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How to export goods from Uganda

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Exports are zero rated taxwise to reduce costs for exporters and also make Ugandan products more competitive.

Anyone/Registered Company that has a product or service and has completed all requirements is eligible to export.

First and foremost the exporter is required to identify a licensed Customs and Freight Forwarding agent whose listing is provided in the directory to assist with the following;

  • Obtaining Export permits and licenses.
  • Standardisation.
  • Obtaining a certificate of origin.
  • Customs declaration and verification of goods.
  • Planning transport contracts.
  • Preparation of all necessary documents and payments.

The Export procedure by the agent and exporter is as follows;

1. Identify the operational export regime which include.

  • EX1- Permanent Direct Exports: These are locally produced goods destined for foreign markets and are zero rated taxwise.i.e Coffee.
  • EX2- Temporary Exports/Re exports: These are normally goods going out of the country for a duration but returning.ie Motor vehicles.
  • EX3- Permanent/Re-exports: Normally personal effects.ie Furniture.
  • EX4- Bonded Exports: (CPC8400)/ Re-exports (CPC8471) These are basically manufactured goods.

2. Capture a Single Administrative Document (SAD)

3. Present all necessary export documents and SAD to a Customs Verification Unit for confirmation of goods for export.

4. On verification the documents are lodged at the Customs Business Centre Exports desk for document processing.


Required Documents.

  • Certificate of Incorporation.
  • Valid Export Certificate/Licenses and permits from Ministry of Trade,Tourism & Industry,this is however requested for on exportation of specific items like minerals,wildlife etc.
  • Quality certification from relevant bodies ie, UCDA,UNBS etc.
  • Certificate of Origin from Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry for exports destined for countries outside COMESA.
  • COMESA Certificate of Origin from Uganda Export Promotions Board for goods destined for COMESA countries.
  • International Coffee Organisation Certificate of Origin from UCDA for coffee exports.
  • Generalised Systems Preference (GSP) Form A for goods destined for the EU markets under the grants duty-free and quota free market access to goods from Uganda from the Uganda Exports Promotion Board.
  • Phytosanitary certificate from Ministry of Agriculture,Animal Industry & Fisheries for agricultural produce.
  • Packing list of goods/Tally sheet.
  • Tax invoice if necessary.
  • Health Certificate from Ministry of Agriculture,Animal Industry & Fisheries if exporting Meat and Fish products.
  • Valid Lint Cotton Export regulations certificate from CDO for cotton exports.
  • Fumigation certificate where necessary.
  • Proof of payment of taxes where necessary, ie. Hides & Skins $0.25 per kg.


Fees vary on what is being exported depending on quality,quantity and documents required as follows;

  • Precious stones incur 10% of export value.
  • Industrial/Construction incurs 30,000 UGX per tonne.
  • Granite incurs 10,000 UGX per tonne.
  • Base Metals incur 5% of export value.
  • Phyto-sanitary certificate fee - 2000 UGX
  • Quality assurance certificate (Depends on export product being certified)
  • Certificate of analysis (Depends on export product being certified)
  • International Animal movement permit fee - 10,000 UGX per consignment.
  • Dogs and Cats movement permit fee - 20,000 UGX
  • General certificate of origin - 5000 UGX
  • Preferential certificate of origin - 5000 UGX



Export Promotion Schemes 

Uganda Revenue Authority

Tel +256-414-334219

P.O. Box 7279 Kampala, Uganda.

Telephone: 0417 442054, 442055, 443150

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Web portal: http://ura.go.ug



Uganda Export Promotion Board

Tel +256-414-257001/230250

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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 Dev’t Co. Ltd. 

Mepaco Builidng - Market Street Rd. - Gulu

Tel: +256 (0)392 771667 


West Nile:


WestNile Private Sector Development Centre 

Plot 11 - 19 Packwach Road - Arua 

Tel: +256 (0)476 449029


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