Kenya lifts restrictions on Uganda sugar exports

Kenya has lifted the ban on import of Uganda’s sugar; a move set to give local manufacturers more opportunities in East Africa’s largest economy.

For almost three years now access to the Kenyan Market by sugar traders has been difficult over claims that Uganda was repackaging imported sugar for export.

“The two states signed a protocol that waived off the ban on export of Uganda’s sugar to Kenya that had affected trade in the last two and half years ,”Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs told Afrika Reporter.

The three countries plus South Sudan form the northern corridor.

Uganda had been locked in trade dispute with Kenya since 2011 when claims emerged that traders from Uganda were simply repacking cheap sugar from COMESA countries for resale in other regional markets.

This saw Kenya slap a ban on Uganda sugar in October 2012, which was later replaced by stringent vetting of consignment that takes up to three months before shipment permits are issued.