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  1. Identify the operational export regime for the export. There are four (4) operational export regimes used in the automated export system, namely:
    1. EX1 Permanent Direct Exports. These are mainly local produce and attract no taxes.
    2. EX2 Temporary Export/ Re-exports (not bonded). Goods going out for repair or otherwise but coming back.
    3. EX3 Permanent Re-exports (not bonded). These are normally personal effects. And
    4. EX8 Bonded exports (CPC 8400)/ re-exports (CPC 8471). These are basically manufactured goods.
  2. Make sure that Export Incentives and Facilities are ready. These are:-
    1. Bonded Warehouse Facility
    2. Duty Draw Back Facility
    3. Inward/Outward Processing
    4. Export Processing Zones (planning).
  3. Capture a Single Administrative Document (SAD) is at the DTI center, and registers the declaration.
  4. Print the captured Single Administrative Document (SAD)
  5. Attach all the necessary export accompanying documents and presented to Customs Verification Unit for confirmation of the export goods.
  6. The Customs endorsed SAD is then lodged at CBC Exports Desk for document processing.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Certificate of registration / Incorporation
  • Valid Export Certificate / License / Permits from Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry: this is however is requested for on exportation of specific items like minerals, fisheries and wildlife among others;
  • Quality Certificate from relevant regulatory bodies i.e. UCDA, CDO, and UNBS.
  • Weighbridge slip/report.
  • Certificate of origin from Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry for exports destined for countries outside COMESA.
  • EUR.1 (movement certificate for goods destined for the EU issued by the Uganda Exports Promotion Board (UEPB).
  • International Coffee Organization (ICO) certificate of origin from UCDA.
  • Phytosanitary certificate from Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
  • Parking list/Tally sheet.
  • Tax invoice.
  • COMESA certificate of origin from UEPB for goods destined to COMESA countries.
  • Health certificate from MAAIF if exporting fish.
  • Valid lint cotton export registration certificate from CDO
  • Fumigation certificate.
  • Proof of payment of taxes(export levy) from the bank in the case of hides and skins $0.25 per kg.

Documents Prepared by exporter and their agents

  • Proforma Invoice Required for most indirect purchases like purchases done on mail, purchases through foreign agents e.t.c
  • Sales Contract: Required when the seller and buyer indicate thatthey entered into contracts of sale and purchase
  • Commercial Invoice Required in cases of indirect purchases,
  • Receipts for payment of commissions to agents:Required when a purchaser uses an agent / broker to perform any service paid for in the process of purchasing the goods
  • Warehousing or storage cost receipts from country of export: Required when goods are stored in warehouses in countries of export especially after purchase on the account of the purchaser
  • Cash Receipts Required for all cash payments in respect to thegoods
  • Certificate of analysis:Required for all goods specifically those withchemical compounds

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ugandan Customs contact information
Plot 2/12 Apollo Kaggwa Road
P.O.Box 8147 Kampala
Telephone: +2562414707000

For additional information about travel restrictions, security warnings, political updates, and basic travel guidelines, please contact the nearest Ugandan Embassy.

Contact information for Embassy of Uganda to United States:

Customer Care Desk
Kampala Customs Business Center (CBC)
Uganda Revenue Authority
Nakawa headquarters
Tel: +256-41-4334263, +256-41-4334267, +256-41-4334268
Email; [email protected]

Export Promotion Schemes
Uganda Revenue Authority
Tel +256-414-334219

Uganda Revenue Authority.
P.O. Box 7279 Kampala, Uganda.
Telephone: 0417 442054, 442055, 443150
Fax: 0414 334419
Email: [email protected]
Web portal:

Uganda Export Promotion Board
5th Floor - Conrad Plaza, Plot 22 Entebbe Road
P.O. Box 5045, Kampala - Uganda

Eastern Private Sector Development Centre
Plot 60, Republic Street - Mbale
Tel: +256 (0)45 44 34892

Ankole Private Sector Promotion Centre
Old Bushenyi District Council Hall, Bushenyi
Tel: +256 (0)485 443276

Acholi Private Sector Devt Co. Ltd.
Mepaco Builidng - Market Street Rd. - Gulu
Tel: +256 (0)392 771667

WestNile Private Sector Development Centre
Plot 11 - 19 Packwach Road - Arua
Tel: +256 (0)476 449029

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Anyone / company registered, has a product or service and has completed all the requirements can export


Total fees vary basing on what is being exported, quality, quantity and the documents required for instance

  1. Certificate of registration / Incorporation fees depend on the nature of business
  2. Price for export permits vary; for instance
    1. Mineral Export Permit for Precious Stones is 10% of value, Industrial/Construction is 30,000 per ton expect Minerals Granite is 10,000 per ton and Base Metals is 5% of Export Value
    2. Phyto Sanitary Certificate Fee per Consignment - Ug. Shs. 2,000
    3. Quality Assurance Certificate Fee - Depends on product being certified
    4. Certificate of Analysis Fee - Depends on nature of analysis
    5. Fumigation Certificate Fee - Depends on product being fumigated
    6. International Animal Movement Permit Fees - Ug. Shs. 10,000 per Consignment
    7. Dogs & Cats Movement Permit Fees - Ug. Shs. 20,000 per Consignment
    8. Non-Preferential (General) Certificate of Origin Fees - Ug. Shs. 5,000 per Certificate
  3. Preferential Certificate of Origin Fees - Ug. Shs. 5,000 per Certificate
  4. There are no taxes charged on exports (zero rated). This is meant to reduce costs for the exporters and to make exports from Uganda more competitive - Refer to Uganda Revenue Authority


As long as one has all the requirements, exportation has no validity period

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

Processing Time[edit]

Less than 30 days

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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  • Obtain Export Permits/Licenses
  • Standards
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Customs Declarations
  • Clearing & Forwarding
  • Establish transport contracts
  • Make all the necessary payments
  • Prepare all the necessary documents.
  • Indicate clearly the operational export regime for the export

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name and address of applicant
  • Details of product / services to be exported

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Need for the Document[edit]

Uganda exports a whole range of products classified under Traditional and Non-Traditional Exports.

TRADITIONAL EXPORTS: These are products which have historically featured as, and been the mainstay of the export menu of Uganda as primary/raw material exports.
These are:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cotton
  • Tobacco

NON-TRADITIONAL EXPORTS: These are export products other than the unprocessed Traditional Exports. These include:

  • Agricultural products
  • Manufactured /Processed Products
  • Minerals
  • Handicrafts
  • Jewelry products
  • Energy
  • Tourism and Services.

Information which might help[edit]

  • There are items prohibited in exportation in Uganda and these include Narcotics, Pornography, Cultural artifacts and other objects of cultural importance, Henna, Palm tree and any products thereof and Explosive material
  • There are also items that are Restricted for example Foreign currency and endangered species and any products or parts thereof as outlined by CITES maybe be brought in only with CITES permission.
  • There are export incentives in Uganda, and the objective of these incentives is to compensate exporters for the infrastructural inadequacies and the cost of bureaucratic inertia. The incentives are also intended to level the playing field as much as possible to render Uganda's exports competitive.
  • Note: Other standard customs and transportation documents such as Customs Bill of Entry are also applicable to exports.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]!contact-information!export-regulations

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