Trade War between Kenya and Uganda ends

Kenya is lifting the ban it had imposed on the sale of poultry products from Uganda.

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This move is set to smoothen out the frayed relations between the two countries and will also head off Uganda’s plans to ban imports of Kenya’s agricultural produce in retaliation.

This decision follows fruitful bilateral talks held between the agriculture officials from the two countries.

In a joint communique, the two neighbouring countries say they are working out a long-term policy deal to eliminate trade barriers between the two countries.

This will also ensure that there are no future trade restrictions or bans on each country’s products, imposed by either country on the other.

The ban on poultry products from Uganda to Kenya touched off a longstanding trade dispute that started in 2019 with the said ban.

However, this easing of tensions is partly hinged on another round of inspections by Kenya on milk processing chains in Uganda.

These inspections will be to verify the quality of the milk and determine whether it was locally produced.

Kenya’s Agriculture Secretary Peter Munya and his Trade counterpart Betty Maina met Ugandan Minister for Agriculture Frank Tumwebaze.

The three agreed, “to immediately remove any administrative measures that have hitherto inhibited trade in poultry and poultry products.”

The two sides also agreed to remove prohibitive levies which transgress the East African Community (EAC) Customs Union Protocol.

This will be done by July next year; and is in line with a declaration the two countries made in April.

This newly agreed position means Kenya will now allow the sale of Ugandan eggs, chicks and chicken within its borders.

These were restricted in February this year ostensibly to protect Kenyan farmers and enable them to recover from the adverse effects of Covid-19.

As a result of this agreement, the presumed trade war between the two countries might be over.

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