How to trade within the East African Community (EAC)
The East African Community (EAC)
The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organization of 7 Partner States: The Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
The mission of the Community is to widen and deepen economic, political, social, and cultural integration in order to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value-added production, trade, and investments.
The Community’s Customs Union includes aims to further liberalization of intra-regional trade in goods; promote production efficiency in the Community; enhance domestic, cross-border, and foreign investment; and promote economic development and industrial diversification.
Through its Common Market Protocol, the EAC seeks to progressively transform into a single market that allows for free movement of goods, persons, services, labour, and capital while guaranteeing rights to residence and establishment.
Follow this link https://tradehelpdesk.eac.int/ to access the EAC Trade Information Portal (TIP) which gives access to step-by-step guides on licenses, pre-clearance permits, and clearance formalities for the most traded goods within, to, and from the East African Community (EAC) to understand how you can export and import to EAC.
You can also access the East African community website here: https://www.eac.int/