Issue 11: Misinterpretation of EAC Rules of Origin on Mild Steel Plates (HS code 7208.54.00) by some EAC Partner States
Challenge: Some EAC Partner States have been according preferential tariff treatment to Mild Steel Plates which are manufactured by Raw materials classified under (HS 7208.10.00-7208.40.00). Mild Steel Plates manufactured from such raw materials cannot qualify for preferential tariff treatment. This is creating unlevel play field among manufacturers of Mild Steel Plates in EAC Region.
Members Affected: Steel & Tube Industries Ltd and Manufacturers of Mild Steel Plates from Uganda
Status Update: EABC wrote to the EAC Secretariat seeking clarifications on this Matter. EAC has given a clarification and requested submission of evidence on countries which are according preferential tariff treatment to Mild Steel Plates that are using the raw materials which do not qualify for EAC originating.