In Summary

  • Tanzania has also banned overland transport of maize from Zambia into Kenya.
  • Kenya has argued that wheat imports from Tanzania were outside the common external tariff benchmarks.

DAR ES SALAAM

Diplomatic and trade relations between Kenya and Tanzania appear to be going through turbulent times, with both imposing tit-for-tat bans on each other’s exports.

Kenya has banned Tanzanian wheat flour and gas imports, citing safety and quality concerns and Tanzania has reciprocated by slapping a ban on Kenyan tyres, margarine and fermented milk.

MAIZE
Tanzania has also banned overland transport of maize from Zambia into Kenya, which is experiencing one of the severest shortages of the staple in years.

The trade tiff is strange, given the huge volumes of goods flowing between the two countries and the potential harm that trade disputes could cause.

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