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Uganda COC/PVOC Certificate

Uganda COC/PVOC Certificate

Imports Inspection And Clearance Scheme

Inspection of imports coming into Uganda is one of the UNBS mandates that emerged from the UNBS Act Cap 327 which became operational in 1989. Import Inspection duties entail enforcing the requirements of the Uganda standards in order to protect the health and safety of the public and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products. In the subsequent years, a number of amendments and regulations with regard to Import inspection and clearance have been passed and issued by the government to ensure that imports meet requirements of the approved standards in Uganda.

In order to ensure safe and quality assured products are imported into Uganda , the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) established its Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) program in June of 2013.

Our years of experience in the consignment based conformity assessment service, have enabled us to achieve world-wide recognition as a reliable and trusted partner. Our comprehensive services ensure you efficient and effective solutions for a successful export to Uganda.


Why Imports Inspection

Imports Inspection Department inspects products to ensure compliance with standards and regulations so that only quality products are sold to consumers. Products falling under compulsory standards are deemed to have a bearing on the health and safety of the consumer as well as the environment and as such they shouldn’t fall short of what is stipulated in the standard.


How inspection is done

In line with the UNBS core values of professionalism, customer focus, integrity, teamwork & innovation, consignments for importation to Uganda are inspected for quality upon arrival at the entry points and this entails both document checks and physical inspection of goods. Depending on the value and nature of products, the law requires that they are subject to PVoC, undergo destination inspection or both.

Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) is an inspection and verification programme carried out on goods by appointed inspection agents in the country of export. From a broad picture, products that are above USD 2,000 FoB value and are covered by compulsory standards are subject to PVoC and the importer is required to present a Certificate of Conformity (COC) at the entry point. This programme also applies to used motor vehicles coming into the country and as a requirement the importer has to present a Certificate of Road Worthiness (CRW) to obtain clearance

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.

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