How to Export of Goods In Uganda

Export of Goods In Uganda By Online

  1. Find the applicable export policy to be used for export. There exist four (4) operating export rules that are used within the system of automated export which include:
    1. EX1 Direct Permanent Exports. They are mostly local-produced and do not attract taxes.
    2. EX2 Temporary Exports/Re-exports (not bondable). Goods that are being repaired or any other reason, but are coming back.
    3. Permanent Exports EX3 (not bondable). These are typically personal effects. They can also be used for
    4. EX8 Bonded Exports (CPC 8400)or re-exports (CPC 871). They are basically manufactured items.
  2. Check your Export Incentives and Facilities are in good condition. They include:
    1. Bonded Warehouse Facility
    2. The Duty Draw Back Facility
    3. Processing Inward and Outward
    4. Export Processing Zones (planning).
  3. Capture the SAD. A Single Administrative Document (SAD) can be found located at the DTI center, and it registers the declaration.
  4. Print the taken Single Administrative Document (SAD)
  5. Attach all the required documents for export and present to the Customs Verification Unit for confirmation of the export items.
  6. The Customs approved SAD is then  filed at CBC Exports Desk for document processing.

Required Documents For Export of Goods

  • Certificate of registration/Incorporation
  • Valid Export Certificate/License or Permits from the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry This is required for export of specific products like minerals as well as fisheries and wildlife, and many more;
  • Quality Certificate from the relevant regulatory agencies i.e. UCDA, CDO, and UNBS.
  • Weighbridge slip/report.
  • Certificate of Origin from Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry for exports that are destined for countries other than COMESA.
  • EUR.1 (movement certificate to import goods to export to the EU granted by Uganda Exports Promotion Board (UEPB).
  • International Coffee Organization (ICO) certification of origin from UCDA.
  • A phytosanitary certificate issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
  • Parking List/Tally sheet.
  • Tax invoice.
  • COMESA certification of origin issued by UEPB for products that are destined to COMESA countries.
  • Health certificates from MAAIF for exporting fish.
  • A valid export registration for lint cotton certificate from CDO
  • Fumigation certificate.
  • The proof of payment of taxes(export levie) by the banks in the event of skins and hides $0.25 per kilogram.

Documents prepared by exporters and their agents

  • Proforma Invoice Required for all indirect purchases, such as those made via mail, purchases made through foreign agents e.t.c
  • Sales Contract required when the buyer and seller confirm that they signed agreements of purchase and sale
  • Commercial Invoices are required in the event of indirect purchases
  • Receipts of payment for commissions to agents: Required when a customer utilizes an agent/broker to provide any service that they pay for during the process of buying the products
  • Receipts for storage costs or warehouse cost from the export country Required when goods are kept in warehouses of countries of export, particularly after the purchase is made on behalf of the buyer
  • Cash Receipts are required for all cash transactions in relation to the goods
  • Certificate of analysis: Required for all products, specifically ones that contain chemical compounds

Office Locations and Contact

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

For more information on the restrictions on travel, security alerts as well as updates on the political landscape and general travel guidelines, you can call the closest Ugandan Embassy.

Contact details of Embassy of Uganda to United States:

Customer Care Desk
Kampala Customs Business Centre (CBC)
Uganda Revenue Authority
Nakawa headquarters
Tel: +256-41-4334263, +256-41-4334267, +256-41-4334268

Export Promotion Programs
Uganda Revenue Authority
Tel. +256-414-34219

Uganda Revenue Authority.
P.O. Box 7279 Kampala, Uganda.
Telephone: 0417 442054, 442055, 443150
Fax: 0414 334419
Web portal:
URA Toll Free Helpline 0800117000

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

Eastern Private Sector Development Centre
The plot is 60 Republic Street – Mbale
Tel: +256 (0)45 44 34892

Ankole Private Sector Promotion Centre
The 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


Any registered company or individual who is offering a service or product and has met all prerequisites can export.


The fees for each item vary based on the type of export in terms of quality, quantity, and the documentation required for example.

  1. Certificate of registration/Incorporation costs are based on the type of business
  2. Prices for export permits can vary in the same way. 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 Cost of Certificate Based on the product’s certification
    4. Cost of Certificate of Analysis Based on the nature of the analysis
    5. Fumigation Certificate Fees – based on the product that is being fumigated.
    6. International Animal Movement Permit Fees International Animal Movement Permit Fees Ug. Shs. 10,000 per Consignment
    7. Permits for Dogs and Cats to Move Charges Ug. Shs. 20,000 per Consignment
    8. Preferential but not preferred (General) Certificate of Origin Costs – Ug. Shs. 5,000 per Certificate
  3. Premium Certificate of Origin fees Ug. Shs. 5,000 per Certificate
  4. There are no taxes imposed on exports (zero tax rate). This is intended to lower expenses for exporters as well as to help make exports from Uganda more competitive. Refer for Uganda Revenue Authority


So long as one meets all the necessary requirements, export is not subject to a validity time limit

Documents to Utilize

Examples of Documents

Processing Time

A little less than 30 days


  • Obtain Export Permits/Licenses
  • Standards
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Customs Declarations
  • Clearing and Forwarding
  • Establish transport contracts
  • Make all the payments that are required
  • Make sure you have all the documents needed.
  • Define clearly the export procedure for the export.

Required Information editRequired Information [ edit

  • Name and address of the applicant
  • Specifics of the products or services to be exported

The document is needed

Uganda exports a wide range of products that fall under both traditional and non-traditional exports.

Traditional exports Traditional exports were previously featured as and were the principalstay of the export menus of Uganda as raw material exports.
These include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cotton
  • Tobacco

Non-Traditional Exports They are products of export different from the unprocessed Traditional Exports. They include:

  • Agriculture-related products
  • Manufactured/Processed Products
  • Minerals
  • Handicrafts
  • Jewelry products
  • Energy
  • tourism and Services.

Information that can be useful

  • There are some items that are not allowed for export to Uganda which include pornography, Narcotics Cultural artifacts as well as other items of cultural significance, Henna, Palm tree and all products of it, and explosive materials
  • There are items that are restricted such as foreign currency, endangered species, and any other items or components of them according to CITES may be introduced only with CITES approval.
  • There are incentives for exports in Uganda and the goal for these incentive programs is to help exporters compensate for the shortcomings in infrastructure as well as the costs for bureaucratic inertia. These incentives also aim to make it easier for all players in order in order to make Uganda’s exports more competitive.
  • Notice: Other transport and customs documents like Customs Bill of Entry are also valid for exports.

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