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Category 1. Government participation in trade & restrictive practices tolerated by governments
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Category 5. Specific limitations
Category 6. Charges on imports
Category 7. Other procedural problems
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NTB-000-674 2.14. Other 2015-07-03 Mozambique: Posto Fiscal de Calomue Zimbabwe In process View
Complaint: TRANSHAUL Zimbabwe had 2 trucks arrive at Calomue border on Friday 3 July loaded with groundnuts, they were told they had to wait for a free escort on Monday, or pay for an escort to take them to Cuchamano on Saturday. Against our advise, our client paid the fees being demanded ($100 / truck) after which, the escort only went as far as Tete with the trucks, where they were told they should pay again for another escort to take them through to Cuchamano. Again, our client paid the escort fees. The transporter had another 2 trucks arrive at Calomue on Monday 6 July with groundnuts, who were again told they must pay for escort, or wait until Wednesday for someone to escort them for free. I have told our client not to pay.

The adding of a commodity to the anti-dumping list with an escort requirement by customs needs to be documented and communicated prior to the introduction thereof. Also the communication should clearly state what the cost if any of the escorts are from point of entry to point of exit and availability of escorts.

The current situation being applied as described under paragraph one is not acceptable and needs to be clarified by Alfandega agents at Calomue border demanding escort fees from drivers without documentary proof.
 
Progress: On 3rd August 2015, Mozambique focal point advised that Fiscal escort will only take place in cases involving transit of high risk goods in terms of revenue; and it is the responsibility of the Provincial Director of Customs or Customs Delegate to approve the fiscal escort and its terms. It is the responsibility of each Customs Province Directorate through its mobile teams and intermediary fixed points of fiscalization to monitor the vehicles under fiscal escort within their jurisdictional area.

When fiscal escorts are determined by customs authority, collection of any values and money deductions for pocket money purposes by customs officials escorting the vehicles is not allowed. Customs officials escorting the vehicles in transit are not allowed to board the vehicles being escorted by them.

Regarding this specific case, our understanding is that some misbehaving customs officials may be engaged in collecting money for their own pockets/benefit. In order to stem these illegal attitudes, all operators in the transit chain, including brokers and drivers are encouraged to report this to the Border Managers every time it occurs. In order for Focal points to launch full investigation on this specific case, the complainant is kindly requested to provide details such as invoice or any other supporting document handed to the driver or transit agent.
 
NTB-000-698 2.14. Other
Policy/Regulatory
2014-07-23 EAC EAC In process View
Complaint: Border management institutions’ working hours are not harmonized.  
Progress: Implementation pending completion of OSBP in June 2016.
The Joint Border Committee (JBC’s) which have proved to be very effective in fast tracking border trade transactions should be facilitated by providing them with offices and other support to ensure smooth operationalization of OSBP and harmonization of working hours
Rwanda reported that the working hours have been harmonized.

Uganda harmonized the working hours at Malaba, Busia, Mutukula and Milama Hill, Katuna and Cyanika Borders.

Kenya reported that the Borders of Malaba, Busia, Namanga and Holili have harmonized the working hours.
 
NTB-000-710 2.14. Other
Policy/Regulatory
2016-04-01 Tanzania: Tanzania Revenue Authority Kenya In process View
Complaint: TRA offices close earlier (3.00 pm) than KRA Office hindering the Verification at Inland Container Deport (ICD) Nairobi  
Progress: URT reported that TRA Officers deployed in Kenya for the Single Customs Territory (SCT) are working under KRA working hours. There are 6 TRA Officers in Kenya i.e 3 in Nairobi and 3 in Mombasa.

This NTB is to be referred to the SCT Committee.
 
NTB-000-714 6.7. Other
Policy/Regulatory
2016-06-30 Tanzania: Tanzania Food and Drug Authority Kenya In process View
Complaint: TFDA registers injectables as per pack size and treats each product by itself rendering retaining licences for the product very expensive.  
Progress: At the 21st meeting of the EAC Regional Forum on NTBs, Tanzania undertook to investigate and report back  
NTB-000-700 1.4. Preference given to domestic bidders/suppliers
Policy/Regulatory
2015-07-24 Kenya: Ministry of EAC, P.O. Box 8846-00200, NAIROBI. Tel: +254 722475368 Uganda In process View
Complaint: Kenya was restricting Cable Corporation (Uganda) Ltd from its tendering processes for the supply of electric cable products  
Progress: Uganda informed the meeting that the NTB still exists. Kenya undertook to consult and report back during the next meeting.  
NTB-000-033 5.10. Prohibitions 2008-12-22 Uganda: Ministry of Rourism, Trade and Industry Kenya In process View
Complaint: Ban on Imports

Kenya has complained that Uganda had placed a ban on beef imports
 
Progress: 1. The NTBs Ministerial Forum urged the Republic of Kenya to review the legal notice No. 69 to address the issues of the BSE disease by December 30th, 2012.

A bilateral meeting was held between Kenya and Uganda between 29th– 30th October, 2015 and among others deliberated on this NTB and agreed that the issue be eventually resolved pending submission of documents on amended laws on fulfillment of conditions for control of bovine and other import diseases into Kenya, by Kenyan authorities to the Ugandan High Commission in Kenya for onward transmission to Uganda government "

2. On 11th September 2014, COMESA Secretariat reported that COMESA had engaged Uganda on this issue but the status still remained the same. Earlier in April 2014, COMESA Secretariat had also suggested that this NTB be addressed within the EAC arrangement. EAC focal points are therefore expected to take this issue up at the next NTBs Ministerial Forum.
 
Products: 0202.30: Frozen, boneless meat of bovine animals  
NTB-000-653 3. Technical barriers to trade (TBT)
B15: Registration requirement for importers for TBT reasons
Policy/Regulatory
2014-12-11 Tanzania: Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority Kenya In process View
Complaint: Tanzania food and Drugs Authority requires Burundi and Kenyan companies exporting to United Republic of Tanzania to register which may entail retesting and re-labeling of the products before exporting.  
Progress: 1. Partner States’ Standards bureaus should give mutual recognition of quality marks issued by competent authorities in Partner States. The TFDA should eliminate its requirement that companies exporting to URT should re-register, re-label and retest their products.

2.The 16th EAC NTBs Forum held in Kigali noted that the 18th meeting of the East African Standards Committees held in 2014 deliberated on the NTB and:

i) urged TBS to adopt all the harmonized EAC Standards to ensure that there are no barriers arising from the Standards; and

ii) requested TFDA to carry out a review on food product safety control systems in other Partner States for the purpose of creating confidence and facilitating trade within the EAC region and report back to the Committee by June 2015.
 
NTB-000-701 6.5. Variable levies
Policy/Regulatory
2015-07-15 Tanzania: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Kenya In process View
Complaint: United Republic of Tanzania has introduced a railway development levy of 1.5 per cent for imports from Kenya.
Reported in 2015.
 
Progress: United Republic of Tanzania reported that the levy had been abolished but Kenya provided evidence which showed that the exporters are still been charged as per February, 2016. The recommended that Tanzania forward a copy of the legal notice which abolished the levy to EAC secretariat by 15th April 2016 for circulation to Partner States.

URT reported that the railway development levy was removed in March 2016 and one case that happened was a system error and the system has been improved to avoid similar errors in future.

The Secretariat reported that it received an official communication from URT on 27th April 2016 informing that the NTB had been resolved. The copy of the letter was circulated in the Meeting of the 21st NTBs Forum.
However, Kenya reported that they are going to confirm the status and report back to the next meeting in September 2016. In the meantime the NTB remain unresolved.
 
NTB-000-566 8.6. Vehicle standards
Policy/Regulatory
2013-02-12 Botswana: Pioneer Gate South Africa In process View
Complaint: This complaint is registered by FESARTA.
The Botswana traffic authorities at Pioneer Gate, are applying outdated overall vehicle width and overall vehicle height limits. The are applying maximum 2.5m width and 4.1m height.
For many years, SADC has recommended 2.6m width and 4.3m height.
Most of the countries in the Southern African region, have 2.6m and 4.3m, and so the vehicles are built to suit these dimensions. They cannot be reduced to 2.5m and 4.3m without major structural alterations.
Furthermore, the 2.6m width was set so that an ISO shipping container, which is 2.4m wide, can be loaded onto a trailer that has sideboards. This cannot be done on a trailer that is 2.5m wide, since the sideboards take up at least 100mm width. The 2.6m also allows two standard pallets to be loaded side-by-side inside a pantechnicon body.
On occasions, when this problem has arisen in the past, the traffic officials have agreed that, to facilitate trade, the vehicles can operate in Botswana. But, there are also occasions, such as the present case, when traffic officials have insisted that the smaller dimensions must be enforced. This is a serious inconvenience and extra cost to transporters.
For trade facilitation, Botswana must change its act to the larger dimensions, and, in the meantime, allow vehicles with those dimensions to operate freely.
 
Progress: 1. On 30 April 2013, Botswana reported that , as per the Botswana regulations, Road Traffic Act (RTA), dimensions for width and height are 2.5m and 4.1m respectively. Botswana is in the process of amending the RTA regulations and the Road Traffic Signs Regulations. The proposed amendments and the dimensions are 2.6m and 4.3m in conformity with the regional standard.

2. On 18 November 2014, Botswana focal point reported that the relevant Authority in Botswana had been contacted to update on the progress on the regulation amendments to conform to SADC vehicle dimensions.
 
NTB-000-670 8.6. Vehicle standards 2015-05-08 Tanzania: Tunduma 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.
 
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.
 
NTB-000-708 8.6. Vehicle standards
Policy/Regulatory
2016-04-30 Kenya: Mombasa sea port Uganda In process View
Complaint: Charging of a Ks. 30,000 fines for criminal offence (TR361/16) for lorries imported by Uganda from German without Mud Guards.  
Progress: Kenya reported that this is a legal requirement which is not discriminatory. The legal instrument was circulated during the 20th NTBs Forum.

Kenya to issue a formal notice on the regulation requiring port exit with mud flaps fitted.
 
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