Trade & Customs Division

Trade & Customs 

The main function of the division is to implement programmes to enhance cooperation in Trade, Customs and Monetary Affairs in order to achieve a fully integrated, internationally competitive and unified single economic space within which goods, services, capital and labour are able to move freely across national frontiers. The cooperation programmes aim to achieve the removal of all physical, technical, fiscal and monetary barriers to intra-regional trade and commercial exchanges through the following stages of integration

A Preferential Trade Area (PTA) with lower tariffs applied to intra-regional trade originating in member countries than to extra-regional trade.

A Free Trade Area (FTA), in which no tariffs are levied on goods from other Member States whilst each Member State applies its own regime of tariffs to goods imported from outside the region..

A Customs Union (CU) involving free trade amongst the member States but with a Common External Tariff (CET) according to which every Member State applies the same tariffs on goods from outside the region.

A Common Market (CM) with free movement of capital and labour, considerable harmonization of trade, exchange rate, fiscal and monetary policies, internal exchange rate stability and full internal convertibility.

An Economic Community (EU) with a common currency and unified macroeconomic policy.

The creation of a unified, single economic space will closely link the national economies of the Member States together and significantly increase the degree of economic integration in the region, resulting in profound structural changes in the economies of the Member States. This will strengthen economic interdependence among the member countries, reduce the room for independent policy-making and amplify the cross-border effects of developments originating in each member country. This necessitates effective policy coordination among the Member States, including the pursuit of policies in support of broadly balanced development to complement the creation of the unified market without internal borders.

The creation of a zone of increasing monetary stability is also imperative for the achievement of market integration. This entails the pursuit of monetary cooperation with the final goal of a common currency. This, in turn, implies a common monetary policy, a high degree of compatibility of economic policies and consistency in a number of other policy areas, particularly in the fiscal area. The aim is to gear these policies to price stability, balanced growth, rising and converging standards of living, high employment and external equilibrium.

The unified economic space with the four freedoms – goods, services, capital and labour – comprises the following basic elements:

– A regional market without internal frontiers within which goods, services, capital and labour can move freely;
common policies aimed at structural change and regional development;

– Macroeconomic policy coordination
competition policy and other measures aimed at strengthening market mechanisms;

– Assurance of the total and irreversible convertibility of currencies;
full integration of banking and other financial markets; and
pursuit of measures for the eventual creation of a monetary

Trade Programmes  

– Statistics
– Monetary Co-operation
– Preferential Trade Area
– Customs Union
– Trade In Services
– Trade Performance
– The Free Trade Area
– The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite
– AGOA 
– Trade & Tariff Data
– Certificate of Origin

Our Team

The Trade & Customs Division is comprised of the following team members.

Christopher Hugh Onyango, PhD

Director -Trade & Customs

Benedict Musili Musengele

Senior Research Fellow- Trade and Customs/Policy Research

Mshuka Kamwela

European Development Fund (EDF) Programme Manager

Tasara Muzorori

Team Leader/Cross Border Trade Expert

Moreblessing Loxton

Infrastructure Expert- Trade and Customs/EDF11/Small Scale Cross Border Trade Initiative & Trade

Lameck Tatswareyi

Coordinated Border Management Expert

Charles Chaitezvi

Team Leader- EDF 11 Trade Facilitation Progarmme

Titus B. Nxumalo

Trade in Services ExpertTrade and Customs, EDF 11, Trade Facilitation Programme

Jane Kibiru

Research Fellow- Trade and Customs/Economic and Trade Policy Research