Uganda among EAC States with the Least Non Tariff Barriers

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Musiige Sam Mukitale, Principal Commercial Officer at the Ministry of East African Community Affairs (EACA) explained that NTBs are not taxable, but are measures used to cross check goods moving within the country and across its borders.

Multiple agencies operating on roads and border points hinder the elimination of all Non Tariff Barriers (NTB) as required by the East Africa Community.
 
Although Uganda has tried to reduce major NTBs other structures like weighbridges, police road blocks, and administrative measures by Government Agencies still exist.
 
Musiige Sam Mukitale, Principal Commercial Officer at the Ministry of East African Community Affairs (EACA), explained that NTBs are not taxable, but are measures used to cross check goods moving within the country and across its borders.
 
In an interview with Uganda Radio Network, Mukitale said that the EAC will introduce sanctions on states that fail to eliminate NTBs.
 
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Although NTBs cause delays, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) maintains that some are necessary for traffic checks, security purposes, and enforcement of laws.
 
URA’s Commissioner for Customs Richard Kamajugo told URN on phone that the body had eliminated all the unnecessary NTBs that fall under its jurisdiction because all tax authorities in the region had agreed upon this measure and harmonised it at the regional level’.  
 
Even as the community pushes for the elimination of all NTBs, some states are introducing new ones. Mukitale revealed that in a recent EAC summit in Dares Salaam, Tanzania, 37 NTBs were unresolved, 4 new NTBs emerged and 40 others reduced.
 
Uganda is one of the countries with the least NTBs, he said.
 
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Mukitale also notes that internal policies within member states have contributed to the slow progress. For instance, some states demand for cash bonds, clearance certificates or ban products transiting through member states borders.
 
To further alleviate NTBs the EAC is set to establish one stop border posts where immigration and revenue procedures are centralised.
 
 Already construction work for a one stop border post has started at the Malaba border in Kenya. Uganda is set to begin work in Mutukula with funding from World Bank, while Tanzania construction work is set to be complete by end of February. Mukitale said.