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

  1. To promote efficiency in production within the Community
  2. To enhance domestic, cross border and foreign investment in the Community
  3. 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.