All Egyptian diplomatic missions to member nations of the COMESA are now required to endorse the organization’s certificates in order to ease the exportation of goods into Egypt, reported The East African.
COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) certificates of origin are issued by member states to verify that exports indeed originate from the country listed. This is to avoid dumping and the re-exporting of products of foreign origin.
This latest measure comes as a result of complaints from other COMESA countries over bureaucratic delay in clearing exports headed for Egypt.
Egypt has also been charging an average of eight dollars to clear goods, and Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia and Zambia are reportedly concerned about Egypt's plans to sign an association agreement with the European Union, fearing that it could give EU backdoor access to the COMESA markets. — (MENA Report)
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