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Category 1. Government participation in trade & restrictive practices tolerated by governments
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Category 5. Specific limitations
Category 6. Charges on imports
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NTB-000-917 2.9. Issues related to transit fees 2019-10-02 Tanzania: Tanzania Revenue Authority Rwanda In process View
Complaint: Requirement by Tanzania Revenue Authority to Rwandan transporters to use two customs bonds on the Northern-Central Corridor (Kigali-Rusumo-Mombasa via Holili-Taveta border post) costing US$ 150 on departure and US$ 80 on return  
Progress: During the Sectoral Committee of Trade held on 28 October - 1 November 2019, requested Rwanda to always use the Regional Bond. and also requested the EAC Secretariat to submit the NTB to the Committee on Customs for resolution.  
NTB-000-916 3. Technical barriers to trade (TBT)
B14: Authorization requirement for TBT reasons
2019-10-02 Tanzania: Government Chemist Laboratory Authority. Rwanda New View
Complaint: Requirement by United Republic of Tanzania to transit trucks carrying chemicals to have export and transport chemical permits. Trucks are charged US$ 1 per ton and in most cases arbitrary charges which are imposed to transit vehicles only. The amount is applied to the entire container weight regardless of the weight of the other non-chemical products being transported in the container. Permits are difficult to obtain during week-ends and original copies are required at the border creating further delays  
Progress: 1.During the Sectoral Committee on Trade held on 1st November, 2019, the United republic of Tanzania informed the meeting, this is legal requirements according to Industrial Chemicals and Consumers (Management and Control) ACT No. 3 of 2003 and its regulations of 2015, Any Individual or Companies that in one way or another they are dealing with chemicals (Importation, transportation, use, export, distribution and manufacture and disposal of chemicals) in the URT they are required to be registered by the registrar of chemicals (GCLA) and obtain a chemical permit. These permit are free and obtained online
It is not true that the URT (GCLA) is charging the FOB of the whole container containing small amount of chemicals, the problem is the importers and or exporter of chemicals they have one invoice with the FOB summed up for all the items in the container and when they are asked to bring the FOB breakdown and even or to bring the clarifications from the suppliers and or manufacture they don’t do that and instead they are preferring to use the FOB with no breakdown.
To address those issues and following the meeting which was held on Kigali on the 10th September, 2019 between Tanzania and Rwanda it was agreed that there will be a meeting between Tanzania and Rwanda at Rusumo border and among other things issues related to chemicals will also be discussed.

2.On 13 March2020, the Secretariat reported that Bilateral meeting is yet to be convened
 
NTB-000-912 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin
Policy/Regulatory
2019-09-10 Burundi: Bujumbura Port Tanzania In process View
Complaint: Republic of Burundi has denied preferential treatment of MS -Plate (Iron sheet) produced by ALAF Company in Tanzania.  
Progress: During the meeting of Committee on Trade held on 28 October - 1 November 2019, Republic of Burundi reported that she is still consulting on the evidence given.  
NTB-000-911 8.1. Government Policy and regulations
Policy/Regulatory
2019-10-15 Zambia: All Zambia Weighbridges Zimbabwe In process View
Complaint: Zambia applies 0% tolerance on Gross Weight at all Weigh Bridge Stations when all the other counties on the North – South Corridor allows 2 – 5% tolerance on Gross Weight as allowance for weigh bridge weight variances, since weigh bridges give varying weights at any given time which results in fining transporters unnecessarily. The expectation is that Zambia should apply a 2% tolerance on gross weight thereby removing the current challenge faced by foreign operators in the country.  
Progress: 1.On 17 October 2019, Zambia Focal Point reported that they were following up on the matter and would provide feedback as soon as possible  
NTB-000-910 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin
Policy/Regulatory
2019-08-28 Rwanda: Rusumo Tanzania In process View
Complaint: The Rwanda Revenue Authority has denied preferential treatment on silk coat product from Tanzania.  
Progress: 1. The Republic of Rwanda informed the Sectoral Committee meeting held on 28 October - 1 November 2019, she sent a letter to Tanzania to request for a verification mission paints manufactured by Silk coat.Tanzania took note of the request by Rwanda and agreed to report back.
2.During the NMC meeting of 13th - 14th March 2020, the meeting was informed that the Verification was conducted from 13th - 21st January 2020 and the report was submitted to the relevant authorities as agreed. The recommendations of the report provided that the product qualifies for preferential treatment.
Rwanda to implement the recommendations of the Verification Mission report.
 
NTB-000-906 2.13. Issues related to Pre-Shipment Inspections 2019-04-05 Uganda: Uganda Weight and Measures Authority Tanzania In process View
Complaint: Uganda does not recognize the Calibration Certificate issued by the Weight and Measures Agent (WMA) for oil tank from URT: Republic of Uganda does not accept the Calibration Certificate of tanks from URT. As a result, our traders are forced to undergo recalibration by Ugandan counterpart Authority (Uganda Bureau of Standards) at a charge odd USD 230. This increases the cost of doing business. The trader paid Uganda shillings 2,655,600. It was stated that the certificate from URT is valid for the period of one year.  
Progress: 1. During the Sectoral Committee on Trade Uganda reported that it will consult and report back during SCTIFI of May 2019.
2.During the Regional Monitoring Committee held on 15th October, 2019, Uganda reported that the NTB was discussed in the EAC Standards Committee and it was recommended that a technical committee should be established to harmonise the the calibration procedures for the tankers and also the fees payable to the service provided. Uganda will report on the progress during the next Regional Monitoring Committee Meeting. Nevertheless, Tanzania is concerned about the charge and requested Uganda to consider and waive it.
3. As per Regional Committee Meeting held on 15th October, 2019, it was agreed that Uganda would provide progress made during SCTIFI meeting to be held in November, 2019, In addition Tanzania requests Uganda to recognize calibration certificate issued by Weights and Measures (WMA) as per SQMT Act, 2006. And also to consider and waive charges / fees.
 
NTB-000-903 8.4. Transport related corruption 2019-04-05 Kenya: Miritini, Samburu, Mariakani, Mtito Andei, Kibwezi, Machakos, Mlolongo, Nairobi, Mahimahiu, Naivasha, Nakuru, Salgaa, Molo, Kapsabet, Malaba, Eldoret Rwanda In process View
Complaint: Multiple police check points from Mombasa to Malaba (Miritini, Samburu, Mariakani, Mtito Andei, Kibwezi, Machakos, Mlolongo, Nairobi, Mahimahiu, Naivasha, Nakuru, Salgaa, Molo, Kapsabet, Malaba, Eldoret).
During the 27th RMC meeting the Republic of Rwanda reported that there are many check points from Mombasa port to Malaba/Busia which charge money to transporters.
 
Progress: 1. The Regional Monitoring Committee held on 15th October, 2019 Kenya reported that the police cheques are not permanent, they are put according to the security alerts and removed accordingly. Kenya provided a general line +254800721230 which can be called in case of any emergency transporters may encounter on the road.

2.During the NMC meeting, Kenya reported that the Police checks are temporary and are for the Security of the EAC Citizens. Traders should understand that Safety and Security should not be compromised. But if traders are asked for money at the Police checks they should call +254800721230 and report. Further, the Kenya Police shall continue to sensitize their members to fast track their processes and facilitate cross border trade.|

KRA works with the Kenya Police through the Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System sends a signal whenever a track stops for more than 10 minutes. The fast response unit usually responds within 10 minutes of receiving the notification.
 
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.  
Progress: During the meeting of NTBs Focal Points held on 19- 21 August in Nairobi, Tanzania Focal Point undertook to follow up with relevant authorities and provide feed back by 30th September 2019.  
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 Juices products Kenya reported that the Juices are still charged 13% excise duty.  
Progress: 1.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.
2. During the JPC held with Kenya,Uganda stated that this provision in the excise Duty Act is global and not specific to juices coming in from Kenya. This provision is under a law which is considered domestic and the country has a sovereign mandate to make provisions related to internal tax.Uganda however promised to undertake stake holder consultation on the excise duty tax and report by June 2019.
3.The Regional Monitoring Committee held on 15th October, 2019 noted that these are two separate NTBs on Juices and Pharmaceuticals and should be treated separately. The NTB on Juice was referred to the Customs Committee for resolution during the SCTIFI meeting on 10th November, 2018.
On Pharmaceuticals: Kenya and Uganda agreed to resolve the NTB bilaterally as it was agreed by Heads of State. The two Partner States agreed to update the EACS on the progress.
During the Regional Monitoring Committee held on 15th October, 2019Uganda informed the meeting that work is ongoing to resolve the NTB and would report back by November, 2019
4.During the Sectoral Committee on Trade that took place on 31st October, 2019 Uganda reported that the two Partner States agreed on how to resolve the NTB on Juice bilaterally and have agreed on the framework for resolution and will consult with the responsible agencies to resolve the NTB as agreed by November, 2019.

5.Uganda to resolve the NTB as committed in the Bilateral meeting and also sensitize its Regulatory Authorities on the implementation of EAC Provisions.
 
NTB-000-857 8.3. Immigration requirements (Visa, travel permit) 2018-10-01 Tanzania: Kilambo EAC 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: 1. 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.
2. During the Regional Monitoring Forum held on 29 April - 3 may 2019,URT informed the meeting that this fee is charged on persons coming in 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
Recommendation:
The EAC Secretariat to convene by September, 2019, a meeting of Ministries home affairs, chiefs of Immigration, and Ministries responsible for Trade to handle matter as it affects both trade in goods and services.
3.The extra ordinary SCTIFI of September 2019 was informed that the issue was discussed in a bilateral meeting between Uganda and Tanzania. And an update will be drawn from the report of the bilateral meeting.
4.The Regional Monitoring Committee held on 15th October, 2019 agreed to await the report of the meeting of Ministers of Home Affairs, Chiefs of Immigration and Ministers responsible for Trade as Directed by the SCTIFI and the Ministerial Bilateral Meeting that was held between Uganda and Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tanzania reported that the fee that is being charged is a business pass amounting to USD 100 and not a visa of USD 250 as reported. This is in accordance with the Common Market Protocol.
5.The Sectoral Committee on Trade meeting of 31st October, 2019 agreed that the NTB should be reviewed to reflect the actual amount of USD 100 instead of USD 250.Also recommended to SCTIFI to direct the EAC Secretariat to convene a meeting of Ministers responsible for Immigration matters, Trade, EAC Affairs and Chiefs of Immigration.
 
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.
 
Progress: 1. The meeting reviewed the list of other charges of equivalent effect imposed on dairy products and noted that not all Partner States submitted the relevant charges as directed by SCTIFI. It was recommended that PS should forward the charges to the Secretatiat for compilation and harmonization.
It was noted that most of the charges are not customs-related and there is need to write through MEAC for ministries of Agriculture and Trade to facilitate provision of the information. The Forum directed the Secretariat to officially re-write to Partner States requesting for all the information on diary charges applied on imported processed milk by 30th May 2018. The Secretariat wrote to the Partner States and Partner States are yet to respond.
The Meeting of SC on Trade recommended that Partner States should submit comprehensive charges imposed on milk and milk products to the Secretariat by 30th November 2018.
2. In the Miisterial bilateral meeting held on 19 December 2018 URT reported that it is taking steps to harmonize fees and charges in order to facilitate trade, in line with the directive of H.E the President of URT to ease the doing business environment. Regarding the delays, URT indicated that they have received testing kits and as result, food and drug tests will be conducted at the border within one hour depending on the que. URT to communicate the implementation timelines by June 2019.
3. During the regional monitoring committee meeting held from 29 April - 3 May 2019, the Secretariat reported that they had sent a letter to Partner States to submit the additional charges for harmonization.
4.The EAC Secretariat reported that they are commissioning a comprehensive Study to conduct an inventory of discriminatory Levies, Fees and Charges of Equivalent Effects imposed by regulatory institutions in Partner States and their Impact on Intra EAC Trade.
5. Rwanda reported that there is good progress on resolving the issue.
6.The Regional Monitoring Committee held on 15th October, 2019 agreed that the EAC Secretariat gives an update on the study by May, 2020.
7.The Secretariat reported that the study on discriminative fees and charges of the equivalent effect that affect trade in the region was conducted and the report was validated on 28th February 2020 via Video Conference. Tanzania did not participate in the VC meeting due to connection challenges and will submit their comments once the validated report is shared. The study recommended the establishment of a regional task force to harmonize the fees and charges.
 
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.  
Progress: The Meeting of NTB-Market Access Task Force 18-20 March 2020 reported that SADC has set up a Task Force to look into this matter among other NTBs.  
NTB-000-823 2.6. Additional taxes and other charges 2018-06-01 Botswana: BURS 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-000-820 4. Sanitary & phyto-sanitary (SPS) measures
A12: Geographical restrictions on eligibility
Policy/Regulatory
2010-12-01 Zambia: Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Kenya In process View
Complaint: Brookside Dairy Ltd of Kenya, exports of UHT milk are denied entry into Zambia for reasons that, an inspection audit of the source of milk, export facility, milk product and relevant standards in use in Kenya by the Zambian authorities raised sanitary concerns pointing out that Zambia cannot accept milk products from the raw milk that did not meet the Zambian milk standard. The Zambian standard on raw milk for use in production of milk products is a maximum of 200,000 colon forming units (cfu) whereas Kenya legislation allows for a maximum of 2, 000,000 cfu in raw milk used in making UHT milk, which is above the 200,000 cfu allowed in Zambia. Kenya applies the EAC graded standards which allow for a maximum of 2,000,000 cfu and a minimum of 200,000 cfu and below for raw milk.  
Progress: Various bilateral meetings and technical audits have been undertaken between the two countries in an attempt to resolve the NTB. The thirty-Third Meeting of the COMESA Trade and Customs Committee held on 15-17 September 2017 recommended that :
i) COMESA should harmonize SPS measures through implementation of the COMESA Green Pass (CGP) to facilitate trade in agricultural products.
ii) Member States should adhere to the NTB resolution time frames set out in the COMESA Regulations on Elimination of NTBs to ensure timely resolution of NTBs and enhance intra-regional trade.
 
NTB-000-818 3. Technical barriers to trade (TBT)
B42: TBT regulations on transport and storage
2018-05-17 Botswana: Ministry of Transport South Africa In process View
Complaint: Failure to implement Article 5.8 (6.2 Road Traffic Policy) leading to variable treatment of the transport of High Cube containers with height exceeding 4.3 metres.

The transport of High Cube Containers, on “standard” deck height (1.5 metres) vehicles and trailers results in overall height of approximately 4.5 metres.
Botswana: Imposes requirement for abnormal load permits for each load.
South Africa threatens to repeal moratorium on prosecution from 1 Jan 2019
Other countries ignoring “illegal” height, but “illegality” leaves insurance threats to operators.
Zambia (4.8), Zimbabwe 4.65), Malawi (4.6); Tanzania (4.6) have increased legal height to at least 4.6 metres.
Uncertainty in region is causing growing concerns regarding viability of international transport routes amid fears of further enforcement costs and barriers.
 
Progress: The Meeting of NTB-Market Access Task Force 18-20 March 2020 in Gaborone reported that MCBRTA standards agreed at the TSMCI of 31 October 2029 maximum vehicle height of 4.6m which will resolve this NTBs if South Africa complies with this standard.  
NTB-000-803 2.6. Additional taxes and other charges 2018-02-28 Tanzania: Importation into Tanzania Malawi In process View
Complaint: CORI Ltd visited Tanzania last year to look for export markets for cooking oil in Tanzania. CORI was informed that the government in Tanzania does not promote/support importation and that Tanzania has a 15% surcharge on the importation of cooking oil.  
Progress: The SADC Secretariat is advising the Malawi should provide additional information to assist resolve the NTB. Malawi was therefore requested to provide information on the origin of the goods or where it is manufactured and any other relevant information .  
NTB-000-788 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2017-06-01 Ethiopia: All Ethiopian banks. Egypt In process View
Complaint: Ethiopian banks are requiring invoices for sales to Ethiopian customers to be stamped by a Chamber of Commerce in Egypt as validation for letters of credit, which is contrary to COMESA rules. Indeed, as per Rule 10 of the COMESA Protocol on Rules of Origin, the only documentary evidence to demonstrate that a good originates from a COMESA Member State is a certificate of origin (not invoices). Consequently, any company should be able to issue an invoice from any country inside or outside the COMESA region, as long as the origin of the products themselves is correctly documented according to COMESA rules through a certificate of origin. Ethiopian banks should comply with Rule 10 of the COMESA Protocol on Rules of Origin and stop requiring invoices to be stamped by predetermined entities (including, inter alia, by a Chamber of Commerce in Egypt).  
Progress: On 26 September 2019 , Ethiopia Focal Point reported that :
Article 10(1) of the Protocol on the Rules of Origin for Products to be Traded Between the Member States of COMESA states goods to be accepted as originating from a Member State shall be supported by a certificate given by the exporter or his authorized representative in the form prescribed in Appendix I of this Protocol; and the certificate shall be authenticated by an authority designated for that purpose by each member State. Moreover, the evidences which shall be listed in the form of certificate of origin are prescribed in the Appendix I of this Protocol; and invoice no. is one of those listed evidences.

Accordingly, certificate of origin shall contain evidences including invoice as prescribed in the Appendix I of that Protocol and it should be stamped/authenticated by designated authority of the exporting countries. Therefore, requesting invoices stamped/authenticated by designated authority of the exporting country (Egypt in this case) is not contrary to the COMESA rule.

Notwithstanding of the above, article 10 of the COMESA protocol on rule of origin does not indicate the procedures or requirements for validating letter of credit rather it talks about the certificate of origin of products and the documentary evidence that shall be included in the form of this certificate. Thus, Article 10 of the COMESA protocol on rule of origin does not related with requirements to open letter of credit; and thereby, the banks of importing or exporting countries can request the sale contract of buyer/importer and seller/exporter, and other documents necessary to open letter of credit.

Regarding letter of credit payment system in Ethiopia, it is opened by the request of buyers/importers of Ethiopia when they buy goods from sellers/exporters of exporting countries. The documents that are to be included in the letter of credit are always based on negotiation of importers and exporters; and all documents required by the contract of parties are not necessarily mentioned in the letter of credit. But it is required to present a stamped/verified commercial invoice and to mentioned it in the letter of credit because the importers’ banks use it as an evidence to receive the mentioned price from importer themselves and pay to the exporters’ banks. Therefore, Ethiopian importers who buy goods from Egyptian exporters or other countries’ exporters on letter of credit basis should present to their banks the commercial invoice that stamped/verified by chamber of commerce of those exporting countries.
 
NTB-000-781 2.6. Additional taxes and other charges 2015-11-19 Mozambique: Delegação Aduaneira de Goba (Road) Eswatini In process View
Complaint: An import surcharge is applie to all imported sugar (i.e. SADC and non-SADC) ased on the difference between Dollar-based reference price (DBRP) and the world marker price quoted on the New York #11 and London no.5 commodity exchanges for brown and white sugars respectively. The current DBRP is US$806 per tonne for brown sugar and US$932 per tonne for white sugar.  
Progress: 1. On 4th February 2020, Eswatini Focal Point expressed concern that there is no progress made in addressing this matter and therefore proposed that a bilateral meeting between the two member States be held either in Eswatini or Maputo so as to discuss and resolve this longstanding NTB. Eswatini suggests that the Secretariat facilitates the bilateral meeting and is therefore awaiting response from SADC NTB Focal points on way forward.

2. On 5th November 2017, Mozambique Focal Point updated that Mozambique is still working on the matter and a multisectorial team, which involves Revenue Authority (Customs and International Cooperation Directorate) and Ministry of Industry and Trade has been established to analyse the matter and the answer will be sent as soon as possible..

3. On 1st September 2017, Mozambique and Swaziland Focal Points reported that they are urgently following up with relevant authorities to assist the complainant . All efforts are being made to resolve the matter expeditiously.
 
NTB-000-776 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees
Policy/Regulatory
2017-05-05 Tanzania: Ministry of Works, Transport & Communications Uganda In process View
Complaint: Tanzania still charges US$500 to Uganda trucks compared to US$152 charged on Rwanda trucks.  
Progress: 1. During the Extra Ordinary SCTIFI, the issues of Road User Charges were referred to the Sectoral Council on TCM for resolution.
2. The meeting Senior Officials meeting that met in October 2017 noted that this NTB would be resolved if Road User Charges were harmonised with in the EAC. The meeting therefore urged the Secretariat to expedite the process of harmonisation of the Road User Charges to facilitate resolving this NTB.
3.The Ministerial bilateral meeting held on 19 December 2018 directed that Experts and Senior officials of the two countries should engage and harmonize the charges and report progress to the Ministers by end of June 2019.
4. During the SCTIFI meeting of 16th November 2018, Tanzania reported that she is committed to resolve this by December 2018 as agreed during the Bilateral meeting.
4. The 27th Regional Monitoring Committee meeting held from 29 April - 3 May 2019 noted that Tanzania was committed to resolve this NTB as agreed during the Bilateral meeting. Uganda requested that this NTB be discussed during the PSs level bilateral meeting.
5. The Ministerial bilateral meeting held on 19 December 2018 directed that Experts and Senior officials of the two countries should engage and harmonize the charges and report progress to the Ministers by end of June 2019.
The Extra Ordinary SCTIFI of September, 2019 noted that the matter will be resolved by the concerned Partner States as agreed by November 2019.
6. During the NMC meeting of 13th - 14th March 2020 Tanzania reported that the bilateral discussions between the two Partner States are yet to be concluded.
 
NTB-000-769 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2017-05-05 Tanzania: Tanzania Revenue Authority Kenya In process View
Complaint: Despite Kenya Tobacco raw material being fully sourced in Kenya, the manufacturers are required to pay 80 per cent higher excise for cigarettes exports into Tanzania. Cigarettes manufactured in Kenya exported to Tanzania required to have a local 75% tobacco.  
Progress: 1. The Bilateral meeting that took place in January 2018 noted that Kenya and Tanzania need to harmonize their domestic taxes and local content policies and request the EAC Secretariat to fast track the process of harmonization in all partner states.The meeting also agreed that the two Partner States should take cognizance of the national treatment provision under Article 15 of Custom Union Protocol not to impose directly or indirectly internal taxation on goods from other partner states in excess of that imposed on similar domestic goods.
2.During the Bilateral Meting held from 23- 27 April 2019, both parties reiterated their 2018 commitments to champion harmonization of their domestic taxes and local content policies and therefore request the EAC Secretariat to fast track the process of harmonization. In this regard, United Republic of Tanzania maintained that, both parties should implement the 2018 bilateral agreement on harmonization of their domestic taxes and local content policies. Kenya, however, maintained that this is a trade restrictive matter and should be resolved at the Community level in accordance to Article 15(2) of the EAC Customs Union Protocol. The bilateral Meeting therefore agreed to escalate this matter to the Council of Ministers.
3.Status as at 13th September, 2019:
United Republic of Tanzania maintained that, both parties should implement the 2018 bilateral agreement on harmonization of their domestic taxes and local content policies. Kenya, however, maintained that this is a trade restrictive matter and should be resolved at the Community level in accordance to Article 15(2) of the EAC Customs Union Protocol.

Both Parties Kenya and Tanzania agreed to handle the matter under domestic tax harmonization.
A similar case was filed at the EACJ between Uganda and BAT where a ruling was given that the excise duty charged on cigarettes was contradicting the Community Laws and was Directed to withdraw immediately.
According to Article 39 of the Customs Union Protocol, The Customs Law of the Community shall consist of: … (c) Applicable decisions made by the Court.
Also the EAC Treaty Article 38 (3) provides that: A Partner State or the Council shall take, without delay, the measures required to implement a judgment of the Court.

EAC Secretariat should communicate and circulate the court ruling Partner States.

URT will consult internally on the court ruling and report to the next SCTIFI meeting on how they will implement the ruling.
4. The Regional Monitoring Committee held on 14th October, 2019 agreed that Tanzania gives an update during SCTIFI in November, 2019.
5.During the NMC held on 13th - 14th March 2020 Tanzania reported that a meeting was held to consult on the Court Ruling by the EACJ.
The meeting noted that:
i) The charges are not discriminatory as they apply as well to Tanzania manufacturers who do not meet the 75% local tobacco content.
ii) The issues in the BAT case are different from the issues raised in this NTB and Tanzania will submit an official position on the EACJ-BAT ruling during the next SCTIFI.
 
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