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-000-811 3. Technical barriers to trade (TBT)
B11: Prohibition for TBT reasons
Policy/Regulatory
2017-10-02 Kenya: State Department of Trade Rwanda Resolved
2018-11-16
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Complaint: Kenya banned exports of scrap metals destined to Rwanda in accordance with scrap metal Act NO. 1 OF 2015  
Resolution status note: Kenya informed the SCTIFI in November 2018 that the scrap metal is a restricted business in Kenya and that Rwanda traders require a permit to transfer the scrap metal from Kenya. Rwanda informed the meeting that NTB is resolved.  
NTB-000-810 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees 2017-10-02 Tanzania: Tunduma Rwanda Resolved
2018-10-31
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Complaint: Escorted trucks carrying Zambia brown sugar and white maize in transit to Rwanda are forced to pay to Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Tunduma border station a sum of Tsh 960,000 to accompany trucks.  
Resolution status note: The Committee on Customs during its meeting in May noted that Mtera route is the shortest to transit to Rwanda and the route was not yet gazetted. It was recommended to geo-map all the transit routes and gazette the Mtera route.
The Mtera route was gazetted vide Legal Notice No. 48 of 10th May, 2018. The Regional Forum on NTBs at its meeting in October, 2018 was informed that Trucks to Kigali are no longer required to have escorts.

The NTB was resolved.
 
NTB-000-809 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2017-06-01 Uganda: Uganda Revenue Authority Kenya Resolved
2018-11-16
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Complaint: Lack of preferential treatment of hats and other headgear, hand knitted and crocheted by Vajas manufacturers ltd in Kenya and exported into Uganda.  
Resolution status note: The SCTIFI meeting held on 16 November 2018 was informed that Uganda had reported that the Company manufacturing the referenced products was under duty remission regime and hence should attract full CET but it was later confirmed that it is not under duty remission and the Uganda Revenue Authority started granting preferential Treatment. The NTB was resolved.  
NTB-000-808 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2017-06-01 Kenya Resolved
2018-11-16
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Complaint: Lack of preferential treatment of Edible Oil and products manufactured in Kenya by all edible oil manufacturers in Kenya when exported to Tanzania. The products are being subjected to full CET duties by Rwanda and Tanzania.  
Resolution status note: The SCTIFI in November, 2018 was informed that where the certificate of origin is queried, goods should not be stopped from moving but the custom administration should call for a bond as security of the goods until the verification exercise is complete.

Tanzania reported that she complied with the recommendations of the Verification except for products under Rule 11 (Separation of materials) of the EAC Rules of Origin.

Kenya reported that the NTB for Lubricants & edible oils has been resolved.
 
NTB-000-807 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2017-06-01 Tanzania: Tanzania Revenue Authority Kenya Resolved
2018-05-12
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Complaint: Denial of preferential treatment on automotive products manufactured in Kenya by Toyota Tsusho East Africa Ltd. (TTEA) when exported to Tanzania i.e. for both Toyota Land cruiser 79 pickups and Hino trucks and buses. The products are being subjected to full CET duties.  
Resolution status note: During the 25th EAC Regional Forum on NTBs held from 9- 12 May 2018, Tanzania reported that she observed EAC RoO on Motor vehicles which grants preferential treatment for automotive products assembled in EAC Partner States. Kenya reported during the Forum that this issue was resolved.  
NTB-000-806 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees 2015-04-01 Tanzania: Ministry of Transport Resolved
2018-02-09
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Complaint: Tanzania requirement that trucks passing three weigh bridges are required to buy stickers at US$40 per sticker despite the fact that trucks are clearly marked transit in the central corridor.  
Resolution status note: Today, 10:10
During the Extra Ordinary SCTIFI taht sat in February, 2018, the USD 40 sticker fee was waived with immediate Effect. Hence the NTB was resolved.
 
NTB-000-799 2.6. Additional taxes and other charges
Policy/Regulatory
2018-01-08 Kenya: Namanga Resolved
2018-11-16
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Complaint: Tanzania does not give preferential treatment to printed labels manufactured in Kenya by SKANEM LTD and exported into Tanzania. Entry No.TZNG18-1016642. Export suspended.  
Resolution status note: During the SCTIFI meeting held on 16 November2018, Tanzania and Kenya reported that the two Partner States had
identified and resolved the issues causing the NTB
 
Products: 4821.90: Paper or paperboard labels of all kinds, non-printed  
NTB-000-798 8.5. Infrastructure (Air, Port, Rail, Road, Border Posts,) 2018-01-25 Zimbabwe: Forbes Zambia Resolved
2018-02-09
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Complaint: Due to the topographic nature of the Forbes Border Post, trucks cannot be parked and cleared at the Border as it would create congestion. The trucks are allowed to proceed out of the Valley where the border is situated and must park in Customs Approved Yards in Mutare. Dry Cargo (Flat Decks) have a Dry Port Yard whilst Petroleum Tankers must park at the RMS Yard (Railway Maintenance Yard Customs created the yards to enable them to clear the loads.

1. Transporters are charged a fee to park in these RMS yards. This is an unnecessary charge and there is no evidence that the funds are used for the upkeep of the yard.

2. Despite the fact that this yard houses Dangerous Goods there is limited access control at a rickety gate. The perimeter is not suitably fenced. The view of the tankers is blocked from the main road by strategically placed defunct railway wagons. There is no access control and the yard is surrounded by a maze of tunnels and hedges where trade in stolen fuel is conducted. Third Party vehicles are allowed access to the yard and unfortunately siphoning from side tanks is evident. Given the lack of security staff, fencing and lighting, the situation worsens at nightfall. Recently truckers have been plagued by theft of items from trucks eg batteries from the trucks.

3. There are no facilities for the drivers. The congestion at Forbes is already well documented due to the failing Ascudya system and inefficiencies in the Customs Sealing process and drivers are stuck a minimum of 48 hours in this yard. There are no ablutions and limited access to running water. It is an inappropriate holding yard where a driver cannot rest before leaving on the next leg of his journey. When it rains, the area becomes a muddy morass
There are several truck yards in the area that are well equipped and offer the drivers clean facilities. Customs are requested to not charge for the RMS yard, clean it up and offer the appropriate security and facilities, or allow vehicles to park in other yards.

Transporters have brought this situation to the authorities before but to no avail. Its seems there are vested interests in keeping valuable cargo parked in this insecure area. Drivers are spending too long in filthy and dangerous conditions while being charged for a service that forms part of Customs responsibilities.
 
Resolution status note: On 9 Beruary 2018, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority advised that Vehicles with uncleared goods are sent to park at a Depot licenced and bonded to keep goods before Customs clearance. This is a privately owned premises which does not belong to Customs and therefore the owner charges for accommodating the trucks.
2. The concerns raised for RMS have since been addressed. Tankers are as from 7.2.18 being parked at a new premises (truck yard) while awaiting finalization of clearance process. The new premises has a perimeter fence, ablution facilities, showers and CCTVs
 
NTB-000-791 8.6. Vehicle standards
Policy/Regulatory
2017-11-10 Botswana: Kazungula Road Resolved
2018-04-10
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Complaint: Botswana requires that transporters get exemption permits issued either in Francistown or Gaborone, the same original permits must then be couriered to Kazungula where the permit then must be presented to the Kazungula PTC for authorisation and stamping, then to the Botswana Power Corporation for authorisation and stamping, only then can the truck proceed to Kazungula weighbridge and present the permit and be inspected and weighed.These permits are only valid for 7 days so the window in which to use the same permit is very narrow, especially since there are sometimes issues where Zambia Revenue Authority Asycuda system experiences failures and down time.

Further, Transporters are required to put up abnormal signs and red flags on the trucks before they can be released by the Kazungula weighbridge staff. The weighbridge does not permit trucks with over 4.3 Metres high is not permit and yet most of the trailers which the transporters run are just under 4.4 Meters high with a High Cube container on board.

There are no bridges or low power lines, to which a High cube container with a height of 4.6 Metres , would pose a threat to on the entire route from Zambia through Botswana and South Africa .

This is another one of many hurdles being put in the road which is increasing the costs of regional trade and is yet another barrier to trade on our corridor to South Africa.
 
Resolution status note: On 10th April 2018 , Botswana Focal Point reported that Botswana is in compliance with the Regional Standard Dimensions of Vehicles in all its aspects; and specifically the 4.3m overall height.

Exemption permits for over height vehicles is issued from two (2) central locations i.e. Gaborone and Francistown. However Botswana has eased the problem on transporters by issuing Annual exemptions which means the transporter need only to apply once in a year for his Fleet crossing into Botswana. The exemption has no limitations on the number of trips the transporter undertakes nor when the trips are made. The frequent users of the corridor are at liberty to apply for a one year permit.

Transporters are expected to apply for the permit either through their representatives or agents well in advance to enable Department of Roads to process the permit on time. Copies are sent to all the weighbridges along the route that the truck will follow.For safety purposes abnormal signs and red flags are supposed to be mounted on the vehicles before they are allowed onto the public road.
 
NTB-000-789 2.10. Inadequate or unreasonable customs procedures and charges 2017-10-31 Zimbabwe: Chirundu Zimbabwe Resolved
2018-01-22
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Complaint: There is a problem on processing of Temporary Import Permits since Zimbabwe Revenue Authority came up with a system of doing more Temporary Import Permits for one vehicle. Transporters are now made to write 3 Temporary Import Permits on one truck. 1 Temporary Import Permit for the horse and 2 for the 2 trailers. Processing the Temporary Import Permits is taking too long , for example, Temporary Import Permits for 93 & 98 which we submitted at 01:20hrs ( 31st October 2017) were not ready by mid morning 1st November 2017. Another Temporary Import Permit submitted at 1900hrs last in the night of 31st was only done at 03:15 hrs in the morning of 1st November 2017 .

ZIMRA is now making the clearing agent do a TIP for every unit of the truck. The truck itself then the trailer as well. In the case of an interlink, that is 3 TIPS.
 
Resolution status note: On 5 December 2017, Zimbabwe Focal Point confirmed the feedback by Revenue Authority that the client should approach the Station Manager for the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority at Chirundu One Stop Border Post to be guided on the proper forms to use. With this explanation issue should be taken as resolved.  
Products: 8709.19: Works trucks, self-propelled, not fitted with lifting or handling equipment, of the type used in factories, warehouses, dock areas or airports for short distance transport of goods; tractors of the type used on railway station platforms (excl. electrical  
NTB-000-789 2.10. Inadequate or unreasonable customs procedures and charges 2017-10-31 Zimbabwe: Chirundu Zimbabwe Resolved
2018-01-22
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Complaint: There is a problem on processing of Temporary Import Permits since Zimbabwe Revenue Authority came up with a system of doing more Temporary Import Permits for one vehicle. Transporters are now made to write 3 Temporary Import Permits on one truck. 1 Temporary Import Permit for the horse and 2 for the 2 trailers. Processing the Temporary Import Permits is taking too long , for example, Temporary Import Permits for 93 & 98 which we submitted at 01:20hrs ( 31st October 2017) were not ready by mid morning 1st November 2017. Another Temporary Import Permit submitted at 1900hrs last in the night of 31st was only done at 03:15 hrs in the morning of 1st November 2017 .

ZIMRA is now making the clearing agent do a TIP for every unit of the truck. The truck itself then the trailer as well. In the case of an interlink, that is 3 TIPS.
 
Resolution status note: On 22 January 2018, FESARTA sent email to Focal Point, Zimbabwe advisng that the NTBs had been resolved as per advice from ZIMRA. ZIMRA advised complainant to approach the ZIMRA office at Chirundu for assistance since this was an issue concerning lack of information on how to go about the procedure. The complainant was guided on the proper forms to use.  
Products: 8709.19: Works trucks, self-propelled, not fitted with lifting or handling equipment, of the type used in factories, warehouses, dock areas or airports for short distance transport of goods; tractors of the type used on railway station platforms (excl. electrical  
NTB-000-779 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin
Policy/Regulatory
2017-05-05 Kenya: Kenya Revenue Authority Tanzania Resolved
2017-10-02
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Complaint: Kenya does not give preferential treatment for wheat flour from Tanzania.  
Resolution status note: During the Bilateral meeting held in September between Kenya and Tanzania, Kenya reported that AZAM company was gazzeted for the duty remission to produce specific products. According to the evidence produced by Tanzania the Tanzania exporter was gazzeted on 14th July, 2017 but the denial of market access to their client in Kenya is said to have happened on 10th February, 2017 before the gazettement. This NTB was therefore resolved.  
NTB-000-778 5.12. Export restraint arrangements 2017-05-05 Tanzania: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Marketing , Uganda Resolved
2017-10-24
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Complaint: Tanzania banned exportation of food items to Uganda hence affecting Intra Regional Trade and endangers food security in the region.  
Resolution status note: In the recent meeting on NTBs held in Kampala on 24th October, 2017, Tanzania reported that this was a food security issue in Tanzania and the meeting agreed that it has been resolved.  
NTB-000-777 7.8. Consular and Immigration Issues 2017-05-05 Tanzania: Ministry of Home Affairs - Immigration Uganda Resolved
2018-05-12
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Complaint: Tanzania imposes Business visa fees of US$100 charged contrary to provisions of the Common Market Protocol  
Resolution status note: During the Senior Officials' meeting held in October, 2017 Tanzania reported that she would follow up with the relevant Authorities on the NTB of charging Business VISA fee for drivers and report back to the Regional Forum in March, 2018. During the 25th EAC Regional Forum on NTBs held from 9- 12 May 2018 Uganda reported that the requirement had been lifted and therefore the issue has been resolved.  
NTB-000-775 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2017-05-05 Tanzania: Tanzania Revenue Authority Kenya Resolved
2018-11-16
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Complaint: It takes more than 14 days to resolve complaints relating to uplifting of invoice values where TRA officers decide to increase the value of the goods. This should take a maximum of two days to complete the process.  
Resolution status note: The SCTIFI meeting held on 16 November 2018 was informed that this NTB had been resolved.  
NTB-000-774 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin
Policy/Regulatory
2017-05-05 Uganda: Uganda Revenue Authority Kenya Resolved
2018-11-16
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Complaint: Lack of preferential treatment of paper sacks manufactured in Kenya and exported into Uganda  
Resolution status note: During the SCTIFI meeting held on 16 November 2018, Uganda reported that the NTB was resolved for Companies that are not under Duty remission.  
NTB-000-772 1.14. Lack of coordination between government institutions
Policy/Regulatory
2017-05-05 Tanzania: Ministry of Works, Transport & Communication Kenya Resolved
2018-01-17
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Complaint: Tanzania are charging railway development levy (RDL) to Kenya products. Tanzania is not adhering to the EAC law where it states clearly that products within the EAC should not be subjected to RDL
 
Resolution status note: During the Bilateral meeting that took place in January 2018, the Permanent/ principal Secretaries took note that Tanzania does not levy RDL on products originating in the EAC region. And hence the NTB was Resolved.  
NTB-000-770 7.4. Costly procedures 2017-05-05 Tanzania: Namanga Kenya Resolved
2018-11-16
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Complaint: Kenya is facing challenges with the delays in verification of perishable goods namely industrial gases and milk products. Industrial gases are exported in liquid state but they very quickly evaporate into gas if the export trucks are left out in the open sun for more than 48 hours. Also, milk is a sensitive product which if not preserved in conducive environment it will get spoiled therefore, should be treated as perishable products under special clearance.
 
Resolution status note: During SCTIFI meeting held on 16 November 2018, Tanzania reported that since the commencement of the SCT, goods are not verified at the border and hence there are no more delays. NTB was therefore resolved  
NTB-000-764 5.13. Other quantity control measures
Policy/Regulatory
2017-05-05 Tanzania: Tanzania Bureau of Standards Kenya Resolved
2018-02-09
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Complaint:
Tanzania does not recognize quality marks issued by Kenya authorities despite the fact that Partner States are implementing harmonized regional standards. Tanzania expects all products imported into that country to meet Tanzania standards.
 
Resolution status note: During the Extra Orinally SCTIFI that sat in February, 2018, Tanzania reported that they recognise quality marks on products from other EAC Partner States. Hence this NTB is resolved.  
NTB-000-762 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin
Policy/Regulatory
2017-05-05 Tanzania: Tanzania Revenue Authority Kenya Resolved
2018-11-16
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Complaint: Lack of Preferential treatment of textiles and apparels products from Kenya when exported into Tanzania  
Resolution status note: During SCTIFI meeting held on 16 November 2018, Kenya reported that stay of application ended on 30th June, 2018 and there was no extension for the same. The NTB was therefore resolved.  
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