Understanding non-tariff barriers and regional integration in the East African Community

Project report Firms and Trade

This study investigates trade and regional integration within the East African Community (EAC), with a particular focus on agricultural goods traded between Kenya and Uganda. In recent years, the EAC has instituted several changes in trade policy, including the introduction of the common market, One Stop Border Post (OSBP), and the single-window policy (a simplified trade regime clearance procedure for small traders). These reforms were generally targeted at simplifying the process of clearing the border, with a goal of reducing non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and facilitating greater trade.