Kenya, Tanzania seek to eliminate trade barriers

Kenya and Tanzania are seeking to eliminate at least 10 nontariff barriers that hinder cross border trade between the two countries. A second trade mission in the coming months will focus on Dodoma the new capital in central Tanzania and Zanzibar to ensure Kenyan products are available in the superstore.

The April meeting is expected to eliminate the 10 trade barriers between the two countries.

Kenya High Commissioner to Tanzania Dan Kazungu says a trade delegation from the two states will meet in April to hold discussions on the trade barriers with a view of increasing “made in Kenya products” on Tanzanian shelves.

Kazungu also says exports to Tanzania rose Ksh 5billion to stand at Ksh 38billion, a figure attributed to the resolution of 25 non-tariff barriers last April, from 37.

Tanzania remains one of Kenya’s largest trade partners in the region.

Already the Kenyan Government has sent a High-level trade delegation to Tanzania for two months to engage all business distribution channels to ensure Kenyan products are available on Tanzania shelves.

Exports to Tanzania were hurt by the exit of two Kenyan retailers, Uchumi and Nakumatt.

The delegation under the Brand KE consortium is touring Moshi, Arusha, Mwanza and Dar-es-Salaam, and Mbeya the southern capital.

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