Cross border traders say increased import duties effected in the mid-term budget have begun to take a negative toll on the importation of goods into the country as well as business.

Government re-introduced duty on some basic commodities such as maize and cooking oil with effect from the 1st of August as well as clothing and textiles.

Cross border traders plying their trade within the region are however disgruntled as they say duty is now being levied on all goods being brought, a development they say has made business unprofitable.

“All goods are no longer duty free and this is negatively impacting on our businesses,” said one trader.

“This is the reason behind the price hikes prevailing in the country,” said another.

Traders said prior to the import duty review, they could import at least four items before duty was levied.

Meanwhile, the re-introduction of duty on basic commodities continues to draw mixed views with manufacturers supporting the move while consumers say they have begun to feel the impact of price increases especially for cooking oil which has gone up by at least by US50 cents.