african grains

Tariff and non-tariff barriers are adversely affecting grain trade across the Eastern African region, a report by the East African Grain Council (EAGC) showed on Tuesday.

The barriers arising from rules of origin are being enforced on commodities such as rice, sugar, wheat and confectioneries.

“In the process of enforcing the law, small-scale grain traders have suffered due to an increase in the cost of doing business. This has escalated an already active informal trade in the region,” said the report dubbed Eastern Africa Grain Markets and Trade watch.

According to the report, in Uganda, authorities are employing stringent measures on rice importation from Tanzania with more requirements from the Uganda Bureau of Standards (UNBS).

Traders from Uganda selling to Tanzania, on the other hand, are required to retest products that had been already certified by UNBS.

“Market chains between Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda were disrupted by the outbreak of Ebola, which was reported in August 2018. Stringent measures were taken at key border crossing point affecting commodity trade,” the report said. Enditem

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