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Regional Trade Enhancement

A number of measures have been taken at the Community level to enhance trade, and these include the following:

The Customs Union Protocol - The objectives of the Customs Union include furthering the liberalization of intra-regional trade in goods; promoting production efficiency in the Community; enhancing domestic, cross-border and foreign investment; and promoting economic development and industrial diversification;

Trade Facilitation - The Partner States have agreed to cooperate in simplifying, standardizing and harmonizing trade information and documentation so as to better facilitate trade in goods;

Anti-dumping measures - The Community has developed anti-dumping regulations, as elaborately highlighted in the EAC Customs Union Protocol;

Competition Policy and Law – EAC already has in place an EAC Competition Policy and Law currently being implemented by the Partner States with an aim to deter any practice that adversely affects free trade within the Community;

Re-export of goods - Re-exports are to be exempted from the payment of import or export duties;

Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) to trade - Under Article 13 of the Customs Union Protocol, the EAC Partner States have agreed to remove all existing non-tariff barriers to trade and not to impose any new ones;

Standards and Measures - Under Article 81 of the Treaty Establishing the Community, the EAC Partner States recognized the importance of standardization, quality assurance, metrology and testing (SQMT) for the promotion of trade and investment and consumer protection, among other things.