The Trade and Policy Department is mandated to broadly deal with Trade Policy and specifically, Regional Integration, Trade Facilitation and Illicit Trade.
The East African Community Duty Remission Scheme
The East African Community (EAC) Duty Remission Scheme is an incentive granted to manufacturers in the EAC Region who import inputs and raw materials for manufacturing activities. Its provided for under Section 140 of the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.
The remission is meant to either promote government objectives or to facilitate the government in complying with international obligations.
Its originally an export promotion scheme to encourage exports of goods outside EAC, however, it further evolved through the Essential Goods Production Support Programme (EGPSP).
The objective of EGPSP is to provide affordable essential goods for domestic market.
Some of the products under EGPSP include industrial sugar, liquid glucose, wheat, paper for exercise & textbooks, inputs for manufacture of sanitary towels & baby diapers, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, face masks, PPEs etc.