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CS Kuria threatens Egypt with duty on exports

He faulted Egypt for subsidising companies exports duty free to COMESA.

In Summary

•Kuria said it is unfair for Egypt to continue subsidizing their companies that are exporting duty free to COMESA region. 

•Goods being imported from Egypt do not attract duty.

 

Trade, Investment and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria.
Trade, Investment and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria.
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Investments Trade and Industry Cabinet secretary Moses Kuria has threatened to impose duty on Egypt exports.

The CS said it was unfair for Egypt to continue subsidising their companies that are exporting duty free to COMESA region.

Kuria said Kenya will be forced to move that direction if Egypt does not stop subsiding duty free exports.

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"Kenya will join Uganda in imposing excise duties on such products. We will jointly raise this issue during the COMESA Trade Ministers meeting in Lusaka next week," Kuria said on twitter.

Kenya has for the last one year been exempting Egyptian exports from customs duties.

Kenya had in 2021 obtained the approval of the East African Community’s (EAC) Customs Union to extend the exemption of customs duties on imports from Egypt.

This was also to apply to goods from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) until June 2023.

Egypt being a member country of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is allowed to export its good for free into the COMESA region.

All member countries, Kenya included are allowed to export their good duty free within the region. 

 

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