on the savings to clients.
  • Fumigation of Export Consignments and obtaining Phytosanitary Certificates
  • Legalization of Certificates of Origin and other Export Documents

Documentation Process

The amount of documentation associated with importing and exporting goods is vastly increasing. Incorrect or delayed documentation is a costly mistake which often results in lost business and hefty non compliance penalties.

We offer extensive documentation services at competitive rates that allow our clients to focus on their core business, whilst we take care of all trade associated documentation.

  • Certificates of Origin - Local Chamber, SADC, COMESA, AGOA
  • Special Certification such as CNCA Certificates (Angola)& Cargo Registration Notes (Gabon)
  • Cargo Inspection including Quality, Moisture & Weight Control
  • Translations
  • License & Permit Applications
  • Consular Legalization
  • Phytosanitary Certificate
  • Fumigation Certificate
  • Cargo Insurance
  • DG Forms
  • ATA Carnets

Project Cargo

Project Logistics involves meticulous door-to-door planning and customized transport support. The service starts with assessment and consultancy on every aspect of a cargo movement and finishes with delivery and, if necessary, on-site positioning. Forwardair has the necessary resources to translate a "can do" approach into effective action.

In a centralized fashion, we engage our network where and when necessary to ensure that the pattern of supply is on target with the need for such materials.

Such facilitation requires knowledge relative to cargo that could be classified as oversized, hazardous, or temperature-sensitive.

This expertise benefits clients whose plans call for new plant construction or facility modernization in the emerging market of East & Central Africa.

Machinery Movement

Forwardair specialise in machinery movements to and from worldwide destinations. We will supply a full range of services to suit your cargo, shipping a large volume of machinery via our special project services including:

  • In gauge and out of gauge containers
  • Open top containers
  • Flat rack containers
  • High cube open top containers
  • Break bulk / conventional services to and from worldwide destinations
  • Heavy lift services / crane hire
  • On site case manufacturing

We have successfully transported various specialised shipments to and from many worldwide destinations.

Heavy Lift Transport

We can supply you with all types of trailers including, lo loaders and flat bed trailers for transportation of your oversized cargo anywhere in the East & Central Africa.

Door to Door Service

Everyone offers seamless door to door services nowadays. So how do we do it better? In typical Forwardair tradition, it's all in the little details. It starts with our focus on compliance, personalized service and knowing our clients business as if it were our own. In a system that requires fast response to the exceptions that happen, that extra follow up call, proactive auditing and personal understanding of your business process makes all the difference in the world. Whether it may involve shipping a small package to a full charter, we take pride and care in ensuring the shipment reaches in time.


Forwardair can arrange for all types of warehousing facilities and services be it for short term or long term requirements. Warehouses can be provided at all port locations as well as near airports and in the Export Processing Zones.

Transportation - Road & Rail
We are able to offer our clients several options for freight management of their regular and abnormal cargo:

  • Transportation from clients premises to port
  • Transportation from port to client warehouse/destination
  • Specialised equipment such as sidelifters, cranes, forklifts, car carriers and low-loaders are available
  • Transport using the rail network of TRC & TAZARA

Transit / Border Clearance
We understand that your shipping needs may involve cargo destined for neighboring countries and at many times arrange for a secure and well-organized transit clearance to one of the many landlocked destinations including Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Zaire (DRC), Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Customs brokerage at border posts connected to Mombasa like Horohoro (Tanga), Namanga (Arusha) & Tunduma is also undertaken and efficiently managed.