The EA Trade Hub works with the EAC to develop common regulatory policy standards that are consistent with global standards. The EA Trade Hub convenes policy workshops necessary for regional integration and provides advisory services in the form of policy papers, research, and strategy. Examples of EA 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 EA 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