Why Tanzania, Kenya trade ties blow hot and cold

President Kenyatta and his Tanzanian counterpart John Pombe Magufuli at State House Nairobi.  PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The volatile onion prices mirror the erratic relations between the two countries.
  • Tanzania has a nearly balanced trade with Kenya, importing goods worth Sh23.3 billion in 2017, while exporting goods worth 23.7 billion.

The price of Tanzania’s onions imported by Kenyan traders keep shifting. It increased from Sh108 per kilo in February this year to Sh118 in April due to logistical challenges posed by coronavirus testing at the Kenya-Tanzania borders.

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