Despite the efforts to improve the “ease” of doing business within the East African Community, exporting goods to Tanzania is not getting any easier. There is a huge problem with non-tariff barriers:

[Tanzania] has added rather than subtracted checkpoints along the main export corridor within its territory; it charges imports of Kenyan plastics at up to 25 per cent tax, even though they are zero-rated under the treaty; it charges Ugandans $50 a visa, even though it should be free; and it has banned the sale herbal products at home unless they are Tanzanian. In a particularly astounding move, it won’t let cargo trucks from Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda move around the country, at all, after 6pm.

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