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Kenya says non-tariff barriers slowing down exports to East Africa

Published on October 18, 2017

Kenya said Tuesday that non-tarrif barriers are slowing down exports to the East Africa Community (EAC). Export Promotion Council (EPC) CEO Peter Biwott said that some EAC members have introduced new standards and procedures at border points, which act as non-tariff barriers for export of manufactured goods from Kenya.

“We are therefore pursuing bilateral talks with countries in the trading bloc with a view to removing the challenges that are affecting our exports to the region,” Biwott said on the sidelines of the launch of the Kenya Leather Development Council Strategic Plan 2017-2022.

The strategic plan contains interventions to fuel Kenya’s emergence as a global leather industry leader. Government data indicates that the EAC accounted for 21.1 percent of Kenya’s total exports in 2016. Read more. Source | Coastweek