ANNOUNCEMENT 20 May 2009In May 2009, the members of the EAC announced a change in import duties.
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The United Republic of Tanzania, Speech by the Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Hon. Mustafa Haidi Mkulo (MP), Introducing to the National Assembly the Estimates of Government Revenue and Expenditure for the financial year 2009/10,http://www.mof.go.tz/mofdocs/budget/BUDGET%20SPEECH%20ENGLISH%20FINAL%20VERSION.pdf
Republic of Kenya Budget speech for the fiscal year 2009/2010, http://www.parliament.go.ke/parliament/downloads/tenth_third_sess/2009-2010%20Budget%20Speech.pdf
Republic of Uganda Budget Speech, Financial year 2009/10,
At the EAC ministers for finance pre budget consultation meeting held in Kenya on 20th May 2009, proposals from Tanzania for the amendment of the Common External Tariff rates were discussed with Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The following changes in EAC customs Management Act and Common External Tariff were agreed.
i) Exempt import duty on heat insulated milk cooking tanks for dairy industry in order to promote their usuage for hygienic collection of milk and improve the quality of the milk. Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania have implemented this measure.
(ii)Tanzania to continue the stay of application of CET rate of 35% and apply 10% on wheat grain of HS codes 1001.90.20 and 1001.90.90 for 1 year as the wheat production in the region cannot meet demand.
(iii)Tanzania to remove the 10% import duty on pharmaceuticals and start applying the CET rate of 0% like other EAC Partner States.
(iv)Tanzania to remove the 10% import duty rate on crude palm oil and start applying CET rate of 0% like other EAC Partner States. The measure will put domestic industries in the level playing field with their counterparts in East Africa.
(v) Exempt import duty on industrial spare parts subject to conditions that will be developed by the Secretariat of the EAC in collaboration with the partner states. The measure intends to reduce the cost of production and promote investment in the industrial sector.
(vi) Exempt import duty on four wheel drive vehicles specially designed and built for tourist purposes in order to promote tourist business in the region. The EAC Secretariat has been directed to develop criteria and specification for eligible tourist vehicles and conditions for managing the exemption. Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania have implemented it.
(vii) Exempt import duty on equipments and inputs, excluding motor vehicles, imported by a licensed company for direct and exclusive use in oil, gas or geothermal exploration and development upon recommendation by a competent authority of a Partner State. Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania have implemented it.
(viii) Exempt import duty on raw materials used for the manufacture of sanitary towels and tampons in order enable users to get these hygienic products at affordable price. Kenya and Tanzania have implemented it.
(ix) Reduce import duty rate from 25% to 0% for asbestos fibers of HS codes 6812.80.00 and 6812.99.00 used for manufacture of brake linings and pads as these inputs are not available in the region. In Tanzania's 2009 - 10 budget,the reduction of import duty rate to 0% for asbestors fibers of HS codes 6812.80.00 and 6812.99.00 used for manufacture of brake linings and pads was proposed.
(x) Reduce import duty rate from 25% to 0% on television cameras, digital cameras and video camera recorders of HS code 8525.80.00 in order to promote filming industry and create employment and income for the youth. Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have implemented it.
(xi) Reduce import duty rate on worn clothing from 45% or US$0.30 per kilo to 35% orUS$0.20 per kilo whichever is higher for a period of 1 year. Both Kenya and Tanzania have implemented this.
(xii) Increase import duty rate on yoghurt and other buttermilk of HS codes 0403.10.00 and 0403.90.00 from 25% to 60% to protect the dairy sector from stiff competition arising from importation of these products. Tanzania has implemented this.
(xiii) Grant duty remission on raw materials for use by paper and paperboard mills. Tanzania and Kenya will submit to the EAC Secretariat a list of manufacturers and quantities of the required raw materials. Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have implemented it.
(xiv) Reduce import duty rate on light trucks of at least 5 tons carrying capacity under HS code 8704.22.90 from 25% to 10% for a year for Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Also remove import duty on heavy trucks of more than 20 tons carrying capacity under HS codes 8704.23.90 for one year for Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda while verification mission is being undertaken to establish Kenya's capacity and price competitiveness in manufacturing of trucks in relation to demand and usage in the region.
(xv) Remove import duty rate on synthetic yarn in order to reduce production costs to the producers who uses synthetic yarn for blending with cotton yarn. Kenya and Tanzania have reduced import duties on synthetic yarn.