The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is now implementing the new Imports Inspection and clearance regulation 2021, following the phasing out of the Imports Inspection and Clearance regulation 2018, to further facilitate trade.
This was revealed during the UNBS stakeholder engagement with importers and clearing agents in Malaba and Busia, held to further sensitize the stakeholders about the new imports Inspection and Clearance regulation 2021.
In line with the UNBS Mandate of enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products, the Imports Inspection and clearance regulation requires that;
A person shall not import into or export from Uganda, any commodity for which a compulsory standard specification has been declared by the bureau, where the c ommodity does not meet the
requirements of the compulsory standard specification.
· The commodities shall, prior to being imported into Uganda, be subjected to Pre -export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards, in the country of origin or export up on payment of the required fees stated in the regulations.
· The products shall be accompanied with a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) or certificate of Road worthiness (CRW). The certificate of road worthiness shall be valid for nine months from the date o f
issue for each customs entry
· Commodities that are not accompanied by a certificate of conformity or a certificate of road worthiness, the commodities shall be subjected to destination inspection.
· An importer shall not place any commodity on the marke t for which a compulsory standard specification has been declared, unless the commodity bears the distinctive mark and /or a digital conformity mark.
While the phased out regulation of 2018 listed eight (8) categories of commodities exempted from PVoC, th new regulation of 2021 lists six more categories of commodities exempted from PVoC, which brings the total number of exempted product categories to fourteen (14).
· Consignments of commodities profiled as low risk.
· Consignments of imports by importers profiled as low risk and registered as Authorised Economic
· Farm machinery, agro processing equipment and spare parts not for resale.
· Mining equipment and spares not for resale.
· Branded or engraved hospitality and tourism industry equipment, excluding vehicles.
· Religious books and literature such as Bibles, Qurans and other related printed matter.