Cross-border traders now have a simplified guide to help them navigate formal trade channels. The USAID Hub and agribusiness suppor
t partner, AGRIFOB, de
veloped the Simplified Trade Regime (STR)
guide for display at border posts throughout the East African Community (EAC). The guide provides an illustrative approach, in multiple languages, to taking advantage of STR provisions and requirements, allowing for the smooth, timely and compliant transit of goods across borders.
The EAC STR is a Customs Union provision that promotes regional integration by providing a framework to ease the requirements of small-scale traders to participate in structured cross-border trade. East African small-scale traders have historically embraced informal and irregular trade practices
to avoid t
t, confiscation of goods, corruption and intimidation at border posts.
The EAC Partner States have been working to eliminate these restrictions to free movement of goods by educating stakeholders on the rights afforded by the EAC STR, which provides a two-fold benefit: 1) formalizing small-scale trade, which leads to increased revenue for governments through tax collection, and 2) providing customs procedures to traders who can plan and budget cross-border trade activities.