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Tanzania speed-up elimination of NTBs to cut down cost of doing business

In a bid to speed-up elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers, Tanzania has prepared a master plan for reduction in inspection centres and Police road blocks in the Central Corridor which stretches from Dar es Salaam to Rusumo (Rwanda).

In the master plan, the inspection centres will be reduced from the current 15 to just three.

The Minister for East African Cooperation Hon. Samuel Sitta said in the parliament recently that centres will only remain at Vigwaza (Coast Region), Manyoni (Singida) and Nyakanazi (Kagera).

Hon. Sitta said under the new arrangement, all inspection activities will be done at one place which includes weighing, customs, police and any other formalities.

As of March, 2014, a total number of 16 out of the 33 outstanding Non Tariff Barriers (NTBs) were eliminated. Some of the eliminated NTBs include congestion at the port of Dar es salaam; double payment of handling charges at the ICDs and Dar Es Salaam port and Uganda restricting imports of mosquito nets produced by A to Z factory located in Arusha.

Other NTBs eliminated include restriction of imports of beer from Burundi by Tanzania; and harassment of Tanzanian businessmen by Kenyan Immigration Officials at Namanga Border Post.

Tanzania has been named as the leading country in the elimination of Non Tariff Barriers in the Community by the World Bank Group on its study on the Status of Implementation of East African Community Common Market Protocol which was done in collaboration with the EAC Secretariat.

At the regional level, in the year 2013/2014, Partner States prepared the East African Community Non-Tariff Barriers Elimination Bill, 2013. The Bill has been referred to the Sectoral Council on Legal and Judicial Affairs for legal inputs.

“Once enacted, this legislation will establish a legally binding mechanism on the elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers in the Community,” Minister Sitta said