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the definition of free trade according to our neighbor

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Geza Ulole, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. Geza Ulole

    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    Dar company says non-tariff barriers rife in EAC

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    Posted Monday, February 14 2011 at 00:00

    Non-tariff barriers are still rife in the East African Community Common Market, a Tanzanian businessman says.
    Azania Wheat Flour cites blocking of its consignment at the Horohoro border post.
    Sales and marketing manager Mohamed Bashrahil said the company was denied entry into Kenya and was required to pay extra money in storage charges.
    “Three of our trucks were blocked at the Horohoro border by Kenyan customs officials and all 90 tonnes of wheat we were transporting to the country did not reach the intended market,” he told The Citizen.
    He said the company was told to pay storage charges for 45 days and a fee of Sh4.32 million.
    “However, after a heated argument, we were told to pay just half of the money. Sadly, we were told to go back home with our wheat.”
    Commenting on the matter, East African Cooperation minister Samuel Sitta said if the consignment had proper documents, it was wrong for any custom authority to stop it from entering any EAC member state.
    Proper documents
    “The problem arises only when a particular businessperson does not have proper documents on the origin of the products. We only allow free movement of products produced within the region. Stopping such products is going against common market protocol provisions,” Mr Sitta said.
    He called on the Tanzanian businesspeople to report such cases to relevant authorities for the government to intervene.
    According to Mr Bashrahil, Azania obtained a certificate of origin on September 20, 2010 to export wheat to Kenya.
    However, he was shown a notification letter from the Kenya Revenue Authority ordering its officers at the border not to release the three Azania trucks until further notice.
    “We were only allowed to take our trucks, full of wheat flour, on December 7, 2010,” said Mr Bashrahil.
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  2. Bantugbro

    Bantugbro JF-Expert Member

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    I thought our neighbours are hungry they need food, now they need food and money!:sad:
  3. Smatta

    Smatta JF-Expert Member

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    kenyan products are also getting problems reaching the Tanzanian markets, so its rather obvious that bottleneck procedures would be put to demotivate the Tanzanian exporter from reaching the Kenyan market.. besides wheat is in plenty in the Northern Rift, and it wouldnt make any economic sense to flood the market with this produce. Do you know how difficult it is for a legit Kenyan business man to do his business in Tanzania, even with the required documentation or even secure employment (putting into consideration your now famous lack of professionalism in all sectors)? I think the Tanzanian government should first stop treating Kenyans like aliens and admit to the fact that Kenya or rather Kenyans are not the cause of its economic problems.
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    msha i politicise thread! argh!
  5. Geza Ulole

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    If wheat is plenty can these people in the clip afford? au unashangilia tu ujinga? but at least Nationmedia had guts to put this article cause i know it is all about propaganda
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