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Imported items to cost more from July



By Judith Gicobi

The East African Community (EAC) secretariat announced that imports of commodities that can be generated in the region will now be subjected to a common external tariff of 35% to encourage domestic production and manufacture.

Dairy and meat commodities, grains, cotton and textiles, iron and steel, edible oils, and alcoholic beverages will all be taxed at a rate of 35%. Furniture, leather goods, fresh-cut flowers, fruits, nuts, sugar and confectionary, coffee, tea, spices, headgear, ceramic goods, and paintings are only a few examples.

The tariff appears to be aimed mostly at agricultural products in order to support farmers and value-added businesses, which are the region’s biggest source of GDP.

Six EAC member states consented to the 35 percent tax on July 1, 2022, at a conference in Mombasa headed by Kenya’s Trade Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina, who is also the chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers.

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