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Waiver of PVoC surcharge for the period 25th March to 24th April 2021

  29th March , 2021 ,       Hits: 2005

Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has an obligation to protect public health & safety and to ensure that consumers get quality products that match value for money. The Bureau also has the mandate to promote fair trade and contribute to national development. This is achieved through formulation, implementation and enforcement of standards for both locally manufactured and imported products for the Ugandan market as well as ensuring that national industrial policies are streamlined into available regulations and procedures.

Following challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of importers have engaged UNBS on their consignments which are currently stuck in the Bonds and unable to finalise the clearing process due to financial constraints.

In consideration of the above challenges, UNBS is rolling out a short term intervention of self-disclosure by:

i)          Waiving off PVOC surcharges for Importers whose goods are currently at the bond or Mombasa port and those currently in transit /at sea;

ii)         Importers whose consignment are affected are required to sign a commitment form to ensure future compliance to PVOC requirements;

iii)        Goods to be subjected to compliance inspection and testing to ensure they meet quality and safety standards requirements; and

iv)        Pay the destination inspection & testing fees where applicable as per the Import Inspection & Clearance Regulations 2018.

v)         Commitment to subject future consignments to Pre Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) after this waiver period.

To benefit from the above PVOC surcharge waiver, all importers of affected entries are advised to approach the UNBS Imports Inspection Department, at UNBS Headquarters in Bweyogerere immediately to be assisted and have their consignments cleared.

For further inquiries, please contact UNBS on the following telephone numbers to the attention of Mr. Abubaker Bakulumpagi: Tel. 0703659073 Email:  or Mr. Samuel Tumwesigye: 0704585351 Email:

Mr. Ebiru David Livingstone