Intra-regional trade of quality grain expected to increase following the recent gazettement of EAC Standards for Staple Foods.
[Kampala, Uganda -7th February 2018].The Eastern Africa Grain Council, has today launched the 9 product standards for staple foods and 2 standards for sampling and test methods. The standards were handed over for implementation during the Council’s event, held at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala. The Gazetted revised Standards are expected to become legally binding in all partner States four months after publication in the gazette.
The recent gazettement of the grain standards is expected to increase grain trade between Uganda and the East Africa region by reducing standards related Technical barriers, which had previously hampered such trade. “The EAC has been implementing the EAC Customs Union since 1st July 2005.” Indicated the Assistant Commissioner, Ministry of EAC Integration. This she said was an effort “To eliminate internal Tariffs on goods produced within our territories in order to promote intra EAC Trade, adopt a common tax policy on third party goods and eliminate all non-tariff barriers to trade.”