- Thursday, 23 August 2012
Inspection is visual examination of products, services and installations. Simple instruments, tools and gauges are used during inspection. For example, bulk commodities like food grains, rice, spices, etc, normally undergo inspection and their acceptance is based both on the inspection report and other evidence of conformity such as certificates of conformity or laboratory test reports on the product samples drawn during inspection. The overall aim of inspection is to reduce risk to the buyer, user or consumer, of the item being purchased.
UNBS has put in place an Import Inspection and Clearance Scheme. This scheme was put in place to promote fair trade and protect the health and safety of consumers. It is governed by the UNBS Imports Inspection and Clearance Regulations of 2015 and requires all imported products whose standard specifications were declared compulsory to be inspected for conformity to the relevant standards before release onto the domestic market. This is done two fold. For shipments above USD 2,000FoB Value, inspection is done in the country of origin/ export before the goods are shipped to Uganda. They are then expected to come with a certificate of conformity at the point of clearance in Uganda. The certificate of conformity is issued by any of these 3 contracted inspection companies: - Bureau Veritas (www.bureauveritas.com), Intertek (www.intertek.com) or SGS (www.sgs.com). Shipments in this category are surcharged 15% CIF Value if they are imported without Certificates of Conformity, they are then inspected by UNBS inspectors at the entry points.
Shipments of less than USD 2,000FoB are inspected by inspectors from UNBS at the entry points.
Where necessary, UNBS draws samples of the product for laboratory testing. If the product does not meet the critical minimum requirements for health, safety and performance as set out in the relevant Uganda Standards, such product is prohibited entry on those grounds and seized for destruction or re-exportation at the importer’s expense.
To ease and monitor the clearance of your imports by UNBS, you can now use our electronic imports clearance system. Log onto the eportal.unbs.go.ug for free registration.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Andrew Othieno
Manager, Imports Inspection Department
Tel: +256 414 505 995
Mobile: +256 793 149 487
Fax: +256 414 286 123
For e-portal related issues, please contact:
Mr. Kaleebi Mathias
Tel: + 256 772 625984