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Technology steers forward East Africa’s regional trade

Published on August 10, 2017

One of the Hub’s larger mandate is to encourage technology adoption in order to strengthen intra-regional trade in the East African region. In support of this quest, the Hub in 2016/2017 conducted workshops in all the East African Community (EAC) Member States to train public and private sector stakeholders on how to use electronic notification systems to address technical barriers to trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues and to provide participants with the context information on why notifications are an important obligation for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Member States.

Recently the Hub- supported a training on WTO’s ePing Electronic Notification System (ENS) to seek to help individual exporters, particularly SMEs, keep track of all the changes that might occur in international trade rules and regulations in the form of notifications.

ePing enables timely access to these notifications and facilitates dialogue amongst the public and private sector in addressing potential trade problems at an early stage. The system is publicly available on the internet for anyone to use.

It works as follows: Users can access notification records online by going to www.epingalert.org. Notifications are searchable by multiple parameters including: the product name (HS or ICS code), whether it is TBT or SPS related and notifying country among others. Further, anyone can register on the system to receive notification alerts by email.

A registered user can save preferences of products and countries of interest to narrow down such alerts to their area of interest. Documents related to the notification and other details are also available for download on ePing. Registered users can also discuss notifications online.

Are you an exporter? Want to learn why you should be using ePing ? Watch our one-minute video below!