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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
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NTB-000-891 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2019-04-09 South Africa: Cape Town Eswatini New View
Complaint: SARs stopped containers for inspection and are demanding proof of payment from consignee/buyer to the exporting company (Supplier) for the goods in transit to Eswatini. The affected company, Long Wei Investments are experiencing delays and incurring storage and demurrage charges at the port of discharge in Cape Town. SARS has withheld the consignment for over seven days from 9th April 2019. SARs are asking for different documentation at different times and dates thereby further delaying the inspection process and release of the consignments. The affected products are on Bill of Lading No. COSU6198384160  
NTB-000-890 Holding of consignment without any reasons 2018-11-19 Kenya: Moi International airport Tanzania New View
Complaint: A Tanzania trader (02 Export Gem Company Limited of Arusha, Tanzania) had exported a consignment of minerals to Kenya. However, the business deal was not sealed and hence the consignment was directed to be taken back to the Country of Origin (Tanzania). All documentation regarding the return of the consgnemnt were processed between TRA and KRA and were concluded. But KRA could not realease the consignment to the Tanzania Trader. Despite all efforts made physically, on phone and in writting, KRA has held the consignment since November, 2018 to date. The company has incured losses in following up on the consignment including among others Hotel bills, escort fees, transfer car fees, storage fees, fees related to documentation processing.

KRA is required to release the consignment to the trader and re-emburse all the costs related to the delay in releasing the consignment.
 
NTB-000-889 2.14. Other 2018-04-05 Mozambique: Delegação Aduaneira de Zobwe Malawi New View
Complaint: The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism received a complaint from Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company Ltd of a Non-Tariff Barrier imposed by Mozambican Customs Authorities at Zobue Border Post.

The company reported that Mozambique Customs Officials are demanding that containers carrying processed tobacco transiting through Mozambique should be opened after passing through Zobue Border Post.

Once the container is opened for physical inspection, customers (buyers of tobacco) demand that the exporter should get an official letter from the Mozambique Customs Officials. Unfortunately, Mozambique customs authorities have not issued documents nor provided formal reports stating the occurrence of the inspections and confirming changes in seal numbers once an inspection has taken place.
 
NTB-000-883 2.6. Additional taxes and other charges
Policy/Regulatory
2018-12-17 Kenya: KRA Tanzania New View
Complaint: Introduction of Tax Stamp/Printed Codes:
Under the Kenya Excise Act of 2015, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) introduced either tax stamp or printed codes on beer and KEG manufactured or imported into Kenya with effect from 1st February 2016 at the cost of KShs. 1.50 per stamp with a manual application which raises the cost to USD 5.5/hl.
 
NTB-000-882 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2018-12-17 Kenya: Namanga Tanzania New View
Complaint: Denial of preferntial treatment for products produced by Tanzania Breweries (TBL) Ltd.
Kenya is insisting that Tanzania produced Beer (Redds and Castle Lite) are manufactured in South Africa.
 
NTB-000-881 8.8. Issues related to transit 2009-02-04 Tanzania: Nakonde Zambia New View
Complaint: Since 2006, the Tanzanian Government imposed a ban on importation of poultry and poultry products to curb any possible Avian Influenza Disease outbreak. However, a Zambian Company (Hybrid Poultry Farm) has been denied Transit Permit for hatching eggs destined for Kenya. The hatching eggs are not going to be offloaded in Tanzania as it will only be used as a transit country and will be transported in sealed refrigerated containers.
 
NTB-000-878 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2019-01-29 South Africa: Maseru Bridge Lesotho In process View
Complaint: We are experiencing delays by SARS customs who are taking time to inspect our container that is in transit. The delay is causing difficulties to meet the vessel to carry the shipment as it will be closing on Thursday 31st January at 06:00am and we are running out of time.  
Progress: On 30th January 2019, at 16:08pm, Lesotho focal point reported that they were already working on the complaint with SARS through LRA Customs at Maseru Bridge. However, at 20.00hrs , the affected company were deeply concerned about the delay as the container had not been released by SARs inspection unit.

Lesotho focal point to advise n progress
 
NTB-000-864 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2017-11-17 Uganda: URA Kenya In process View
Complaint: Discriminatory treatment (Excise duty) of Kenyan manufactured products among others Juice. Kenya reported that the Juices are still charged 13% excise duty.  
Progress: Delmonte Pineapple Juice:
Uganda reported that it is difficult to differentiate between pineapple juice manufactured using the locally-acquired concentrate and juice manufactured using concentrate imported under duty remission for exports.
Therefore, Uganda could not accord preferential treatment to Delmonte pineapple Juice.
 
NTB-000-863 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2017-07-17 Uganda: URA Kenya In process View
Complaint: Discriminatory treatment (Excise duty) of Kenyan manufactured products among others Pharmaceutical products  
Progress: The issue of the Pharmaceutical products is still unresolved Uganda is still consulting.  
NTB-000-858 7.5. Lengthy procedures 2018-09-19 EAC Uganda In process View
Complaint: Denial, Delays and Mis-handling of Uganda beverages especially soft drinks and Bella wines entering Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda markets. Customs Officials usually delay clearing of Uganda soft drinks and Bella wines manufactured in Uganda entering Burundi and Rwanda without any justification thus causing damages and losses.  
Progress: The SCTIFI meeting noted the NTB and requested Uganda to fnd out what agency is refered to.  
NTB-000-857 8.3. Immigration requirements (Visa, travel permit) 2018-10-01 Tanzania: Kilambo Burundi In process View
Complaint: Tanzania charging of Business Visa of USD 250 to EAC business persons entering URT charged as Certificate of Temporary Assignment (CTA) at all borders  
Progress: Tanzania reported that the charge is not for VISA but it is a fee on a pass.

The fee is charged on persons coming in Tanzania to perform temporary assignments (economic activities and professional services) such as consultancies.

The Meeting urged the URT to waive the fee for East African citizens as per Regulation 5 of the EAC Common Market Protocol.
 
NTB-000-856 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2018-09-18 Tanzania: TRA Uganda In process View
Complaint: Denial of market access to sunflower oil.  
Progress: TRA had communicated to Uganda through her letter Ref TRA/HQ/CG/CE/C.1 dated 25th October requesting that a bilateral verification be undertaken from 12th November 2018.

Uganda reported that the verifciation had not yet taken place. Tanzania reported that she is committed to resolve the NTB.

The Meeting agreed that the new dates for the verification mission between Tanzania and Uganda will be 26th November 2018.
 
NTB-000-836 2.6. Additional taxes and other charges
Policy/Regulatory
2018-10-26 Tanzania: Tanzania Dairy Board Rwanda In process View
Complaint: Milk exported to Tanzania attracts numerous charges collected by different institutions including Tanzania Bureau of Standards, Tanzania Foods and Drugs Authority and Tanzania Dairy Board.

Also, to import a kilogramme of milk in Tanzania, under the newly signed Animal Diseases and Animal Products Movement Control Regulations published on 31st August 2018 (Government Notice No 476) and which entered into force on 1st October 2018, Tanzania now requires to pay Tsh 2,000 on milk imported from outside the country from Tsh150. This is a 1,233% increase (https://allafrica.com/stories/201810030671.html ).

This is a total ban since milk imported cannot compete with the local one.
 
NTB-000-835 8.1. Government Policy and regulations
Policy/Regulatory
2018-01-19 Tanzania: Namanga Kenya In process View
Complaint: KNCCI as a business membership organization, is in receipt of complaints that the chemical sector is being requested by the United Republic of Tanzania to:
1. Pay Tshs 90,000 equivalent to Kshs 4,500 annually for the Government Chemical Laboratory Transport Permit to allow them to transport their chemical products to their customers. The permit takes about 3 weeks for it to be approved
2. Register the companies in Tanzania and to use Tanzanian registered Vehicles instead of Kenyan registered vehicles to transport their products to the customers
The above is in addition to the import tax that the companies pay hence it is felt that these are additional costs being levied on the manufacturers/exporters
 
NTB-000-832 3. Technical barriers to trade (TBT)
B82: Testing requirement
2018-08-28 Mauritius In process View
Complaint: All consignments of Sugar are systematically being on hold at customs in Mombasa for analysis though prior to shipment in Mauritius, a Certificate of Analysis is being issued and verified by SGS Mauritius and a Certificate of Conformity is issued by SGS South Africa based on Certificate of Analysis.
Same SGS is a recognized International Standards Body mandated by KEBS, we would like to understand why the sugar are also being analysed before clearance in Mombasa?

 
Products: 1701.14: Raw cane sugar, in solid form, not containing added flavouring or colouring matter (excl. cane sugar of 1701 13)  
NTB-000-831 3. Technical barriers to trade (TBT)
B82: Testing requirement
2018-08-07 Kenya: Mombasa sea port Mauritius In process View
Complaint: Mauritius exports its Brown sugar produced locally to Kenya under EAS specifications which is an EAC standard.
However, we had an issue with one of our consignment with KEBS Samples ref dated 27 th July 2018.
Further to KEBS Laboratory Test Report, the content of Water Insoluble matter is 317 mg/Kg. It is our view that it is impossible to have such an amount in a sugar testing result. The maximum permissible Water Insoluble Matter allowed by KEBS is 250 mg/kg.
The same laboratory testing undertaken by the sugar mill in Mauritius has revealed a Water Insoluble Matter of a content of 33 mg/kg. As a result of this significant difference, the consignment has been blocked at customs in Mombasa since the 7th August 2018 date of Analysis started.
For transparency purposes, our company requests to understand what is the method being used to analyse the Brown Sugar.
 
Products: 1701.14: Raw cane sugar, in solid form, not containing added flavouring or colouring matter (excl. cane sugar of 1701 13)  
NTB-000-830 8.2. Administrative (Border Operating Hours, delays at border posts, etc.) 2018-07-16 Botswana: Martins Drift Zambia In process View
Complaint: A Zambian Registered Tanker carrying sulphuric acid from South Africa was weighed at the Martins Drift weighbridge with the following axle masses: Steer axle - 5200 kg (legal limit 8000 kg); Drive axles - 18200 kg (legal limit 18000 kg); Trailing axles - 22800 kg (legal limit 24000 kg). Tolerance is 5% on an axle set or on GVM, in this case it would be 900 kg on the driving axle set. The weigh bridge official instructed the Driver to Park telling him that his driving axle was overloaded without the application of the 5% tolerance. It is observed that only at this weigh bridge there is no application of the 5% tolerance. In the spirit of harmonization South Africa, Zambia and Botswana the legal limits are the same with a 5% tolerance except at Martins Drift weighbridge. Kindly assist to resolve this issue at Martins Drift which is causing unnecessary loss of transit time and charges. Please note that this is not a one off incidence.  
NTB-000-829 2.4. Import licensing 2018-07-13 Zimbabwe: Ministry of Industry & Commerce and Enterprise Development Mauritius In process View
Complaint: We, Soap & Allied Industries Ltd, Mauritius have shipped under the BL no. MEDUPL008430 & Comesa No.487/18 & BV CoC No.ZWE 2018 206608 / 0001 of 3 FCL of Detergent Powder since 19th June 2018 and reach on 13th July 2018, Our end consignee MEGA MARKET PVT LTD, Mutare, Zimbabwe has already apply for an Import permit month back which same use to be release within a week time.
Unfortunately they still awaiting for the permit for releasing of these FCL till now.
The Detention fee and storage charges incured are too much due to extended days and these will affect the selling cost for end customer as they are not able to clear out the goods.
Note: 3 more FCL of the same products already depart from Mauritius on 08th July 2018 and closed to reach.
We wish to have your attention on that issue and your kind consideration for the smooth doing business between both countries under the proper condition and trade agreement.
We request Zimbabwe to kindly consider on Urgent basis to assist our customer MEGA Market PVT Ltd to obtain the license so that the goods can be cleared.
 
Products: 3402.20: Surface-active preparations, washing preparations, auxiliary washing preparations and cleaning preparations put up for retail sale (excl. organic surface-active agents, soap and organic surface-active preparations in the form of bars, cakes, moulded piece  
NTB-000-823 2.6. Additional taxes and other charges 2018-06-01 Botswana: BURS, BOTSWANA RECEIVER OF REVENUE South Africa In process View
Complaint: Botswana government is imposing daily double tax on imported alcohol beverages to Botswana. The motivation for imposing the excise and not imposing on local manufacturers is that local manufacturers create jobs and have manufacturing plant in the country. It is the Wine Industry submission that wine as a commodity cannot be manufactured in Botswana due to the weather conditions.
SA Wine Companies, pay excise in South Africa and do not expect to pay another excise in Botswana for the very same products. We appeal for the repeal of the Regulations to allow both local and importers to be treated the same. Locals have more competitive edge compared to importers. Furthermore, the methodology as per Regulations is different from what is practically implemented. Enclosed self explanatory email clarifying the differences. Botswana is in breach of the WTO GATT Agreement, Article 34
 
NTB-000-822 1.1. Export subsidies 2010-01-01 Zambia: Zambia Revenue Authority Kenya In process View
Complaint: Zambia denies imports of Kenyan pure palm based cooking oil on the basis that it does not meet the 35% COMESA Rules of Origin value addition criterion. The Zambian Private sector raised concerns that the pure palm based cooking oil from Kenya was being treated as a semi-processed and yet it was a final product.  
Progress: The 33rd meeting of the COMESA Customs and Trade Committee was informed that this NTB dates back to 2003 when a joint on the spot verification mission was undertaken in Kenya. However, the verification mission did not succeed in resolving the issue of the originating status of pure palm-based cooking oil. Further Bilateral consultations and verification missions have been undertaken in resolving the NTB.  
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