Kenya to import sugar from Eswatini, Zambia
Shipments from Eswatini, Zambia and Mauritius will dominate Kenya’s duty-free sugar imports from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) this year to fill a local production gap, according to a report .
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, supplies from the three countries will represent 69.5% of the 210,163 total tonnes of product that Kenya aims to import from Comesa. The largest batch of duty-free sugar in Kenya will come from Eswatini (68,959 tonnes), followed by Zambia with 41,152 and Mauritius with 36,036.
In East Africa, traders will be allowed to import 18,923 tonnes of merchandise from Uganda, Rwanda (4,072) and Burundi 0.27 tonnes. The Ministry of Agriculture, in the new quota rules for each country, will see millers allowed to import only 210,163 tonnes of the commodity this year out of the usual 350,000 tonnes that the country is normally allocated under the Comesa window. .
Sugar Bill, 2019
“All registered dealers and holders of valid import permits for ground brown / white sugar are therefore required to comply with the provisions of the Import, Export and Crop By-Product (Sugar) Regulations 2020, according to the case, “said AFA chief executive Kello Harsama. .
The Food and Agriculture Authority (AFA) normally reviews sugar import permit applications on the basis of a projected monthly deficit, which depends on local sugar production as well as the country’s consumption. . The Treasury this year capped the amount of sugar that can be imported duty-free into Kenya from the Comesa states at 210,000 tonnes to avoid flooding the market with cheap sweeteners. The Treasury said in March that imports that will exceed 210,163 will attract 100% as the government seeks to control falling prices at sugar mills.
Parliament, through amendments to the Sugar Bill, 2019, wants factories and importers to be required to obtain state pre-import approval as part of new measures to to curb the flooding of the local market with cheap sugar.
“A person importing sugar into Kenya must, prior to import, provide a sample of the sugar to be imported and a pre-import verification certificate from the country of origin,” said Mr. Silas Tiren, who chairs the committee.