Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) waives off Pre Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) surcharges from 25 March to 24 April 2021. The waiver is for importers whose goods are currently at the bond or Mombasa port and those in transit /at sea. This short-term intervention has been implemented to respond to importers who requested assistance to clear their goods stuck in bonds due to financial constraints arising from the Covid-19 pandemic challenges.


What steps do affected importers need to take?

The affected importers are expected to do the following to benefit from the waiver:

  • Sign a commitment form to ensure future compliance to PVoC requirements
  • Avail the goods for compliance inspection and testing to ensure they meet quality and safety standards requirements
  • Pay the destination inspection and testing fees where applicable as per the Import Inspection & Clearance Regulations 2018
  • Commit to subject future consignments to Pre Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) after this waiver period

Affected importers are advised to approach the UNBS Imports Inspection Department at UNBS Headquarters in Bweyogerere immediately for assistance and have their consignments cleared.

The information brief is attached here.


For inquiries, please contact; 

Mr. Abubaker Bakulumpagi: Tel: 0703659073 Email:  or

Mr. Samuel Tumwesigye: Tel: 0704585351 Email: