Uganda Import Regulations

Uganda Flag
Country Code+256
Time Difference-6 Hours (UTC/GMT +3)
PortMombasa or Dar es Salaam
Shipping LineKEIHIN
CurrencyUgandan Shilling (UGX)
DocumentsInvoice, BL, Masho, Masho Translation, Insurance if applicable

Year Restrictions

Cars: No Limit
Vans: No Limit
Buses: No Limit
Trucks: No Limit but Prefers 1987 to 1990 Models

Popular Models

Cars: Toyota Vitz, Toyota Premio, Toyota Townace van.
Vans: N/A
Buses: Mitsubishi
Trucks: FRR12 - Isuzu Dump truck, NRR12 - Isuzu Forward Dump Truck, FK417 - Mitsubishi Flat body truck.
All trucks are should be between 1989-1992 with Diesel and manual transmission

Destination Port

Uganda being a land locked country, surrounded from all the sides by land has no port of its own, thus to import a Japan used car to Uganda either the port of Mombasa in Kenya or Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania can be used, both being equal in terms of cost related to import of the vehicle.

Vessel Schedule

Twice Monthly (Date Varies)

Time of Shipment

RoRo (24-34 Days)


Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has appointed JEVIC to conduct a compulsory inspection 'Road Worthiness Inspection (RWI)' for the used cars to ensure that it meets certain standards

Right and Left-Hand Drive

Right and Left hand drive both types of vehicles are permitted.

Duties and Taxes

The Custom duty value in Uganda is determined in accordance with The General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (G.A.T.T) valuation method. Taxation or tariffs on importing used vehicles in Uganda are as follows:
  • Import Duty : 15% of dutiable value
  • VAT : 17% of VAT value
  • Import commission : 2% of Dutiable Value
  • Withholding Tax : 4% of Dutiable Value
  • There is an excise duty of 10% on selected cases. There is also duty remission on some commercial vehicles.

Documents Required

Documents which are required at the time of clearing the used cars at the ports are as follow:
  • Original Bills of Lading
  • Two clear negotiable Original Bills of Lading.
  • Work Permit (copy)
  • Immigration Permit
  • Certificate of Residence Change
  • Attestation reservation de cale
  • The consignee's original passport
  • An invoice or valuation for the vehicle
  • The original logbook of the vehicle or the original export documents from the country of origin
  • Inventory in triplicate, English, detailed, valued, signed and dated by the customer
  • Electrical powered items should be shown with serial numbers
  • A Tax Identification Number, will be issued and obtained for the consignee by the consignee local employer in Uganda
Note: It is a must to be registered with Tanzania Revenue Authority and have your Tax Identification Number (TIN) before clearing the car into Tanzania Customs Regulations.

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