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  1. All Exporters intending to apply for this certificate should contact their local district Crop inspection offices to understand the export phytosanitary requirements, and arrange for export inspection and phytosanitary certification.
    • Application for inspection can be done physically by visiting the Department of Crop Inspection and Certification offices in Namalere.
    • Information on phytosanitary import requirements that is obtained by the exporter will be verified by the Department of crop inspection and certification office at the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries.
  2. Then obtain a Phytosanitary Certificate applicants form to fill as required
  3. Register with Uganda Export Promotion Board or UNCCI. Application form for Uganda Export Promotion Board can be obtained from their Head offices.
  4. After that obtain an introductory/recommendation letter to Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries.
  5. Prepare and have your Pack house inspected by the designated Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries Inspector. The Exporter is advised to allow for at least one (1) day for inspection.
    • Present the consignment for physical inspection in a specified location.
  6. Fix any identified Non-Conformities and apply for re-inspection in such a case, a Fumigation Certificate will be required before inspection and issuance of a Phytosanitary Certificate.
  7. After the inspection register with Ministry Agriculture Animal Industries Fisheries - Crop Inspection and Certification Department to obtain Export Number.
  8. After fulfilling all the necessary steps a Phytosanitary Certificate will be issued
  9. Declare the goods and present documents at border of entry/exit.

Note: In order for the exporter to ensure receipt of the phytosanitary certificate prior to shipping, the MAAIF should receive the application at least ten (10) working days before the date of shipping.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Commodity being exported.
  • Consignee details.
  • Country of destination.
  • Exporter details.
  • Label e.g container number.
  • Point of entry in country of destination.
  • Scientific name of commodity.
  • Treatment done of export.
  • Address of buyer
  • Packing list (copy
  • Import permit (copy)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. (MAAIF)
Department of crop inspection and certification.
Lugard Avenue Entebbe
Plot 14-18 Lugard Avenue, Entebbe
P.O. Box 102 Entebbe, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 531 411 /256-414-567 368
Email Address:

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  • Please confirm with relevant authority the eligibility of the Agriculture commodities you wish to Export.


  • A Phytosanitary Certificate is Ugshs. 5,000 (Five Thousand Uganda Shilling)
  • License Fee: 5,000 Ugshs
  • Renewal Fee: 5,000 Ugshs


Validity: 3-120 Days

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Processing Time[edit]

The Processing time required depends on Exporter's readiness. Maximum Processing Time: 1 Hour

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  • For the cases of grains and tea, inspection is done in bulk and not per consignment.
  • Fumigation - Especially with grains, the Exporter may be required to fumigate using a prescribed method or fumigants. This can be done by a MAAIF Certified Fumigator ONLY.
  • Applications for phytosanitary certificates will not be accepted after the shipment has left Uganda.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name of owner
  • Age and sex.
  • Nationality.
  • Purpose of the application.
  • Company name.
  • Uganda Export Promotion Board recommendation.
  • Photograph and copy of any identification.
  • Name of Authorized Licensing Officer.
  • Nationality /No./Passport No
  • Mailing Address
  • Telephone No.
  • Business Location: Name of Building/Place
  • Proposed farming Methods Used
  • Declaration form
  • Copy of annual return
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Need for the Document[edit]

  • The certificate is used to prohibit or restrict the importation into Uganda of any plant or plant product, any soil, packaging, organism, or any other material to which this Act applies, which are likely to be harmful or carry harmful organisms.
  • A Phytosanitary Certificate is an official document issued by the plant protection organization of the exporting country to the plant protection organization of the importing country.

Purpose of this document is to Regulate exportation of agricultural commodities out of the country.

Information which might help[edit]

  • Phytosanitary Certificate is a document (certificate) that certifies that plant and plant products contained in a given shipment are free from regulated pests, and conforms with other phytosanitary (plant health) requirements as specified from the importing country.
  • It is issued on a consignment basis by a designated competent authority after inspection and/or treatment of contents of a shipment. In Uganda the designated authority is the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) - Department of Crop Inspection and Certification.
  • For persons and companies interested investing in export and import in Agriculture, the process is handled by the Phytosanitary and Quarantine Inspection Services Division (PQIS) in the Department of Crop Inspection and Certification.
  • Some Agricultural commodities are prohibited or restricted for Exportation out of the Country.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

  • For Uganda there are mainly three (3) categories of products that are traded across borders, for which a Phytosanitary Certificate is required.

These include;

  1. Fresh Produce - including fruits, vegetables, flowers and cuttings.
  2. Grains - Cereals (maize, rice etc), pulses (legumes) and oilseeds (sesame, soya beans etc)
  3. Semi-processed agricultural products - coffee, tea, tobacco and cocoa Certification by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is the primary requirement for agricultural commodities, whether crops, livestock or fisheries to be cleared for transportation out of the country and to be received in international markets.
    • The phytosanitary certificate states that the plants or plant products covered by the certificate have been inspected according to appropriate procedures and are considered to be free from quarantine pests and that they are considered to conform to the current phytosanitary regulations of the importing country.
    • The Phytosanitary Certificate facilitates trade but it is not a trade document.
    • The phytosanitary certificates attest to the phytosanitary status of the material prior to export from Uganda. It is the responsibility of the exporter to safeguard the phytosanitary status of the commodity after certification.

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