Removal of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs)
The prevalence of NTBs has been frustrating trade within the Community. Such NTBs manifest themselves in form of prolonged clearance procedures, delays at the ports of entry/exit, delays at weighbridges and numerous road blocks; delays in ferrying of cargo by transit vehicles; non-recognition of EAC Certificates of Origin; non – recognition of quality marks issued by EAC Bureaux of Standards; retesting of products among others.
To address NTBs, the Community has put in place mechanisms, including;
- National and regional committees to identify and monitor their elimination.
- EAC Elimination of NTBs Act, 2017 was assented to by all EAC Partner States’ Heads of State in April, 2017 and is in the process of being operationalized.