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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
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NTB-000-792 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees 2017-11-01 Zambia: Chililabombwe SADC New View
Complaint: Transporters are being charged a motor vehicle fee by Chililabombwe Municipal Council. There is no justification for such a fee since the transporters do not receive any services from the Council. The transporters are travelling on national roads, which are maintained by the government and not the Council. The transporters pay road user charges to the government to maintain the roads. According to NTB-000-480, this was addressed on the 7 September 2016, but this problem has emerged again since 20th October 2017.  
NTB-000-791 8.6. Vehicle standards
Policy/Regulatory
2017-11-10 Botswana: Kazungula Road SADC New View
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.
 
NTB-000-789 2.10. Inadequate or unreasonable customs procedures and charges 2017-10-31 Zimbabwe: Chirundu Zimbabwe New View
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.
 
Progress: On 9th November 2017, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority reported that there isn’t a non-tariff barrier in this case. Customs Procedure for Commercial Temporary Import Permit (CTIP) clearance process is that the Form shall be completed by the Owner or Driver. A separate permit shall be issued for each vehicle unit (e.g. for a mechanical horse and two trailers, three separate permits are to be issued). This procedure is currently manual and has been in place for a long time for use by Commercial vehicles. Separate permits are issued because the vehicles can leave Zimbabwe at difference times

Use of the incorrect form that is a Temporary Importation Permit (TIP) may be the cause of the inconvenience. The complaint suggests that the client may be using the wrong platform (eTIP mobile App) , an application that is meant for tourist vehicles, to request for CTIPs. The client may need to approach the Station Manager for the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority at Chirundu One Stop Border Post to be 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-000-788 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin 2017-06-01 Ethiopia: All Ethiopian banks. Egypt New 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).  
NTB-000-785 8.8. Issues related to transit 2017-10-25 Zimbabwe: Beitbridge SADC New View
Complaint: Haphazard breaking of seals at Beitbridge Border without any proof of authentication. Customs officials are breaking the transit cargo seals on the containers and merely crossing out the seal on the manifest and replacing it with the temporary seal. This has severe implications as these containers have already been fumigated and opening the container compromises the fumigation process and leaves the load susceptible to tobacco beetle cross infestation at the border. As there is no authenticity/customer number/stamp endorsing the seal change it means that anyone could have tampered with the cargo on route and this possess another issue with our customers in the USA as it contravenes their anti terrorism procedures . There was legislation passed by ZIMRA in terms of SI 113 of 2017, the Customs and Excise (General) Regulations, SI 154 of 2001, Section 60 that states no seals should be opened in transit through Zimbabwe in order to improve the management of transit cargo. This new legislation needs to be passed on to the officials at Beitbridge (Zimbabwe side)as they are still breaking seals at the border.  
Products: 2401.10: Tobacco, unstemmed or unstripped  
NTB-000-784 8.8. Issues related to transit 2017-10-10 Zambia: Kapiri Mposhe South Africa New View
Complaint: Transporters are experiencing substantial delays at the weigh-bridges in Zambia when transiting to and from DRC. To make matters worse trucks get weighed at more than one weigh bridge even though the drivers have copies of the initial weigh bridge slips showing no overloads.  
NTB-000-783 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2017-09-19 Zimbabwe: Beitbridge South Africa New View
Complaint: Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) is not adhering to their new procedure for handling transit cargo thereby causing serious delays in clearance of trucks at the Beitbridge border post.
Truckers are experiencing serious delays because ZIMRA is not adhering to the procedure it stipulated in its communication documents. ALL transit cargo is being fitted with seals, despite the cargo already being sealed by client at loading point. Communication from drivers indicated that, currently only 5 trucks being sealed per day.
Trucks then going onto a "list" for transit escort. This is despite the official communication stipulating that ONLY trucks carrying cargo that is not covered by a suitable tent/tarpaulin that cannot be sealed will be considered by authorities to be escorted.
Truck is a tautliner and thus can be sealed yet driver has been informed it needs to be escorted, and he was informed that 5 trucks per day are escorted to Chirundu. Currently he is number 48 in the "list". This goes against what was communicated in ZIMRA informational document.
Our trucks have Route Risk Assessment done prior for the reasons stated by another complainant, yet ZIMRA wants to dictate which roads and routes to use. This procedure is causing unnecessary delays at the border.
 
NTB-000-782 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees 2017-09-17 Zimbabwe: Chirundu Zimbabwe New View
Complaint: Trans[porters are experiencing the following delays and other administrative costs as a result of the sealing process by ZIMRA:
• The vehicles are delayed up to 24 hours while waiting for the seals
• ZIMRA Officials remove existing seals to fit their seal and then do not replace the seals when their electronic seals are removed
• ZIMRA Officials have refused to endorse the documents when seals have been removed
• They have damaged transporters equipment and gone so far as to use a drill on a loaded fuel tanker to drill a large hole to fit their seal. This is completely unacceptable!
• Where one of their seals was incorrectly fitted and fell off the truck, they then cut other seals and drew samples of the product to ensure it had not been contaminated. No explanation was given and our customer consequently rejected the load as the integrity had been corrupted
• Transporters are expected to adhere to routes stipulated by ZIMRA. We have Route Risk Assessments on all our routes. The route is determined due to a number of factors including distance and safety. This is pertinent to Zimbabwe where the road infrastructure is failing
• Beyond the instruction to pay for the sealing, transporters are further expected to pay the costs of escorts
 
NTB-000-781 2.6. Additional taxes and other charges 2015-11-19 Mozambique: Delegação Aduaneira de Goba (Road) Swaziland 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: 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-000-780 6.5. Variable levies 2017-07-28 Tanzania: Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority Tanzania New View
Complaint: TFDA (Tanzania Foods & Drugs Authority) imposes a 1% fees on FOB value on all imports (food, drugs & cosmetics) including the ones coming from Zanzibar which is part of the United Republic of Tanzania. The ZFDB (Zanzibar Food & Drugs Board) does the same thing as they are trained by TFDA. This is badly hurting local and regional trade as well as local manufacturers.  
NTB-000-779 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin
Policy/Regulatory
2017-05-05 Kenya: Kenya Revenue Authority Tanzania In process View
Complaint: Kenya does not give preferential treatment for wheat flour from Tanzania.  
Progress: During the Bilateral meeting held in September between Kenya and Tanzania, Kenya reported that AZAM company was gazetted for the duty remission to produce specific products. According to the evidence produced by Tanzania the Tanzania exporter was gazetted 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.  
NTB-000-777 7.8. Consular and Immigration Issues 2017-05-05 Tanzania: Ministry of Home Affairs - Immigration Uganda In process View
Complaint: Tanzania imposes Business visa fees of US$100 charged contrary to provisions of the Common Market Protocol  
Progress: 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.  
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: 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.  
NTB-000-775 2.8. Lengthy and costly customs clearance procedures 2017-05-05 Tanzania: Tanzania Revenue Authority Kenya In process View
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.  
Progress: In June, 2017 Tanzania reported that she considers that uplifting of value is not an NTB because valuation is done according to agreed customs valuation and it is done to all importers irrespective of the producers and country of origin.

The NTB was discussed during the Bilateral meeting between Kenya and URT that was held in September, 2017 and the PSs agreed that if Kenya has specific issues it can be easily raised and addressed between the KRA/TRA on case by case basis.
 
NTB-000-774 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin
Policy/Regulatory
2017-05-05 Uganda: Uganda Revenue Authority Kenya In process View
Complaint: Lack of preferential treatment of paper sacks manufactured in Kenya and exported into Uganda  
NTB-000-773 2.3. Issues related to the rules of origin
Policy/Regulatory
2017-05-05 Uganda: Uganda Revenue Authority Kenya In process View
Complaint: Lack of preferential treatment of packaging materials for beverages i.e. juice, milk etc manufactured in Kenya when exported into Uganda.  
Progress: During the Meeting that took place in October, 2017, Uganda reported that she would consult about this NTB and report back.  
NTB-000-772 1.14. Lack of coordination between government institutions
Policy/Regulatory
2017-05-05 Tanzania: Ministry of Works, Transport & Communication Kenya In process View
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
 
NTB-000-770 7.4. Costly procedures 2017-05-05 Tanzania: Namanga Kenya In process View
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.
 
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.

 
NTB-000-767 7.4. Costly procedures 2017-05-05 Tanzania: Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority Kenya In process View
Complaint: TFDA delays issuance of registration certificate causing Kenyan companies to lose out on trade. The finalization of the accepted label can take between 3-12 months. This additionally increase the cost of doing business as a manufacturer would have to pay certification fees more than three times to have one label approved due to the deadlines imposed in terms of getting labels approved. Kenya products have been stranded at the borders or manufacturers warehouse because they have not passed TFDA requirements.  
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