Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) premium payments for newly labeled commodities have been abolished for three months by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).
This, according to UNBS acting executive director John Paul Musimami, is attributable to the formation and development of a number of standards as the bureau’s scope of commodities it supervises has grown.
According to him, the number of import commodities labeled for intervention on the Uganda Electronic Single Window (eSW) has increased, and this has impacted a lot of importers who were previously unaware that their import commodities were regulated by the bureau.
“These importers have contacted UNBS about their consignments, which are currently stuck in bonds, as well as those already in transit, which did not undergo UNBS inspection in the countries of export and are thus subject to PVoC surcharge fees, which they can hardly afford due to financial constraints,” he said in a statement.
In light of the issue, Musimami stated that the bureau will grant a three-month exemption from PVoC standards.
He stated that this will be contingent on several conditions, including the commodities being freshly designated for inspection and importers with affected consignments physically approaching the bureau head office with an official request written to the manager, imports inspection section.
To qualify for this exemption, Musimami stated that the importer must make a pledge with the bureau stating that all future consignments covered by compulsory Uganda standards must comply with all UNBS requirements before March 13, 2022, when the waiver period expires.
“All impacted consignments, including those in route, must be pre-declared by the importer.” “The bill of lading/airway bill and the commercial invoice must accompany the pre-declaration,” he noted.