Kenya’s imports from Uganda down 34% due to trade wars
The value of goods imported from Uganda fell 34% in the eight months to August as the trade war between Kenya and its neighbors restricted the flow of goods.
According to trade data from the Central Bank of Kenya, imports from Uganda fell from a record 3.2 billion ksh ($ 29 million) in February to 2.09 billion ksh (19 million dollars) during the reporting period, at least seven.
The moon has reached. After Nairobi banned products such as milk and chicken from Uganda, the two countries now face a trade dispute that continues for the second year.
Livestock Minister Harry Kimtai said a Kenyan delegation will visit Uganda this month to resolve a stalemate on trade issues.
“We contacted Uganda and agreed to join the investigation team next month,” Kim Tai said late last month.
However, Kenya’s exports to Uganda increased by 32% in the eight months to August, from Ksh 45.8 billion ($ 423 million) in the same period last year to 60 , 4 billion Kenyan shillings ($ 544 million).
In March, Kenya banned the import of maize from Uganda due to high aflatoxin levels, which exceeded the required limit of 10 ppb.
In September, Kenya cut Uganda’s sugar exports to planned countries by 79%, sparking a trade dispute between two members of the East African Community.
Sugar regulators have said traders could import 18,923 tonnes of sugar from Uganda, up from 90,000 tonnes previously reported to have been shipped from Kenya.
In April, Trade Cabinet Secretary Betty Mina and her Ugandan counterpart agreed that Uganda would export 90,000 tonnes of sugar to Kenya as soon as the country’s verification mission was completed.
The next trade delegation to Kampala will come when Uganda has access to the Zambian market and provides them with a replacement for their products.
Lato’s milk producer Pearl Dairies ensured an annual supply of milk to Zambia after Kenya was severely affected by the suspension of product exports in 2019.
The company is Uganda’s largest dairy processor with a daily capacity of 800,000 liters.