STRIKE: Gov’t To Review Import Verification Charges


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advice geneva;”>While addressing journalists at the Media Centre in Kampala, Kyambadde noted that the PVoC program still stands but noted that the inspection charges will soon be reviewed.

“I will be meeting all contracted inspection agents to review the charges and I am convinced we shall reach amicable fair rates,” noted Kyambadde.

Kyambadde, however, expressed her concern over the prolonged traders strike, noting efforts had been made to ensure that all issues concerning the PVoC program are understood by all traders but was dismayed by their inflexibility.

“This strike has happened inspite of our numerous and persistent efforts over the last 6 months. I had even suspended the program to enable the business community fully appreciate the importance of the program,” stressed the minister.

Kyambadde further clarified on misconceptions over the PVoC program by the traders, saying “it is not a tax but rather a professional fee for inspection according to applicable standards.”

“A tax is approved by the Parliament and it’s the ministry of finance to levy the taxes,” stressed the minister.

Kyambadde therefore called upon the traders to get back to their normal businesses as her ministry pledges to work on their concerns and review the program.

“It’s my sincerely hope that sanity will soon be restored and we resume our normal business operation.”

By Thursday evening, there was no hope that traders would reopen before their set deadline of Monday


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