The cost and time for testing goods at border points have dropped sharply in the region as the five East African states continue to adopt uniform quality standards.
It costs an average of Sh20,705 ($205) to test goods meant for regional markets, a 59 per cent drop from Sh50,500 charged before the five EAC states launched their harmonisation and conformity testing programme five years ago.
A report prepared by an independent consultant and released on Friday shows that it takes only 10 days to test goods as opposed to 38 days before the programme was launched in 2011.
The report states,
The number of products complying with quality and standards requirements has also increased through certification thus contributing to increased intra and extra EAC trade
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