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Why manufacturers want regional CET regulations to be reviewed

Published on January 10, 2017

Local manufacturers have called for a review of the East African Community (EAC) common external tariff (CET) law, arguing that it does not support production and is making them less competitive. The CET is a uniform tax adopted by a common market and is often assessed on imports from countries outside the market.

The local industrialists say the tax criteria, especially on the so called sensitive list that includes items like brown rice, hard wheat, yogurt, juggery, primary cells and primary batteries, and kitenge cloth, among others, needs re-evaluation.

Alphonse Kwizera, a consultant at the Rwanda Association of Manufacturers (RAM), said there are inconsistencies in the rates especially on intermediate and final products, adding that some of the raw materials are taxed as finished products,” he said. He added that some finished products are often granted exemptions while some of the raw materials used to make them are taxed. Read more. Source | New Times