Tanzania and Kenya are once again locked in a trade war over the testing of goods crossing their borders.
Kenya filed a complaint with the East African Community Secretariat after Tanzania held Kenyan goods for more than seven days to collect samples for testing. The directive took effect on February 25.
Acting director for quality management at the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) Lazaro Msasalaga told The EastAfrican that for three months, Kenya has subjected Tanzanian products to quality verification before entering its territory. This goes against a mutual agreement on the standards of goods traded within the East African Community.
“Spirits and tiles are some of the products from Tanzania that are subjected to quality verification before entering Kenya, despite having a TBS quality mark,” said Mr Msasalaga, adding that the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has been taking samples of the products for verification in Nairobi, a process that can take a month.
“I wrote to Kebs about this matter, but they have never responded, prompting us to retaliate,” Mr Msasalaga said.
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