The Customs Union Pillar
The Customs Union Protocol is the first Pillar under the EAC Integration. It was established in 2005. The objectives of the Customs Union under Article 3 include
- To promote efficiency in production within the Community
- To enhance domestic, cross border and foreign investment in the Community
- To promote economic development and diversification in industrialization in the Community.
The EAC Customs Union Protocol provides for elimination of internal tariffs and a Common external tariff structure of 0% for raw materials, 10% for intermediate goods and 25% for finished goods. Under the Customs Union, the following have been attained.