Kenya forced to monitor sugar imports from Uganda

Kenya will now be expected to post-trade facilitation officials in Uganda to gather information, monitor and confirm that Uganda sugar exports into Kenya are wholly obtained from Ugandan factories.

Last year, Kenya’s trade officials declined to allow a section of Ugandan products into the country over concerns that the goods did not meet the rules of origin and tariff obligations.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni last Tuesday met with a delegation from Kenya led by Trade CS Betty Maina in Uganda to discuss the verification of the sugar sector.

This is the second facilitation following a similar case last year as Kenya’s trade officials declined to allow a section of Ugandan products into the country over concerns that the goods did not meet the Rules of Origin and tariff obligations.

Kenya targets to import 90,000 tonnes of sugar from Uganda this year and the remaining 160,000 tonnes from other countries after exhausting its COMESA import quota for 2020.

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