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Egyptian exports retain duty-free access to Kenya market
6 July 2021  -  Sector :  -  Entity :  -  Category : Trade News

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Kenya will extend customs exemptions granted to member states of COMESA member countries for one year.

Cairo- July 6, 2021

Egyptian exports will maintain their access to the Kenyan market tariff-free for a period of one year, as of July, Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea has announced.

She said that the Egyptian commercial office in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has received a formal letter from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) stating that it had obtained the approval of the East African Community (EAC) to extend for a year customs exemptions granted to member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

 “The move will keep Egypt’s exports flowing into Kenya, especially being one of the country’s key export markets in the COMESA and EAC,” said Ahmed Maghawry, head of the Egyptian Commercial Service.

Maghawry added that total Egyptian exports to the Kenyan market amounted to $448.5 million in 2020, up 5.3% from a year before, noting that top shipments to Kenya include: sugar, detergents, cement, iron and steel, machinery, equipment and electrical appliances.

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