U.S. gives three states ultimatum to reverse “MITUMBA” ban
East African nations that are en-route to banning the importation of used clothes may soon pay the price after Washington said it will impose penalties in retaliation to what it sees as a blockage of free trade.
The East African leaders are expected to meet at the Heads of State Summit on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development in Kampala, on February 23. “I believe the results of the meeting next week will determine how we proceed,” Mr Sullivan said in a conference call with reporters.
East African Community (EAC) member states agreed two years ago to impose phased ban on used clothing imports (known as mitumba) over a three-year period beginning 2019.