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Tariff for Clothing Duty is Maintained PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maizer   
Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Protests due to high import duties, traders still have to pay 35% of the value of imported clothing. This step follows government's efforts to protect the national industry.

 

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta began realizing agenda of job creation through protection of local textile industry. Last year, Cabinet Secretary of the National Finance Department Henry Rotich introduced import duties of 35% and suspended the East African Community's Common External Tariff / CET tariff by 25%.

 

"The move is intended to protect the local textile and footwear sector from 'unfair competition'. Instead of returning to 25% CET, Kenya through a gazette notification issued June 30 maintains 35% import duties, "Rotich said.

 

The 35% tariff is imposed on items from clothing, accessories, knitwear and others. Kenya has also set "sensitive" items for one year since the items are considered very important for the job creation agenda.

 

The President of Kenya has allocated the textile and apparel sector as one of  main drivers creation field. The reason is that our local textile and bedding sector has been closed due to increasing unfair competition from imports of textiles and footwear and used clothing.

 

"To encourage local production and creation of jobs in this sector, I have introduced a special tariff for import duty of 500 shillings per item or 35%, which is higher than before. This must be maintained so that it is not underestimated, "said Rotich, as reported by Standard Media.

 

Last year, Kenya broke rankings with East African Community (EAC) countries to reduce tariffs on imported used clothing to meet the demands of the United States.

 

The value of used imported clothing in the first three months of this year increased 9% compared to the first quarter of 2018. However, overall clothing imports were recorded to decrease by 22% compared to the same quarter last year.

 

 

 
		
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