On Monday (8 November), the Tanzanian Government announced that the importation of new and second-hand cars for private use was banned.
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Background: On Monday (8 November), the Tanzanian Government announced that the importation of new and second-hand cars for private use was banned. The move was seen as part of a clampdown on the inflow of luxury goods as a means of conserving foreign exchange.
Leading automobile dealers in Dar Es Salaam have said the details of the new licensing laws on new vehicle imports--to be announced soon--will dictate how seriously the ban has affected their incomes.
Tanzanian newspapers have in recent weeks questioned why so many luxury goods were on sale when the country's aim was to build a more equal, socialist society. The ruling party paper, "The Nationalist", two weeks ago deplored the fact that the country spent near 68 million shillings (four million sterling) on cars in the 1969/71 period--eleven times more than on buses for the people. In the same period the outlay on tractors for the peasants and other essential work was not even half that spent on buying cars for individuals to enjoy, it complained.