A waiver is not necessary. BSC / CTN is not required

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) operates the Uganda Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Program (PVoC).

UNBS has contracted 3-international companies - SGS, Intertek and Bureau Veritas to carry out this exercise.

Shipping Ports in Uganda

  • ​Kampala

Pre-Shipment Inspection for Uganda

Under the PVoC program UNBS requires that imported products whose standard specifications were declared compulsory under the UNBS Act 1983 must be inspected for conformity to the country’s technical regulations and standards, or their approved equivalent. Its aim is to establish a quality import inspection regime that is in harmony with member states of the East African Community.

We work with exporters to help demonstrate compliance and issue a Certificate of Conformity which gives access to the Ugandan marketplace, avoids delays in customs and reduces potential losses from the import of non compliant products. Depending on the certification route we provide one or a combination of the following interventions:

  • Physical inspection prior to shipment

  • Sampling, testing and analysis in accredited laboratories

  • Audit of product manufacturing processes

  • Documentary check and assessment of conformity with the requirements of the applicable technical regulations and standards, for example KSS, GSO, IEC

Information and documents required for creating a PVOC Certificate

  • ​Pro-forma Invoice
  • ​Fumigation Certificate
  • ​Commercial Invoice

Shipping Goods Exempted from Uganda PVOC Certificate

  • ​All raw materials
  • ​Government Project specific products
  • ​Diplomatic Cargo ​​​​​​​
  • ​Goods Destined for Duty Free
  • ​Personal belongings
  • ​Goods Originating from within the East African Community
  • ​Selected safety equipment
  • ​Used products
  • ​Prohibited and Restricted Imports Generally Under Second Schedule of the East African Customs Management Act, the Finance Act
  • ​Goods that bear the Uganda Standards Mark.
  • ​Goods whose FOB value does not exceed USD 2000 
  • Groupage (A number of Importers combine small shipments to fill a container) Except for Food Stuffs and Cosmetics.

Prohibited Goods for Import to Uganda

  • All goods the importation of which is for the time being is prohibited under this Act or by any written law for the time being in force in the partner state.
  • False money and counterfeit currency notes and coins and any money not being of the established standard in weight and fineness.
  • Pornographic material in all kinds of media, indecent or obscene paintings, books, cards, lithographs or other engravings and any other indecent or obscene articles.
  • Matches in the manufacture of which white phosphorous has been employed.
  • Any article made without proper authority with the Armorial Ensigns or Court of Arms of a partner state or having such Ensigns or Arms so closely resembling them as to be calculated to deceive.
  • Distilled beverages containing essential oils or chemical products, which are injurious to health, including thijone, star arise, benzoic aldehyde, saclicyclic esters, hyssop and absinthe. Provided that nothing in this paragraph contained shall apply to “Anise and Anisette” liquors containing not more than 0.1 per centum of oil of anise and distillates from either pimpinella anisum or the star arise allicium verum.
  • Narcotic drugs under international control.
  • Hazardous wastes and their disposal as provided for under the base conventions.
  • All soaps and cosmetic products containing mercury.
  • Used tyres for light commercial vehicles and passenger cars.
  • The following Agricultural and Industrial chemicals: o Agricultural Chemicals. 2.4-T, Aldrin, Caplafol, Chlordirneform, Chlorobexilate, DDT, Dieldrin, 1.2-Dibroacethanel, Flouroacelamide, HCH, Hiplanchlor, Monocrolophs (certain formulations), Methamidophos, Phospharrmion, Methyl-parathion o Industrial Chemicals
  • Crocidolite, Polychlorominated biphenyls (PBB), Polychlorinted Biphenyls (PCB), Tris (2.3 dibromopropyl) phosphate, Methylbromide (to be phased out in accordance with the Montreal Protocol by 2007)
  • Counterfeit goods of all kinds.

Restrictive Goods Shipping to Uganda

All goods the importation of which is for the time being regulated under this act by any written law for the time being in force of the partner state.

  • Postal franking machines except and in accordance with the terms of a written permit granted by a competent authority of the partner state.
  • Traps capable of killing or capturing any game animal except and in accordance with the terms of a written permit granted by the partner state.
  • Unwrought precious metal or precious stones.
  • Arms and ammunitions specified under chapter 93 of the Customs Nomenclature.
  • Ossein and bones treated with acid.
  • Other bones and horns- cores, unworked defatted, simply prepared (but not cut to shape) degelatinized, powder and waste of these products.
  • Ivory, elephant unworked or simply prepared but not cut to shape.
  • Teeth, hippopotamus unworked or simply prepared but not cut to shape.
  • Horns, rhinoceros, unworked or simply prepared but not cut to shape.
  • Other ivory unworked or simply prepared but not cut to shape.
  • Ivory powder and waste.
  • Tortoise shell, whalebone and whalebone hair, horns, antlers, hooves, Nails, claws, and beaks unworked or simply prepared but not cut to shape powder and waste of these products.
  • Coral and similar materials unworked or simply prepared but not otherwise worked shells of molasses, crustaceans or echinoderms and cattle-bone, unworked or simply prepared but not cut to shape powder and waste thereof.
  • Natural sponges of animal origin.
  • Spent (irradiated) fuel elements (cartridges) of nuclear reactors.
  • Worked ivory and articles of ivory.
  • Bone, tortoise, shell, horn, antlers, coral, mother of pearl and other animal carves.
  • Ozone depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol (1987) and the Vienna Convention (1985).
  • Genetically modified products.
  • Non-indigenous species of fish or egg of progeny.
  • Endangered species of World Flora and Fauna and their products in accordance with CITES March 1973 and amendments thereof.
  • Commercial casings (second hand tyres).
  • All psychotropic drugs under international control.
  • Historical artifacts Goods specified under chapter 36 of the Customs Nomenclature (for example percussion caps, detonators, signaling flares).
  • Parts of guns and ammunition, of base metals (Section XV of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System), or similar goods of plastic under chapter 39 or Customs Nomenclature.
  • Armored fighting vehicles under heading No 8710 of the Customs Nomenclature.
  • Used refrigerators, freezers, computers and television sets.
  • Telescope sights or other optical devices suitable for use with arms unless mounted on firearms or presented with the firearms on which they are designed to be mounted under Chapter 90 of the Customs Nomenclature.
  • Bows, arrows, fencing foils or toys under chapter 95 of the Customs Nomenclature. Collector’s pieces or antiques of guns and ammunition under heading No 9705 Finance Act, 2006.

Charges for Uganda PVOC Certificate

It varies depending on the routes chosen for inspection, 

Route A) Certificate of Conformity for Uganda

Minimum fee: 220 USD, maximum fee: 2,375USD which cover the documentary verification and the physical inspection of goods

Route B) Could be 350USD for up to 15 products

The following activities are subject to additional fees:

• Sampling and testing: to be quoted on a case by case basis;

• Containers sealing: to be quoted on a case by case basis;

• Licensing: to be quoted on a case by case basis.

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