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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
Category 8. Transport, Clearing and Forwarding
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NTB-000-720 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin
Policy/Regulatory
2016-06-07 Sudan: Sudan Customs Authority Egypt In process View
Complaint: Sudan Customs authority has stopped applying the customs exemption on Egyptian Ceramic tiles products despite the fact that the consignments are accompanied by a COMESA certificate of origin .  
Progress: 1. During the 5th meeting of the COMESA NTBs Focal Points held in Nairobi from 23-25 August 2016 Sudan reported that it had established a committee comprising the relevant stakeholders to analyse the problem and inform the Minister within 30days. The matter will be presented to the next bilateral meeting between Egypt and Sudan scheduled in Cairo in October 2016. Further , COMESA Secretariat reported that communication had been sent to Sudan on this issue and Sudan undertook to respond to the communication from COMESA Secretariat once it is received.

2. During the 33rd Meeting of the COMESA Customs and Trade Committee, the Secretariat reported that response was being awaited to a follow up letter was sent to Sudan in September 2016.
 
NTB-000-718 8.8. Issues related to transit 2016-08-02 Mozambique: Beira Port Zambia In process View
Complaint: With reference to Resolved NTB-000-606, the matter is anything but resolved. We continue to experience attacks on our vehicles when using the Munhava Port Access. We have contacted numerous Security Companies in Beira to provide security for the vehicles, all have refused quoting the security situation. We have also been advised by other transporters that placing guards on the vehicles will only draw further action against the vehicles in an act of defiance/retribution. The Police do seem to be prepared to escort the vehicles, but we have no contacts nor tariffs charged. In the past week we have recorded 3 violent incidents.  
Progress: During the 15th meeting of the SADC Sub Committee on Trade facilitation, Mozambique reported that they noted the misbehavior by certain truck drivers sometimes they divert the trucks to inappropriate cites and are reported . Zambia has never reported those wrong doers and perpetrators. Mozambique requested Zambia to clarify the specific experiences. Zambia to provide feedback.  
NTB-000-689 8.6. Vehicle standards 2016-03-23 Botswana: All Border posts or entry points into Botswana by road In process View
Complaint: We have a problem in Botswana regarding the determination of Road User Charges at the border posts into Botswana.

The trailer manufacturers states the GVM to be 36 000 kg per unit (see attached vehicle registration papers)

This is the combined weight of the front and back link. However that is not what is reflected on the disc.

What it should say on the disc, is that the carrying capacity:

a) on the front link is 13000 kg.
b) The rear link is 23000kg.
c) The combined weight is thus 36 000kg.

We all know that it is not possible to carry 36000kgs on the front link and 36000kgs on the rear link. The axle configurations do not permit this to say the very least.

The problem arises on entry into Botswana at the border posts. They charge their road user fees per disc weight on the front and rear trailer.

therefore we end up paying for 36000kgs for the front trailer and 36000kgs for the rear trailer, this is 72 000kgs per unit.

To change the SA disc the following procedure will have to be followed.

1) W/bridge
2) Road worthy
3) Registration certificate
4) Certificate of compliance
5) Certificate model
6) Builders certificate
7) Ten days to change details of GVM per trailer.

a) It is very costly
b) it is very time consuming
c) it is not practical
d) It defeats the object of standardization and harmonization in the SADC region.

In this day and age where we are all trying to tighten our belts in order to survive, we can ill afford such additional costs.

This matter requires the urgent intervention of the focal point group in Botswana to address this matter urgently with the Roads Department in Gaborone, all relevant documentation pertaining to this case has been attached.
 
Progress: This issue was discussed during the Botswana / South Africa Bi-National Commission, which was held in Gaborone in November 2017. As per item 3.2.2.1 bullet point number one (1), the Republic of South Africa was to formerly request for a waiver from Botswana on the matter, while South Africa is still sorting out the system that causes the problem. Botswana is still awaiting correspondence from South Africa to that effect. We kindly advice the South African Focal Point to consult the Department of Transport in South Africa for further clarifications.  
NTB-000-676 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2015-07-31 SADC Mauritius In process View
Complaint: The 2 stage transformation needed on clothing is too stringent as it stifles investment in manufacture of clothing due to economic reason and prices. Our company would want to invest in Bio organic fabrics. We invest in stock form India for knitted fabric jersey 100% but with this fabric we have issues to get the SADC certificate of origin as in the rules of origin it does not have 2 value added process. But we are a brand, we produce the garment here in Mauritius we do also the printing at our factory. Therefore there is two process, the cloth is cut here, and then printing.Please can our case be studied as we are a SME factory and for our survival we need to export to Africa. Can this case be study for the rules of origin be modified if the printing process is big part on the value of this product  
Progress: During the 15th meeting of the SADC Subcommittee on Trade facilitation, the Secretariat reported that work is underway to review the Rules of origin. This matter was on the agenda of the next meeting on rules of origin for consideration.  
NTB-000-670 8.6. Vehicle standards 2015-05-08 Tanzania: Tunduma South Africa In process View
Complaint: Despite the passing and acceptance of EAC Vehicle Overload Bill of 2012, whereby it states under the Fourth Schedule s.5 (1) (c) - VEHICLE DIMENSIONS, AXLE LOAD CONFIGURATIONS AND VEHICLE COMBINATIONS, that the maximum vehicle combination length permissible is 22 m and which includes and covers the South African designed and developed Interlink combination of 22 m maximum. Tanzania are still insisting on abnormal vehicle permits to be issued to these vehicles on entry into Tanzania at Tunduma Border Post at a cost of US $20 per entry or face heavy penalties including the impounding of vehicles if they are not in posesion of an abnormal permit.

This is in breach of the Bill which has been accepted by all EAC Member Countries including Tanzania and this policy needs to be revoked ASAP.
 
Progress: Awaiting feedback from Focal Points  
NTB-000-662 8.8. Issues related to transit 2015-02-19 Mozambique: Weighbridge at Matola on the Maputo corridor Zimbabwe In process View
Complaint: Zimbabwean truck drivers are now facing police harassment near the weighbridge at Matola on the Maputo corridor. The police are taking Zimbabwe drivers licence and their passports, supposedly to check the authentication of the driver holding the documents. The driver is released in order to go and off load and is briefed that the police will have an answer for him on his return.

On his return driver is told that the licence is a fake and the driver is to pay a spot fine of ZAR5000.00. It appears that the police are rubbing the metal disc with something, so that certain information is now very faded, and not legible. When the driver produces his international drivers’ licence, to confirm the validity that is taken away by police, who only return it after some hours, with the expiry date is now illegible. The ZAR 5000.00 rand fine is enforced. The language is a convenient barrier, as the police claim not to be able to speak English. All fines in Mozambique seem to be ZAR 5000.00.

Drivers are detained for days until they come up with some sort of cash ranging from ZAR400.00 upwards if they are lucky. This problem is more prevalent during weekends.

Please can we have a stop put to this practice? Defacing a Government document I believe is an offence, and should not be tolerated. Business is challenging enough as it is, without trade barriers being further forced upon the transport industry.
 
Progress: During the 15th meeting of the SADC Sub Committee held in May 2017, the Secretariat reported that the SCCC made general observations on similar issues where receipts are not issued. SCCC recommended that border authorities should put measures in place such as hidden cameras etc to identify culprits. Member States will report on progress regarding the recommendation.  
NTB-000-657 5.15. Other
Policy/Regulatory
2014-12-11 Tanzania: Various State Agencies EAC In process View
Complaint: Numerous monetary charges required by various agencies in the United Republic of Tanzania on exports of dairy products  
Progress: 1. At the 16th EAC NTBs Forum held in Kigali, noted that the SCTIFI urged Partner States to forward charges on dairy products to the EAC Secretariat in order to work modalities to harmonize them. The Secretariat informed the meeting that it was only the Republic of Kenya and Rwanda who had submitted their charges. The meeting recommended the other Partner States to submit their charges by 31st December, 2014. The time frame for addressing this issue is June 2015.
2. At the 26th Regional Monitoring Committee meeting, the Secretariat reported that they had sent a letter to Partner States to submit the additional charges for harmonization
 
NTB-000-530 8.1. Government Policy and regulations
Policy/Regulatory
2012-09-10 Zambia: Lusaka South Africa In process View
Complaint: This complaint is registered by FESARTA.
Zambia is requiring all foreign tankers either delivering product to Zambia, or transiting Zambia, to comply with its Standards 371:2008 and 429-4:2008.
Furthermore, it is charging transporters to obtain a permit to certify that the tankers comply with the Standards. This requirement is affecting the free flow of goods into Zambia.

Zambia is requested to recognise the foreign vehicles national certificates of roadworthiness as it is difficult for Transporters operating tankers into Zambia to alter the design of their tankers at short notice.This is against the objectives of trade facilitation, will create monopolies and increase the cost of transport.
 
Progress: 1. On 25 January 2018, Zambia Focal Point advised that the Zambia Bureau of Standards had taken into account the concerns raised. The standard (ZS 371:2008) is currently under revision to address concerns among other matters.
The matter had also been tabled under SADC in an effort to harmonize the standard in the region


2. During the 15th SADC Sub Committee on Trade facilitation held in May 2017, Zambia reported that this NTB had been resolved. However, South Africa Focal Point undertook to verify with complainant and provide feed back on the status.
 
NTB-000-499 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees 2012-03-14 EAC Tanzania In process View
Complaint: Non-harmonized road user charges / road tolls in EAC Partner States.  
Progress: 1. On 26 October 2018, Focal Point for Tanzania advised that the feedback was being awaited from the Sectoral Committee on Transport , Communication and Metrology .

2. During the Extra Ordinary SCTIFI that sat in February, 2018, This matter was found to be operational in nature and hence was referred to the Sectoral Committee on Tranport, Communication and Meteorology (TCM) for resolution.

3. The EAC, in collaboration with SADC and COMESA, is working on a model for harmonizing the principles for road user charges

4. The 16th EAC Forum on NTBs held in Kigali noted the decision of the 11th TCM Sectoral Council held in June 2014. The Council noted that the study on the harmonization of the road user charges and tolls would commence in the financial year 2014/15. This follows from the adoption by the same Sectoral Council of the EAC Transport Facilitation Study Report which will inform the harmonization process. The time frame given was June 2015.
5. On 22nd August 2019, Rwanda requested that the EAC Secretariat follows up to obtain and circulate feed from the TCM so that the matter can be resolved.
6. The Regional Monitoring Committee held on 15October 2019 agreed that the EAC Secretariat should provide the progress report from the meeting of SCTIFI to be held in November 2019
 
NTB-000-479 2.6. Additional taxes and other charges 2011-12-30 Tanzania: Mtwara Mozambique In process View
Complaint: Impose Import Tax from Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development in Tanzania on raw seafood coming from Mozambique accompanied by SADC Certificate and all other relevant documents from Mozambican Authorities.  
Progress: 1. On 20th July 2013, SADC secretariat requested Tanzania Focal Point to provide progress report on this issue. Response is being awaited.

2. At the 11th meeting of the SADC Sub -Committee on Trade Facilitation held on 23 May 2013 in Gaborone, Tanzania reported that the matter would be taken to relevant authority.
 
Products: 0306.24: Crabs, even smoked, whether in shell or not, live, fresh, chilled, dried, salted or in brine, incl. crabs in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water, 0306.21: Rock lobster and other sea crawfish "Palinurus spp., Panulirus spp. and Jasus spp.", even smoked, whether in shell or not, live, fresh, chilled, dried, salted or in brine, incl. in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water, 0307.51: Octopus "Octopus spp.", live, fresh or chilled and 0307.41: Live, fresh or chilled, not smoked, cuttle fish "Sepia officinalis, Rossia macrosoma, Sepiola spp." and squid "Ommastrephes spp., Loligo spp., Nototodarus spp., Sepioteuthis spp.", with or without shell  
NTB-000-433 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin
A11: Temporary geographic prohibitions for SPS reasons
2010-05-11 Zambia: Zambia Revenue Authority Kenya In process View
Complaint: Zambia Revenue Authority does not recognize origin of milk produced in Kenya  
Progress: 1. During the 2nd meeting of the COMESA Heads of Customs sub committee held from 19-20 June 2015 in Nairobi, COMESA secretariat reported that a bilateral meeting was held on 28-30 April 2015 at which the two countries agreed to share information and that an expert on milk be invited to another meeting scheduled for July 2015.
At the sub committee meeting, Zambia reported that the issue was being handled by the ministries of Agriculture and Commerce , Trade and Industry who were not attending the Heads of customs meeting and therefore could not provide progress report. Kenya reported that the country was keen to resolve the matter and made a plea to Zambia expedite sharing of required information to facilitate the process; including risk assessment report s the standard on milk. The meeting noted that Kenya was to send Zambia a report demonstrating that its milk products meet the health requirements in Zambia.

Meanwhile, the secretariat was working with FAO to resolve the matter.

2. On 16th July 2013, Kenya Focal point requested that the COMESA Secretariat intervene and organize for a meeting where they will act as an arbitrator in helping the two Member states resolve the NTBs.


3. At the Tripartite NTBs Online Reporting, Monitoring and Eliminating Mechanism Meeting to Launch the SMS Reporting Tool from 9-10 April 2013 in Lusaka, Zambia, the two countries confrimed that Kenya undertook to Zambia from 29 October to 2 November 2012 and that the report of the meeting was ready. Zambia reported that Ministry of Trade was consulting with Ministry of Agriculture on the dates which will communicated to Kenya to discuss the report. Zambia was to indicate specific timelines in order to expedite the matter.
4. Zambia and Kenya bilaterally engaged at the NTBs focal points meeting held in Nairobi on19- 21 August 2019 where Zambia proposed that the issue be removed from the platform as the issue was now with COMESA to harmonize the SPS requirements as per laid down procedure. However, Kenya maintains that the issue should still remain platform as it is an NTB that has denied market access for processed milk their producers.

Kenya reported that the restriction is on processed milk not raw milk therefore Zambia should reconsider its position to deny market access .
In view of the divergent position by both countries Zambia is seeking COMESA's guidance on this issue that, in their view , arose as a result of lack of harmonization of SPS requirements.
5. Kenya responded that this NTB concerned processed milk and not raw milk. Therefore issue should be considered resolved only when the said product from Kenya is accessing the market.
 
Products: 0401.10: Milk and cream of a fat content by weight of <= 1%, not concentrated nor containing added sugar or other sweetening matter  
NTB-000-420 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2011-05-01 Zambia: Nakonde Kenya In process View
Complaint: Since early May 2011, one of our Association member companies(Bidco Oil Refefineries) product's(palm based cooking oil) has been stopped from entering the Zambian market by Zambia Revenue Authority with the reason that the product do not meet 35% value addition criteria as required under COMESA product on the rules of origin. Zambia government Authorities including the officials of the Zambia revenue Authority have visited in the past Bidco oil refeneries and confirmed that palm based cooking oils meets 35% value addition criteria. Kenya Revenue Authority had also in May did a fresh verification mission on the affected product which we understand was sent to ZRA. To date ZRA has not responded to verification report of KRA on the company's product and meanwhile the company continue incurring losses due to lost market share Zambia. Our submission is that Zambia Revenue Authority respond to Kenya Revenue Authority verification report and follow the laid down procedures in the COMESA Protocol on the rules of origin if the Authority is still disputing the fulfillment of 35% value addition in regard to the product. This is happening at the border points. The importer has now stopped importing palm oil cooking oils consignments from Kenya after dealer paid the CET rate of 25% instead of 0% and incurred very heavy loss.  
Progress: 1. During the meeting of NTBs Focal Points held in Nairobi on 19- 21 August 2019, Zambia Focal points reported that, with regard to the audit report by KPMG, had requested for additional support documents which have not been availed by Kenya. Zambia and Kenya bilaterally engaged during the NTBs focal point meeting and Kenya undertook to follow up on the request for additional documentation. Kenya further requested Zambia to provide the correspondence in which additional support documents were sought for.

2. The 2nd meeting of the COMESA Heads of Customs Sub Committee which met from 19-20 June 2015, noted that KPMG report had confirmed that Palm Oil from Kenya met the COMESA RoO and that KRA had written to its counterpart ZRA on 28 February as per recommendations of the extra - ordinary meeting of the COMESA Trade and Customs committee held on 9-11 February 2015. Zambia confirmed receipt of the required information informed the meeting that the issue was under consideration .

3. On 16 January 2015, Kenya Focal point reported that according to KAM consultant on edible oils, the NTB was discussed and an audit was carried out independently on Bidco by KPMG and communicated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International and COMESA Secretariat in 2014. KAM was advised that the audit found that palm oil exported to Zambia by Kenya had 40% value addition.KAM was now waiting for their edible oils KAM consultant to advise whether the exports of these products were receiving preferential tariff treatment in Zambia.
4. As at 26 September 2013, the COMESA secretariat was yet to provide progress report.
5. On 16th July 2013, Kenya Focal point requested Zambia to indicated progress made since their report to the Tripartite NTBs Online Reporting, Monitoring & Eliminating Mechanism meeting and SMS Reporting Tool Launch on 9th and 10th April 2013 in Lusaka Zambia. At this meeting, the Republic of Zambia indicated that the bilateral meeting would be held within a month’s time from the date of this meeting. Kenya proposes that, in view of the delays in bilateral consultations, the COMESA Secretariat facilitates a meeting where they will act as an arbitrator in helping the two partner states resolve the NTBs and enable industry to benefit from the inherent market access for their products.
6.At the Tripartite NTBs Online Reporting, Monitoring and Eliminating Mechanism Meeting to Launch the SMS Reporting Tool from 9-10 April 2013 in Lusaka, Zambia,Kenya and Zambia requested the COMESA Secretariat to organise a bilateral meeting between the two countries in order to arbitrate between them. COMESA Secretariat was also requested to provide guidance on the proper interpretation of the Rules of Origin for this product.
7.On 1 November 2019, Kenya focal point reported that : As a follow up to the meeting of NTBs Focal Points held in Nairobi on 19- 21 August 2019, where Kenya and Zambia bilaterally engaged, Kenya undertook to follow up on the request for additional documentation. However, to do this, Kenya had requested Zambia to provide the correspondence in which additional support documents were sought for, to finalize on this issue. We are therefore kindly requesting for the same.
 
Products: 1511.10: Crude palm oil  
NTB-000-358 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2010-02-10 Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ministry of Trade Tanzania In process View
Complaint: The process of obtaining DRC Ogeframe certificate delays cargo at the port and increases costs. Procedure is too long as it involves exporter paying fees at Tanzania Revenue Authority in DAr es Salaam Office and then take the document for endorsement by DRC. This is applicable only to transit goods to DRC.  
Progress: At the 18th SADC Sub Committee on Trade Facilitation meeting held in Gaborone, Tanzania informed the meeting that it was the DRC companies that experienced the NTB, however, DRC responded that they had not received any complaint from the companies . The two countries would undertake bilateral consultations between the Ministries of Transport and Ministries of Trade and report back.  
NTB-000-324 7.9. Inadequate trade related infrastructure 2009-09-09 SADC Seychelles In process View
Complaint: Some businesses complained that SADC ports are unable to handle containers that exceed 6 metres (20 ft), which limits exporters in implementing the most cost-effective way of transporting their products  
Progress: During the 15th meeting of the SADC Sub - Committee on Trade Facilitation held in May 2017, the Secretariat reported that the Issue had been referred to Directorate of Infrastructure & S for consideration because it is outside the scope of trade.  
NTB-000-302 7.7. Complex variety of documentation required
Policy/Regulatory
2009-09-09 SADC Madagascar In process View
Complaint: Differing paperwork and processes for COMESA and SADC causes confusion  
Progress: During the 15th SCTF held in may 2017, the SADC Secretariat reported that this NTB would be addressed through the Tripartite FTA work programme therefore any progress will be determined by the progress under the Tripartite programme.  
NTB-000-097 1.2. Government monopoly in export/import
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-26 Botswana: Ministry of Trade South Africa In process View
Complaint: Botswana has a single channel marketing for meat.  
Progress: At the 15th meeting of the SADC Sub Committee on Trade Facilitation held on 17-18 May 2017, Botswana reported that a Feasibility Study on Liberalisation of Beef Export Market has commenced. An Inception Report has already been produced and presented to the Reference Team. The final report will be produced in six (6) month from March 2017.  
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