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East African Community implements tariff changes

The East African Community (EAC) Gazette Notice No. 14 of 2021 (the Gazette), released by the EAC Secretariat on 30 June 2021, highlights changes to the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004 (EACCMA) and the East African Community Common External Tariff (EAC CET). The Council of Ministers (The Council) has, through the Gazette, implemented several changes which affect both individual EAC Partner States and the EAC region with effect from 1 July 2021.

In exercise of the powers conferred upon the Council by Articles 12 (3) and 39(c) of the Protocol on the Establishment of the East African Community Customs Union, the Council has approved the following measures on custom duty rates on the items provided under The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System in Annex 1 to the Protocol.

This Alert highlights the implications of some of the international trade-related changes introduced by the Gazette across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi affecting importers.

Source EY

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