Kenya accuses Tanzania of blocking goods in trade spat

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Manufacturers in Kenya are frustrated by Tanzania’s move to place a 25 per cent duty on Kenyan goods, accusing authorities of blocking Kenyan products and causing them huge losses.

The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) criticises Tanzania’s trade policiy, arguing it doesn’t comply with the EAC Preferential Treatment Code that’s designed to open trade in the region. The lobby says local industries are now operating at a lower capacity since Tanzania imposed the duty.

Kenyan manufacturers losing out

“Refusal to allow entry of our products into Tanzania has reduced business, caused severe losses to businesses in the value chain due to lack of goods and undermined efforts towards EAC integration,” KAM said in a statement.
Uganda has also imposed a similar tax on Kenyan goods following a row over allegedly contaminated sugar being used in Kenya to make confectionary.

Kenyan authorities are yet to confirm whether the sugar in question is contaminated or not and various bodies have failed to provide definitive answers. However, the nature of how Kenya has acquired this sugar – whether it’s contaminated or not – has strained trade relations with other EAC member states.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.