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Uganda - Importing Goods

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Procedure[edit]

  • Obtain an import permit, if the types of goods require you to (food, drugs, chemical, agricultural products)
  • The first thing you should do is to ensure that all goods to be imported meet Ugandan standards as prescribed by Uganda National Bureau of Standards
  • Send information to the supplier clear describing the following
    • Good description
    • Technical specifications
    • Quantity
    • Price
    • Delivery period
    • Regulatory requirements
  • Confirm that the goods are not on the prohibited list
  • Check to make sure that the goods do not attract anti-dumping duties
  • Determine the cost, organize funding, and obtain advice from your bank
  • Discuss with the supplier, sign a contract and make payment as agreed
  • Before the goods get in the country you should:
    • Obtain the commercial invoice, packing list bill of lading, certificate of conformity
    • Appoint a clearing agent who will compute the customs duty, transport charges and advice you accordingly
    • Obtain the relevant quality certificates
  • When the goods arrive, you should do the following:
    • Process the goods through customs
    • Obtain a release order
    • Authenticate compliance certificate
    • Pay transport charges, collect goods and transport to your premise



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Suppliers invoice
  • Packing list
  • Air way bill ( for imports by air)
  • Commercial invoice
  • Freight invoice
  • Uganda revenue authority for 1 for motor vehicles
  • Road transit customs document (commonly known as C63) prepared at seaport and entry port in Uganda
  • Certificate of origin
  • Railway consignment note (for import by rail)
  • Bill of lading
  • Trade license
  • Release order certificate of compliance
  • Import declaration form
  • Declaration of customs value form
  • Any other relevant documents.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Uganda National Bureau of Standard
Plot M217 Nakawa Industrial Area
P0 B0x 6329
Kampala Uganda
Tel: +256414286123

Executive Director
+256414222367/9

General line
+256414505995
Fax: +256414286123
E-mail: info@unbs.go.ug
Website: http://www.unbs.go.ug

Uganda Revenue Authority
P0 B0X 7279
Kampala Uganda
Tel: +256417442054, +256414443150
Fax: +256414334419
Toll Free Help Line: 0800117000
E-mail: info@ura.go.ug
Web portal: http://ura.ura.go.ug



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Eligibility[edit]

Any person aged 18 years and above and legally residing in the country can import goods in to the country.


Fees[edit]

Charges vary depending on the goods, tonnage and cost of importation .



Validity[edit]

It is Valid for a long time.



Documents to Use[edit]

http://www.ura/go.ug/openfile.d?path...//...required



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Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.



Processing Time[edit]

Depending on the mode of importation and the distance between Uganda and the exporting country



Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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Instructions[edit]

  • Familiarize yourself with the documentation and procedures required to successfully import goods into the country
  • Familiarize yourself with the procedures pertinent to the kind of material you are importing in to the country
  • Make sure you have a trade license
  • Prepare the necessary documents, mapping out different steps involved in the importation process.
  • A clearing agent can help you process all the necessary documentation



Required Information[edit]

  • Import declaration
  • Content particulars
  • Suppliers invoice
  • Documented evidence carriage of goods
  • Customs value declaration
  • Compliance information
  • Good release order evidence



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Need for the Document[edit]

The process of importing goods in to the country can be hectic, especially for those who lack a clear understanding of the required document and procedures .Here is everything for you to know to legally process of importing goods into Uganda.


Information which might help[edit]

Get in touch with a clearing agent before you start the importation process to make thing easier.



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]

http://www.ura.go.ug
http://www.unbs.go.ug


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Others[edit]

More information which might help people.