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Non-Tariff Trade Barriers in East Africa: A profile

Ayoki, Milton (2008): Non-Tariff Trade Barriers in East Africa: A profile. Published in:

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Abstract

This paper documents the typology, forms, and scope of non-tariff trade barriers (NTBs) in East Africa (EAC). It finds evidence that reveal inefficiencies and delays at port and customs, transport delays, multiple transit fees, restricted axle load limits and too many weigh bridges and police road blocks, import and export inspection and certification procedures, arbitrary use of rules of origin and arbitrary interpretation of standards and SPS requirements, and infrastructure constraints as major obstacles to the flow of trade in East African community. They elevate the cost of trading across borders, and severely impair export competitiveness especially of the landlocked EAC members.

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