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MTI announces end of Kenyan customs crisis with Egypt
21 September 2020  -  Organization :  -  Sector/Entity :  -  Category : General

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The Egyptian Commercial Service addressed the East African Community to extend the tariff exemption on exports from COMESA members until June 30, 2021.

Cairo- September 21, 2020

Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea has announced resolving the crisis with Kenya, whose authorities had imposed customs duties on Egyptian exports, in violation of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Agreement.

She pointed out that the ministry, represented by its Egyptian Commercial Service (ECS), held intensive talks with the East African Community (EAC) to resolve the issue.

The EAC, hence, agreed to extend the tariff exemption on exports from other COMESA countries to the markets of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi until June 30, 2021, the minister added.

“Companies exporting to the Kenyan market were significantly impacted by the unilateral decision of the East African country, causing Egyptian containers to get stuck in the Kenyan port of Mombasa," Gamea said.

Egyptian exports to Kenya registered $416m in 2019, including: paper and its products, sugar, iron and steel, machinery and electrical appliances, plastics, soap, detergents and cement, according to ECS head Ahmed Maghawry.


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