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NTB Type
7.4. Costly procedures  
TRA cannot issue assessment for confectionery until Atomic Energy Certificate is attached in the system. This means samples have to be provided by agent / client to the Atomomic Energy in Arusha and a fee of 0.4% of invoice value paid. Samples from the whole country have to be sent to Arusha.
It then takes about 3-4 days for the certificate to be issued. The agent can then proceed with lodging the assessment after attaching the certificate in the system
Status note
The SCTIFI held in September 2020, noted that this is an operational Issue and should be resolved from the EAC Time Bound Programme  
Progress update note
1. During the Sectoral Committee on Trade of 1st January, 2019, the United Republic of Tanzania examined the explanation and evidence provided by the Republic of Kenya and observe the following:
a) Republic of Kenya should not generalize the matter, the evidence provided was related to the company transporting chemicals into Tanzania;
b) Transport permits for chemicals related products are issued once the import permit has been issues
c) For the case of this evidence provided by Kenya, the import permit no.964556 was issued to Kiboko Precoated sheer on 21st of August, 2019 and on the same date 21st of August, 2019, A transport permit 174391 was issued to transport the said chemicals (Charan sign& Sons campany) and therefore there were no delayed in issuing the transport permit as it was issued on the same day. It should noted that the company imports those chemicals is the Tanzania company and transporter of those chemicals was Kenyan Company.
d) United Republic of Tanzania is requesting all exporters to seek all necessary document required before arrival at the Border Post to avoid any delayed and register on the online portal
e) Currently Tanzania do provide chemical and transport permits from Monday to Saturday using the online portal. In addition to that, we have chemical inspectors at all border points operating 24/7.

2.During the NMC meeting held on 10- 11 March 2020, Kenya requested Tanzania to explain the following:
i. Why Kenyan manufactured confectioneries are screened for atomic energy while the harmonized EAC Standard for these products does not require so?
ii. Why Kenyan manufactured products are charged a levy of 0.4% of the invoice value which goes against the MFN Principle.
iii. Why Kenyan products already tested and affixed standardization mark are retested before goods are allowed entry.
Tanzania expected to provide response and way forward on this NTB

3.During the NMC meeting held from 13th - 14th March 2020, Tanzania reported that:
i) Harmonized standards exist but are silent on the issue of Atomic Energy.
ii) Confectioneries fall under the food category hence require an atomic energy certificate.
iii) Tanzania has instituted and equipped atomic energy offices at all borders
iv) All goods that require atomic energy certificate are screened at the border
v) Application for and issuance of Atomic Energy certificates are made online
vi) Attachment of certificate for all restricted goods issued by responsible Government agencies is mandatory before lodgement of TANSAD is accepted by TRA.
vii) Analysis charges apply to all transfers.  
Policy or regulatory NTB
Tanzania: Namanga & Arusha (Government institution)  
Reporting Country or Region
Country specific trade issue
Date of incident
Date of resolution
Product Description

Total value
Date reported
2019-11-01 09:57  
2020-09-10 21:41