Kenya’s exports to region dip 15pc

Kenyan goods being exported to Tanzania at Namanga border. Photo/File

Kenyan goods being exported to Tanzania at Namanga border. Photo/File

By PETERSON THIONG’O

The East African (Posted  Saturday, August 10  2013 at  09:19)

In Summary

  • New data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) show the country exported goods worth Ksh48 billion ($551 million) to Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda in the five months to May, compared with exports of Ksh41.8 billion ($480 million) in the same period last year.
  • The drop was attributed to unfriendly tax regimes and a growing preference among traders for the Dar es Salaam port.

Kenya’s exports to the East African Community fell by 15 per cent in the first five months of the year.

The drop was attributed to unfriendly tax regimes and a growing preference among traders for the Dar es Salaam port.

New data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) show the country exported goods worth Ksh48 billion ($551 million) to Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda in the five months to May, compared with exports of Ksh41.8 billion ($480 million) in the same period last year.

 

The country’s exports to Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda stood at Ksh23.36 billion ($271 million), Ksh13.53 billion ($155.55 million) and Ksh5.81 billion ($66.78 million) respectively.

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Kenya-Uganda trade bilateral meeting to sit Aug 14th – 15th

Stakeholders at the launch of the NTB Reporting System in Kampala. They are eager for solutions to improve cross-border trade in the EAC.

Stakeholders at the launch of the NTB Reporting System in Kampala. They are eager for solutions to improve cross-border trade in the EAC.

A bilateral meeting on trade between Uganda and Kenya has been scheduled for 14th -15th August 2014 at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe, starting at 9:00am. An MOU is expected to be signed between Ministers of Trade of both countries, providing solutions on key trouble-spots affecting Uganda-Kenya trade. Examples include: Sugar, rice, tea, beef, Mombasa port procedures, ARVs, etc …We (private sector) look forward to solutions!

A similar bilateral trade agreement with Rwanda, signed in 2012, has led to significant improvements in trade between the two countries.

Trade Ministry commissions NTB Reporting System

TradeMark East Africa. (click this link for details)

Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde.

Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde.

The New Vision Supplement about commissioning of the NTB Reporting System on July 31st, 2014. Great job!

Improved NTB reporting to increase intra-EAC trade

Minister of Trade Amelia KyambaddeIntra-EAC trade grew to $5.5 billion in 2012, up from $4.5 billion recorded in 2011, even as the five member states hesitated on the elimination of non-trade barriers (NTBs), says Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde, quoting data from the EAC Secretariat. Read More…

NTB Reporting System complements Single Customs Territory

The NTB Reporting System is complemented by the Single Customs Territory, which is implemented by revenue agencies in the EAC, for reporting, monitoring and eliminating NTBs. Benefits of the Single Customs Territory include; Read More…

Mombasa NTBs affect Uganda’s competitiveness

Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde addresses officials at the commissioning of the NTB reporting system on July.31

Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde addresses officials at the commissioning of the NTB reporting system on July.31

Mombasa Port in Kenya is the source of major NTBs that affect Uganda’s trade competitiveness in National, Regional and international Markets, Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives Hon. Amelia Kyambadde has said. Read More…

NTB reporting system launched

By Billy Rwothungeyo (New Vision)

Minister of Trade Amelia KyambaddeTHE Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives has commissioned the Non-Tariff Barriers (NTB) Reporting System, a mobile phone and email-based system that will ease reporting to impediments to trade. Read More…