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Standards &
SPS

Context &
Overview.

Despite gains made in Strategy 1, intra-EAC trade and exports from the EAC to the rest of the world are still hampered by challenges revolving around standards, technical regulations and meeting SPS measures in key export markets. A recent study in the region by the Overseas Development Institute on the unresolved Non-tariff barriers (NTBs) showed that 24% of all the unresolved NTBs and complaints reported in the time-bound matrix among EAC Partner States relate to the application of quality and safety standards. A majority (60%) of the standards-related complaints concern country-specific product registration, certification, standardisation and testing procedures.

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