Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Uganda

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 09/27/2017

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Maria D'Andrea-Yothers at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Uganda
Uganda is a member of the East African Community (EAC) customs union along with Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Customs tariffs, rules of origin, import prohibitions, and trade remedy regulations have been harmonized through the EAC. Uganda applies the EAC common external tariff (CET) on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) value of imports.

Uganda (EAC): Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textile, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
0 - 10
-wool
5105-5110
0 - 10
-cotton
5204-5207
10 - 25
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
10
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 25
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Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
25
-wool
5111-5113
25
-cotton
5208-5212
25 - 50*
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
25
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
25 - 50*
........................
Knit Fabric
60
25
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
10
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 25
........................
Apparel
61-62
25 - 50*
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63**
0 - 50*
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
25

10 - 25

25
*In the EAC CET, some goods are listed on Sensitive Items (SI) list and are subject to rates of 50% .
**Some items are subject to per unit tariffs.

For more detailed tariff information, see the EAC CET 2017. See also, the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

Taxes and other import surcharges--A VAT (value added tax) is levied at a standard rate of 18 percent on the sale price of locally produced goods and services, and on the customs-duty inclusive c.i.f. value of imports.

Temporary entry - Under the East African Customs Management Act, only goods imported for a temporary use or purpose, as well as goods imported for repair, shall be exempt from import duties. However, such exemption is only made if the importation of the goods was duly authorized by the Ugandan authorities and the authorities may impose such terms and conditions on the importation as they deem fit.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Uganda)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Uganda Revenue Authority

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Uganda)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
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Standards - Uganda

Uganda has compulsory standards that apply to yarns, thread and fabric; household textiles (bedding, pillows, towels, curtains, and floor covering), sanitary napkins and baby diapers; footwear; medical textile products, personal protective equipment; and industrial hoses and tubing.

See the Uganda standards catalogue and the Schedule of compulsory standards on the UNBS website.

Local standards organization and other resources:


The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Uganda

A label indicating the fiber content is required for textiles and textile products.
Uganda Standards (US) relevant for labeling:

  • US 426:2002, Code of practice for fibre content labelling of textiles and textile products - This standard specifies alternative methods for designating the fiber content of textiles and textile products and for applying this information to made-up products, piece goods and yarns. It also specifies the methods to be used for determining the fiber content of textiles and textile products. (COMPULSORY)
  • US ISO 6938:1984, Textiles — Natural fibres — Generic names and definitions - This standard gives the generic names and the definitions of the most important natural fibers according to their specific constitution or origin. (VOLUNTARY)
  • US ISO 3758:2012, Textiles — Care labelling code using symbols - This standard establishes a system of graphic symbols, intended for use in the marking of textile articles, and for providing information on the most severe treatment that does not cause irreversible damage to the article during the textile care process, and specifies the use of these symbols in care labelling. (VOLUNTARY)
  • US 356:2002, Size designation of clothes - Men's and boy outerwear garments - This standard establishes system of designating the sizes of men's and boy's outerwear garments: covering the upper or the whole body, or covering the lower body only and applies to civilian and uniform garments. (COMPULSORY)
  • US 357:2002 Size designation of clothes -Women's and girl's outerwear garments - This standard establishes a system of designating the sizes of women's and girl's outerwear garments (including knitwear and swimwear) that are classified as: covering the upper or the whole body, or covering the lower body only and applies to civilian and uniform garments. (COMPULSORY)
  • US 358:2002 Size designation of clothes -Infants garments - This standard establishes a system of designating the sizes of infant's garments. Both the control dimension on which the size designation is based and the method of indicating the size designation on a garment label are laid down. (COMPULSORY)
US ISO 6347:2004, Textile floor coverings — Consumer information, specifies the technical subjects that form the basis for the provision of information, at the point of sale, for the guidance of the consumer prior to and after the purchase of a textile floor covering. It is applicable to textile floor coverings of all types and is voluntary.


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Market Information - Uganda


No specific information is available.



U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

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For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:

OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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