Tanzania Places Customs Officials in Nairobi and Mombasa Cities of Kenya
Tanzania has dispatched Revenue Authority officials in the two Kenyan Cities of Mombasa and Nairobi.
The Tanzania Revenue Authority personnel are placed in the two neighbouring country stations to facilitate the pre-arrival clearance of goods under the Single Customs Territory framework.
Kenya’s exports to Tanzania for the first quarter of January to March 2022 stood at USD 139.42 million, while imports at USD 118.6 million as far as figures from the Central Bank of Kenya, are concerned.
Trade between Kenya and Tanzania seems to be also flourishing of late.
Kenya’s exports to Tanzania reportedly reached USD 409.7 million in 2021 a remarkable increase from the USD.294.9 million recorded in 2020.
On the other hand Kenya’s imports from Tanzania stood at USD 489.8 million in 2021, up from the USD.258.3million inked in 2020 according to the International Trade Centre.
Official data from the Kenya Revenue Authority at Lunga-Lunga OSBP indicate that imports for Tanzania increased to 3300 trucks per month from 1500 trucks while exports stand at 1000 trucks following the elimination of Non-Tariff barriers.
The East African Business Council’s Chief Executive John Bosco Kalisa reveals that trade within the East African Community stood at USD 5.9 billion in 2020.
According to Kalisa, a joint border performance charter and instituting a green lane for EAC originating goods will enhance trade facilitation and boost intra-EAC trade to over 40 percent.
The Arusha-based East African Business Council organized a Trade Facilitation Forum at the Lunga-Lunga One-Stop-Border Post serving Kenya and Tanzania.
Backed by the GIZ-Support to East African Market-Driven and People-Centred Integration programme (SEAMPEC) the forum was attended by over 50 delegates, among them Officials from the Ministry of EAC Affairs, trade facilitation agencies, importers, exporters, transporters and freight forwarders as well as women cross-border traders.
During the forum, traders from either sides of the border called for the formation of a committee to oversee the release of motorcycles previously impounded and held at the police stations.
Located in the South-East of Kenya, Lunga Lunga if the international border between the country and Tanzania.
The borderline town lies some 102 kilometres, along the road, south of the port city of Mombasa, the nearest large city.