Stakeholder Consultation and Awareness Raising on Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs): Spices Sector

20 March 2021, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania


Saturday 20 March 2021

08:00 Opening remarks

08:15 TASPA reporting on internal and MARKUP projects

11:00 Results of NTM Business Survey in Tanzania

11:30 Consultation on overcoming NTM hurdles in the sector

12:00 Using ITC tools to obtain trade and market access information

12:30 Using ITC's Quality Compass to obtain information on quality and standards for spices exports

13:15 Lunch

14:00 Continuation of the session on Using ITC's Quality Compass to obtain information on quality and standards for spices exports

14:30 Tanzania Spices Association (TASPA) internal meeting

17:00 End of the workshop

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As part of the Tanzania Partner States Window of MARKUP, ITC implemented a business surveys on non-tariff measures (NTMs). The survey aimed to identify the key regulatory and procedural obstacles to trade Tanzanian exporters and importers face.

Between 2019 and 2020, ITC has interviewed close to 650 Tanzanian companies, with a special focus on key priority products including spices.

The survey also interviewed around 50 exporters as a follow up to the first ITC survey in Tanzania in 2013/14. The purpose was to understand the changes in company’s perception and if the difficulties reported in 2013/14 have been resolved.

Overall, the surveys capture burdensome NTMs imposed by partner countries as well as bottlenecks in the home country, for example related to exporter capabilities and technical facilities to meet regulations and demonstrate compliance with NTMs, or challenging administrative processes associated with exporting and importing (procedural obstacles).

The business surveys gather evidence from the ground about unnecessary trade cost that NTMs imply. Stakeholder consultations that accompany the survey process allow identifying how to reduce such trade cost without undermining legitimate objectives that trade regulations serve.

The process thereby informs the design and implementation of Tanzania’s trade strategy, and contributes to bringing tangible changes to the business environment and facilitating untapping existing trade potentials.

Stakeholder meeting

The purpose of this consultation meeting with members of Tanzania Spices Association (TASPA) is to:

  • Present the results of the NTM business survey focusing on the spices sector
  • Engage with the stakeholders to get their perspective
  • Initiate discussions to draft policy recommendation and the way forward for the spices sector.

ITC will also demonstrate the possibility of sourcing trade and quality related information for exports using ITC online tools.

Market Access Upgrade Programme

ITC is implementing the Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP), a regional initiative aiming at improving market access to European Union (EU) and the East African region for five East Africa Community (EAC) partner countries - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda - agro-industrial crop and horticultural sectors. The EU 11th European Development Fund funds MARKUP from 2018 to 2022. Under the EAC window of MARKUP, the interventions of ITC entail the implementation of activities to improve product quality compliance, value addition, access to finance and business promotion as well as business advocacy to facilitate trade in the EAC region.


Hotel New Africa, Dar-es-Salaam.

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