​Importation of Goods

This is the process where a person buys and brings goods from outside Uganda for either home use or for transit.

  • Goods for home use are those that are imported solely for the purpose of sale or use within Uganda.
  • Transit goods are those that are intended to be consumed in another country so they just go through Uganda before they reach their final destination.

BENEFITS.pngPrivileges enjoyed by an Importer for Importing Goods into Uganda

  1. Importers who are registered under the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)are entitled to faster clearance of their goods.
  2. Warehousing of imported goods enables the importer to:
  • Look for funds to clear their tax obligation at their convenience time by differing payment.
  • Acquire guaranteed security of their good s on which customs duty has not yet been paid.
  • Clear part of the goods, in case they don’t have funds to pay customs duty on all warehoused goods,this allows for cash flow management.
  • Has an opportunity to transfer goods to another party while they are still in the warehouse.
  • Repackage the goods before clearance of customs duty.
  • Importers of selected goods are entitled to different incentives under the exemption schedule of the EACCMA.

1 CAUTION.pngCaution

  • All importers are required to use the services of a licensed clearing agent.
  • The warehousing period of goods is 270 days except for goods in duty free shops, new motor vehicles, wines and spirits which are warehoused for a maximum of two (2) years.
  • The clearing agent MUST submit genuine and authentic documentation relating to a transaction to avoid delays and penalties.

Access User Guides for Importation Services below:

Clearance of Goods in Transit 

Clearance of Temporary Importation

Importation of Goods for Home Use (Direct Clearance)

Warehousing of Goods

Agent Appointment by the Agency

Kenya Ports Authority Agent Registration

Authorised Economic Operator

Related Services

How to get a Tax Identification Number (TIN)

Licensing for Customs Purposes