The Trade Hub and its partners work to reduce and remove trade barriers along the major regional transport corridors in East Africa. Examples of Trade Hub initiatives include the creation of Joint Border Committees (JBCs) to facilitate multi-agency collaboration at domestic border posts and the Revenue Authorities Digital Data Exchange (RADDEx), a software platform for customs and transit data exchange, management and reporting. Both JBCs and RADDEx increase efficiency at the borders and improve the trade environment by encouraging communication between agencies and removing redundant procedures.
The EA Trade Hub works with the East African Community (EAC) to develop common regulatory policy standards that are consistent with global standards. The Trade Hub convenes policy workshops necessary for regional integration and provides advisory services in the form of policy papers, research, and strategy. Examples of Trade Hub trade policy initiatives include harmonizing regional food standards, the licensing of clearing agents to encourage professionalism in freight forwarding, and a Simplified Certificate of Origin (SCO) that reduces duties for small traders. EAC shared standards build a platform for intraregional trade by creating a common language for assessing quality and grade of foods. The licensing of clearing agents and SCO helps traders move their goods across borders.
The Trade Hub supports trade transparency through EAC handbooks and the EAC Trade Helpdesk, a web-based tool that allows users to query EAC import and export trade statistics by country of origin and destination, as well as applicable tariff and trade regulatory requirements. www.tradehelpdesk.eac.int