Trade laws are complex, open to interpretation and often contentious. Understanding the rules can make the difference between success and failure for import – export ventures.

In 2018 the African Union brokered the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and brought into effect the world’s largest free trade area, placing it at the heart of the international trade law initiative.

As Africa continues its increased participation within the international trade sphere, our international trade law practice leverages our continental reach and particular expertise. Through ALN’s knowledge of regional, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, including the AfCFTA, EPAs and AGOA, our lawyers are extremely well-positioned to guide businesses on all areas of international trade law, advancing deals for Africa’s economic benefit.

Principal Areas of Practice:

  • Anti-corruption, transparency, and the rule of law
  • Commerce
  • Competition
  • Dispute resolution
  • Investment
  • Taxes and tariffs

As one of the first-of-its-kind in Africa, we have led several International Trade initiatives since the launch of its practice. Representative engagements include advising:

  1. Ola Energy Uganda

    In connection with the filing of a Reference to the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) to challenge an assessment by the Uganda Revenue Authority in respect of goods manufactured by OLA Energy’s sister company in Kenya and imported by OLA Energy. The imposition of duties on goods manufactured in Kenya is contrary to the Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community and the Common market and Customs union protocols arising therein.

  2. World Bank Investment Climate Facility

    As part of the Eversheds (Paris) led consortium, in connection with the review and harmonisation of the commercial laws of the five East African countries with the Customs Union and Common Market protocols.

  3. East Africa International Arbitration Conference

    Participating in a webinar on the implementation and dispute settlement regime under the AfCFTA.

  4. British Chamber of Commerce, Kenya

    Hosting a webinar to discuss the impact of the Kenya-UK Economic Partnership Agreement on international players in the Kenyan market and the East African Region at large.

  1. A company incorporated in Tanzania

    In connection with a potential trade dispute arising from the imposition of tax by the Government of Kenya in respect of goods manufactured in Tanzania and imported into Kenya.

  2. White and Case and the US Embassy

    Hosting a webinar on international trade, with a specific focus on the Kenya-US Free Trade Agreement currently under negotiation.

  3. Strathmore University Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPIT)

    Launching a series of articles, titled the Impact Series, to discuss key areas relating to the implementation of the AfCFTA.

Expertise

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Consumer Products
Our legal experts assist clients in navigating the intricate and complex consumer protection environment in Africa.
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Aviation
Our aviation law practice is well developed to cover commercial, financial and regulatory matters for airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airline service providers, financial institutions and regulators.
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Energy
Access to affordable energy for industry as well as consumers is one of the key rivers of economic and social development in Africa. While historically many countries have relied on fossil fuels as the primary source of energy, increased concerns around climate change and sustainability...
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Financial Institutions
We provide a variety of legal services to financial institutions and investors, including banks, insurance companies, microfinance enterprises, development funds, government entities and financial regulators.
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Food and Agriculture
ALN firms believe that the growth in the agriculture sector has a direct bearing on economic development. Agriculture is key to many economies in Africa, and an essential for domestic food sustainability.
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