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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

EAC Backs Uganda On Sugar & Rice Disputes

Uganda has received support of the East African Community Secretariat in its sugar and rice trade disputes with Kenya and Tanzania. The Secretariat said that the disputes are against the spirit of integration and free movement of goods and services in the region. According to the EAC, requiring Ugandan traders to have permits to export sugar to Kenyais equal to the imposition of a non-tariff barrier, contrary to the EAC Treaty. "Sugar exports to the EAC partner states are duty-free and quota-free under the EAC Customs Union if wholly obtained from the partner states. This means that as long as the sugar is locally produced in Uganda the traders can sell it in Kenya or in any of the other partner states without having to be issued with permits or licences," said Peter Kiguta, EAC Director-General in charge of Customs and Trade.