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(From The Nation (Kenya) - AAGM)
The importation of 200,000 tonnes of duty-free sugar from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa begun yesterday, with more than 80,000 tonnes expected in Mombasa by today.
The importation has bred controversy between the Finance and Agriculture ministries, mainly on the commencement dates (see sidebar).
The ministry of Agriculture, through the Kenya Sugar Board (KSB), had set February 1, 2007, as the date for importation, but the Finance ministry, through the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), overruled this.
It set March 1 as the day from which duty-free sugar from the region can be allowed into the country.
Traders who had brought in the commodity last month hoping to benefit from the Comesa safeguard measure found themselves in trouble when KRA insisted on levying the mandatory 100 per cent duty.
Pending in …