Imports and Exports Procedures

Start: May 13, 2024
End: May 24, 2024
Duration: 2 weeks
Start: Nov 4, 2024
End: Nov 15, 2024
Venue: Mombasa - Kenya
Duration: 2 weeks
Statement of Need

African Businesses mainly focus on the national markets despite the huge market potential presented by the Regional Economic Communities that their countries are party to. Therefore, the rationale for this module is to facilitate the businesses, policymakers and implementers to adopt export strategies to take advantage of the enhanced export potential presented by the AfCFTA and other trade agreements. It is therefore critical to be equipped with the requisite skills to undertake market analysis and have a good grasp of the international/African business environment in terms of regulatory frameworks, logistics, market information and payment methods to create local support mechanisms for exploiting the export potential. Ordinarily, the adoption of an export strategy is not an end in itself. Therefore, further to the adoption of a robust export strategy, there is also a need to be equipped with skills that are important for managing export transactions as well as the resources that they generate.

Standards and compliance with standards are the main constraints to successful product entry into an export market and sustainability in the market. This is especially critical for SMEs and the agricultural sector. The programme also looks at how producers can mainstream product standards in their production process.
The export of products is dependent on the effective utilisation of export documentation as well as the flexibility mechanisms provided by trade facilitation regulations. Consequently, to facilitate seamless export transactions, this module will also give requisite knowledge and skills relevant to the facilitation of their exports. However, most SMEs embark on export and trade ventures that do not take into account the possible opportunities presented by such export priority policies. The programme will be designed to expose the participants to the opportunities ushered by E-commerce and how to tap these opportunities.

Who Attends

Officials from Trade and Trade Related Ministries and parastatals, officials from Regional Economic Communities, Negotiators, and Regional Integration Practitioners. Private sector player in transport and logistics.

How participants will benefit

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to;

  • Discuss the importance of Intra-African Trade, Regional, Continental and Global Value Chains;
  • Valuate the effectiveness and efficiency of export and resource management strategies in achieving desired outcomes, including profitability, market expansion, and sustainable growth;
  • Indicate the importance of products standards and the legal aspects thereof through the analysis of sectoral WTO Agreements on SPS and TBT and the effects of product standards on agricultural exports;
  • Analyze standards in bilateral/regional agreements with an emphasis on standards as a mechanism for increasing product competitiveness and standards on labelling and packaging of exports.