Tanzania slams US/ EU non-tariff barriers replacing tariffs

Tariff barriers against African exports have fallen, but European and American non-tariff barriers, exacting high standards of compliance, have replaced them, blocking products and produce, Tanzanian deputy trade minister Gregory Teu told the National Assembly.

“American markets are open, but the standards that our products have to meet are too high for our producers to meet,” Teu said in his response to a question from parliamentarian Rita Mlaki who asked what was being done to exploit the two markets under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Everything but Arms (EBA) arrangements.

He said the government, through the Exports Processing Zones Authority (EPZA), was pursuing strategies to promote exports by local and foreign investors, but said the markets are practically inaccessible due to the stringent standards set. Tanzanian exports are chiefly coffee, cotton, sisal, tea, tobacco, cashew nuts and pyrethrum. Seems it should be called “Pain for Trade” not “Aid for Trade” Source: AllAfrica.com

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