Resolved complaints

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Complaint number NTB Type
Category 1. Government participation in trade & restrictive practices tolerated by governments
Category 2. Customs and administrative entry procedures
Category 5. Specific limitations
Category 6. Charges on imports
Category 7. Other procedural problems
Category 8. Transport, Clearing and Forwarding
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NTB-000-300 5.12. Export restraint arrangements
Policy/Regulatory
2009-09-09 Madagascar: Ministry of Trade Madagascar Resolved
2010-07-26
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Complaint: Government imposes export constraints on the exportation of wood  
NTB-000-299 5.12. Export restraint arrangements
Policy/Regulatory
2009-09-09 Madagascar: Ministry of Trade Madagascar Resolved
2011-03-11
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Complaint: Government imposes export constraints on the exportation of wood  
Resolution status note: This is a measure to safeguard the environment. The elimination of non-tariff barriers will be done gradually.
 
NTB-000-298 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees 2009-09-08 SADC Namibia Resolved
2012-06-15
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Complaint: Bond registration fees are generally high in all SADC countries  
Resolution status note: The 10th meeting of SADC Committee on Trade facilitation held on 14-15 June 2012 noted that the issue of bonds is normally managed by private sector, mostly banks therefore commercial rates would prevail. It was also noted that
within the SADC Customs work programme, there is work to facilitate single transit bond, the result of which should be
ready by March 2013. This NTB was therefore considered resolved on grounds that bond registration fees are cahrged at market rates.
 
NTB-000-294 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures
Policy/Regulatory
2009-09-08 Namibia: Walvsi Bay sea port Namibia Resolved
2010-12-01
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Complaint: Delays occur at Walvis Bay to get the required documentation out in time for the trucks to leave. It leads to the company paying demurrage/penalties for trucks standing idle
 
Resolution status note: Recruitment of personnel in process  
NTB-000-292 2.10. Inadequate or unreasonable customs procedures and charges
Policy/Regulatory
2009-09-08 SADC Namibia Resolved
2011-11-10
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Complaint: Empty space on trucks cannot be utilized due to the 'Third Country' rules. This law should be abolished within SADC  
Resolution status note: SADC Secretariat reported that, reducing costs of doing business in the region is one of the key objectives of the SADC Secretariat. However, some interventions of the Secretariat are bound by its regional economic integration process. SADC FTA enables goods originating in Member States applying the FTA to enter duty free and quota free under provisions in the SADC Protocol on Trade. For this economic activity, economic operators are not obliged to be registered as economic operators in the countries where goods are delivered if only they are delivering goods. A deeper regional economic integration would be needed in order to allow foreign economic operators to engage in business activities in Member States, benefit from local business opportunities but also meeting fiscal obligations arising from such operations. This is a level of economic integration closer to common market and which forms SADC long term vision.  
NTB-000-290 8.8. Issues related to transit 2009-09-08 Namibia: Namibia Revenue Authority South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Namibia requires provisional payments for all transit cargo through Namibia.  
Resolution status note: Namibia reported that the provisional payment is required to secure duties and taxes of the goods in transit that can be refunded upon submission of export documents by the exporter.  
NTB-000-287 2.7. International taxes and charges levied on imports and other tariff measures 2009-09-08 Zambia: Other Zambia Namibia Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: The Zambian Government is delaying implementation of phase down schedule of tariffs for imports of pasta under the SADC Trade Protocol.  
Resolution status note: Zambia reported that Zambia is on schedule in terms of implementing her obligations under the SADC Trade Protocol. As a result of Zambia’s successful implementation of the Trade Protocol, Zambia participates in the SADC Free Trade Area. The tariff liberalization of category C is continuing up until 2010 as provided for in the SADC Trade Protocol.  
NTB-000-286 2.7. International taxes and charges levied on imports and other tariff measures 2009-09-08 Zambia: Ministry of Trade Namibia Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: The Zambian Government is delaying implementation of phase down schedule of tariffs for imports of fishmeal under the SADC Trade Protocol.  
Resolution status note: Zambia reported that she is on schedule in terms of implementing her obligations under the SADC Trade Protocol. As a result of Zambia’s successful implementation of the Trade Protocol, Zambia participates in the SADC Free Trade Area. The tariff liberalization of category C is continuing up until 2010 as provided for in the SADC Trade Protocol.  
NTB-000-285 2.7. International taxes and charges levied on imports and other tariff measures 2009-09-08 Zambia: Ministry of Trade Namibia Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: The Zambian Government is delaying implementation of phase down schedule of tariffs for imports of salt under the SADC Trade Protocol.  
Resolution status note: Zambia reported that she is on schedule in terms of implementing her obligations under the SADC Trade Protocol. As a result of Zambia’s successful implementation of the Trade Protocol, Zambia participates in the SADC Free Trade Area. The tariff liberalization of category C is continuing up until 2010 as provided for in the SADC Trade Protocol  
NTB-000-281 5.12. Export restraint arrangements
Policy/Regulatory
2009-09-08 South Africa: Ministry of Trade Namibia Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: In 2004, the South African authorities introduced a commercial export permit requirement for Namibian grown oysters before these oysters could enter South Africa. In addition, an import permit is required from the South African authorities. The industry views this measure as a punitive trade measure, intended to protect the South African industry.  
Resolution status note: South Africa reported that the importation and exportation of all products is subject to control measures. This is to ensure that there is compliance with specified environmental legislation and with terms and
conditions of permits and other authorisations issued in terms of that legislation. For more information please contact:
Marine and Coastal Management, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Tel: 021 402 3911
Fax: 021 402 3367
 
NTB-000-279 5.6. Proportion restrictions of foreign to domestic goods (local content requirement)
Policy/Regulatory
2009-09-08 Namibia: Ministry of Agriculture Namibia Resolved
2011-05-11
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Complaint: 3% of the horticulture produce purchases in Namibia need to be locally sourced before any imports are allowed (as from October 2004)  
Resolution status note: Namibia explained that this is a trade measure and not NTB. The resolution is that only 25% of all horticulture produce has to be sourced in Namibia; however, this figure is determined by the industry themselves.  
NTB-000-277 5.3. Export taxes 2009-09-08 Rwanda: Ministry of Trade Rwanda Resolved
2011-10-27
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Complaint: Export levies of 15% is charged on unprocessed goat hides  
Resolution status note: Rwanda hs lifted the ban on exportation of raw hides and skins. However, the 5th EAC regional forum on NTBs held from 1-3 Septmber 2011 noted that the ban was appllied by all EAC countries with the aim to encourage value addition on raw hides towards export.  
NTB-000-272 4.1. Issues related to sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures
A9: SPS measures n.e.s.
2009-09-08 Zambia: Other Zambia Namibia Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Issuing of Phytosanitary Certificates for exports of cotton cake to Namibia by Zambian Authorities is too slow.  
Resolution status note: Zambian reported that authorities process the above certificates as quickly as possible. The only time there is a delay is when the client does not have the right documentation, or has missing documentation  
NTB-000-270 4.1. Issues related to sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures
A9: SPS measures n.e.s.
2009-09-08 Zambia: Ministry of Agriculture Namibia Resolved
2011-03-04
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Complaint: Issuance of Phytosanitary Certificates by Zambian Authorities on exports of molasses, from Zambia, is too slow.  
Resolution status note: Zambia reported that for molasses, the issuance is almost instant as this by product is not fumigated.  
NTB-000-268 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2009-09-08 Namibia: Revenue Authority Namibia Resolved
2010-12-01
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Complaint: Inspections, sealing/tagging of cargo cause major delays.  
Resolution status note: Recruitment of personnel is in progress  
NTB-000-268 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2009-09-08 Namibia: Revenue Authority Namibia Resolved
2010-12-01
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Complaint: Inspections, sealing/tagging of cargo cause major delays.  
Resolution status note: Recruitment of personnel in progress  
NTB-000-266 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2009-09-08 Namibia: Ministry of Trade Namibia Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: The following stringent conditions stringent and cumbersome conditions are applied on the re-export (in bond mainly to Angola) of controlled petroleum products subject to permit:
a) A trade permit obtained from MTI a copy of which is to be supplied to the ministry.
B) The oil company involved and prices qouted shall be reviewed in writing in MTI.
c) Prices shall include all basic purchase costs
 
Resolution status note: Namibia reported that this information is required for the Government to determine the amount of tax to be paid by the exporting company and for Custom and excise levies  
NTB-000-265 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2009-09-08 Namibia: Ministry of Trade Namibia Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: General export licences and permits issued for all non SACU exports are processed by hand. There is no interface between the MTI permit system and ASYCUDA. The system is unpredictable with ever changing procedures as per the SACU agreement's Jacobsens' Index. The IEM requirements are not widely known, especially among incidental traders. There is limited capacity at MTI to handle and process the import and export permits. At present only one official is handling the permits. HS codes need to be obtained from Customs and Excise since MTI is not equiped to assist in this.  
Resolution status note: Namibia reported that the system determines the change in the rate of duties but not procedures due to economic and policy considerations. Information leaflets on IEM are readily available at the Customs information centre and more will be available at MTI.  
NTB-000-264 5.12. Export restraint arrangements
Policy/Regulatory
2009-09-08 Namibia: Ministry of Trade Namibia Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: An export licence is required for all non-SACU SADC exports,even if product does not feature on the positive list. No general export licencing applies to SACU trade.  
Resolution status note: Namibia reported that an export permit but not a license is required for controlled products only  
NTB-000-263 1.14. Lack of coordination between government institutions 2009-09-08 Namibia: Ministry of Trade Namibia Resolved
2012-04-26
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Complaint: There are no less than six ministries, the Namibian police, two Marketing Boards and a Statutory Board involved in the management of imports and exports. The onus is upon the applicant to collect all relevant permits/ certificates from line ministries and other bodies, before a commercial import/ export permit application can be made to MTI. For certain goods, up to three different points of control apply.  
Resolution status note: At the 3rd meeting the Tripartite NTBs Focal Points and NMC Chairs held in Dar -es-Salaam on 19-20 April 2012, Namibia reported that the Ministry of Trade and Industry would only require authorised or a clearance certificate when a client is importing or exporting a controlled product that needs verification to determine the value for tax purposes and subsequent issuance of the permit by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The meeting accepted Namibia’s submission to resolve this NTB  
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