Business
Ugandan sugar blocked entry into Kenya
Publish Date: Aug 02, 2014
Ugandan sugar blocked entry into Kenya
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Billy Rwothungeyo                                 

Despite authorities from Uganda and Kenya recently striking a deal to allow sugar exports from the former into the latter, some trucks are still blocked from entering East Africa’s biggest economy.

The chairman of the Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association (USMA), Jim Kabeho, said some trucks are being allowed into Kenya while others are not.

“We have started sugar exports, although we still have a few problems,” he said on the sidelines on the sidelines of the commissioning the Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) Reporting System.

By mid-this week, a truck was still hold up at the border Uganda-Kenya border since last week.

Asked why Kenyan authorities are still blocking some of the Ugandan sugar into their market, Kabeho bluntly said: “Non-Tariff Barrier. They give you one reason on a particular day, then they tell you to come back the following day. When you do, they give you another reason”.

Kabeho, who is also the director of the East African Business Council Uganda, was visibly upset by the blocking of entry of Ugandan exports.

He accused Uganda’s neighbours of protectionist tendencies.

“And it is not sugar alone! Every product that we have a comparative advantage over Kenya has challenges accessing their markets.

“For us, we do not mind – everything from there [Kenya] comes into our market. Uchumi and Nakumatt [supermarkets] trucks cross the border into Uganda every week,” he vented.

The Kenya-Uganda sugar woes started in 2011 when Uganda was experiencing unprecedented sugar shortages. In a sign of solidarity, Kenya scrapped off duty from sugar bound for the Ugandan market.

But later on, the Kenyans accused Uganda of taking advantage of the situation and ‘over-importing’ – from which imported sugar was reportedly being repackaged and exported back to Kenya duty free under the auspices of the EAC Common Market protocol.

 Uganda has since recovered from the 2011 mess, with sugar production now up to an annual tonnage of 462,500, way clear of the domestic tonnage consumption of 300,000.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Farmers trained in silage production
Some 28 agriculture officials and famers have been trained in silage production for pigs....
Doctor Kakooza makes fortune from oranges
Doctor Twaha Kakooza the proprietor of Shatwa Mixed Farm in Bubajjwe village, Kayunga district sold his two dairy cows to start an orange farm....
Real estate market showing signs of recovery
Uganda’s property market continues to show signs of recovery in the retail and office sectors, amid concerns over high interest rates....
Oil prices retreat as dealers eye US data
Oil prices edged lower in cautious Asian trade Friday as investors await the release of a US jobs report for August that could determine the Federal Reserve's timetable for hiking interest rates....
Kasese farmers get modern storage facilities
The World Food Programme (WFP) has handed over three maize storage facilities to three farmers’ cooperatives of Kyabarungira and Kitswamba sub-counties in Kasese district....
EAC’s Sezibera to visit Namanve
The secretary-general of the East African Community is set to visit Namanve Industrial Park on Thursday....
Are poor parliamentary debates a result of removal of school debates?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter