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2014/06 A large consignment of weapons is shipped by Norinco (a Chinese company) to GRSS. Snippet: A large consignment of weapons is shipped by Norinco (a Chinese compan....
2014/07/02 Bilateral arrangements with Sudan, including an agreement on customs and immigration, are strengthened in a visit to Khartoum by the Interior Minister, Aleu Ayieny. Snippet: Bilateral arrangements with Sudan, including an agreement on customs a....
2014/06/02 Systematic extortion from traders to Warawar market (near the border with Sudan in NBGS) is being done by a gang (possibly associated with an Arab ethnic group). Snippet: Systematic extortion from traders to Warawar market (near the border w....
2014/04 Government in Bor is providing hard currency to selected traders, apparently in order to bring more imported goods to the area. Snippet
2014/03 WBGS Chamber of Commerce says vehicles moving from Juba to Wau must pay SSP 4,000 at road checkpoints. The police spokesperson says such 'taxation' is illegal. Snippet
2014/03 In Aweil and Renk, market prices of some consumer commodities have fallen dramatically compared with last year. This seems to be due to easier trading across the Sudan border. Snippet 1667
2014/01 to 2014/03 The black market price for dollars in Rumbek falls from SSP 5 in January to SSP 4 in early March, but transport costs for goods from Uganda remain high. Snippet
2014/03/09 The foreign ministers of Egypt and South Sudan discuss trade, investment, and Nile water issues. Snippet
2014/03 A customs and migration office is being set up at Majong, near the Sudan border in Aweil East (NBGS). The Interior Ministry says it will help businesses, create employment, and simplify border crossing procedures for migrant herders. Snippet
2013/10/16 A Darfurian businessman is murdered in Rumbek. Most trading shops in Rumbek are owned by Darfurians. Many foreign-owned shops and bars seem to have been closing recently in Lakes State, due to insecurity and harassment by security services. Snippet
2013/08 International trade bodies and the South Sudan Chamber of Commerce discuss the formation of a South Sudan Shippers Council, which would help tackle such problems as slow clearance of containers in Mombasa. (Currently there are about 66 uncleared containers, apparently partly because some importers judge that the accumulation of fees makes them uneconomic to clear.) Snippet
2013/07 to 2013/08 Prices of transported goods rise sharply in Bentiu in a few weeks. The price of a sack of sorghum increases from SSP 200 to SSP 300. The timing of the increase is associated with heavy rain making roads almost impassable. Some blame trader exploitation. Traders blame taxation. The state director of taxation says goods are taxed at five percent, a lower rate than in other states. Snippet
2013/02 'South Sudanese obtain most of their consumer goods and food from the north, and many families rely on northern migrant labor.' (Alex de Waal, 2013) Snippet 603
Reference Mini-review
Garang Atem Ayiik, 2014/03/15. Prospects of South Sudan Joining East Africa Community – Highlighting Risks and Policy Options [Article] PaanLuel Wël. Accessed online.

Serious but clear policy article which argues that the immaturity of the economy means it would be dangerous for South Sudan to become a full member of the East African Community. It would not help exports because South Sudan is not structurally ready to become an exporter of much besides its oil. South Sudan also still needs freedom to set its own monetary and fiscal policies. It should apply for observer status for the time being instead of immediately becoming a full member.

NBS, 2011/08. South Sudan cost-to-market report: an analysis of check-points on the major trade routes in South Sudan [Report] National Bureau of Statistics. Accessed online.

Survey which clarifies an agenda for the reduction of trade costs and corruption associated with road check-points. On more than half of the major trade routes surveyed, transporters were charged more than SDG 200 per 100 km. Waiting at check-points increased journey times by about 65%. 47% by number and 27% by value of the payments were unreceipted.

Yutaka Yoshino and others, 2011/07. Enhancing the recent growth of cross-border trade between South Sudan and Uganda [Article] The World Bank. Accessed online.

Analyses the physical and institutional constraints to cross-border trade, and includes an interesting section on roles of women particularly in local and informal cross-border trade.

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