On July 4, government representatives from Kenya and Zambia met to discuss bilateral trade facilitation for maize and sugar. The bilateral trade meeting was a result of a Hub-supported regional grain trade facilitation forum the previous week in Lusaka, where traders signed agreements for nearly 400,000 metric tons of grains with an estimated value of $100 million.
To facilitate bilateral trade between the Zambia and Kenya, the Government of the of Zambia confirmed the following policy measures:
- Removal of 10% surtax on maize exports; and
- Removal of maize export bans.
The two countries also agreed to simplify documentary requirements relating to standards and sanitary phytosanitary measures to reduce delays and cut the cost of transaction. The partnership between the two countries is designed to address food security in the short- and long-term.
Read more on the bilateral trade facilitation meeting here
Read more on the Hub-supported regional grain trade facilitation forum here.