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Eliminating non-tariff barriers for improved trade

Published on April 06, 2016

On March 30 - April 1, the Hub joined members of the National Monitoring Committees (NMCs) on Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) from the EAC Partner States and representative from the EAC Secretariat, East African Business Council (EABC) Secretariat, Trade Mark East Africa and the private sector for the 20th East African Community (EAC) Regional Forum on NTBs, held in Arusha, Tanzania.

A Non-Tariff Barrier (NTB) restricts trade. Non-tariff barriers to trade include import quotas, special licenses, unreasonable standards for the quality of goods, bureaucratic delays at customs, export restrictions, technical barriers to trade, and inappropriate sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures, etc.

The purpose of the EAC Regional Forum on NTBs was to: review progress on the elimination of identified NTBs; receive reports from the Partner States on the activities of NMCs, including new NTBs; and update the EAC Time Bound Program. The NMC reported that four NTBs have been resolved and seven new ones have been reported with evidence submitted.

The EAC Time Bound Program on Elimination of NTBs is a prioritized schedule of identified NTBs, affected countries and sectors and time-frame for elimination by the responsible institution.

The Hub's Trade Policy team supports the private and public sector to enhance regional trade.