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URA Warns Traders Against Undervaluing Products, Counterfeiting

Traders have also been warned against imposters who pose as clearing agents

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has vowed to continue to crack the whip on traders and manufacturers who undervalue their imported goods as well as those that trade in counterfeited products.

The tax body says that such tendencies promote unfair business competition and could result into legitimate businesses crumbling.

During an engagement between URA, ambulance http://compuaprende.com/components/com_community/templates/jomsocial/layouts/frontpage.latestphoto.php the traders in Kampala and clearing agents on Wednesday, viagra dosage http://datedgear.com/wp-content/plugins/fusion-builder/shortcodes/fusion-tagline.php Dickson Kateshumba the Commissioner for Customs at URA said that traders connive with unprofessional clearing agents to declare less value for the goods they import.

In some cases, ambulance he added, the clearing agents are imposters that are taking advantage of unsuspecting businessmen.

“We want to ensure that everyone is surviving fairly in the business environment. We have made some reforms within our Document Processing Centre (DPC) and reduced the physical interaction between our officers and the clearing agents during the processing of entries,” Kateshumba said.

The new DPC system which has a total staff of 63 will now operate 24 hours, an improvement URA says will reduce processing time by 50%.

In Wednesday’s meeting, it was agreed that URA strengthens its monitoring of time releases by government agencies, clearing agents and URA officers.

Kateshumba warned that agents and URA officers who will be caught engaging in unscrupulous activities will be scrapped off their licenses and subjected to disciplinary action respectively.

He revealed that while cases of smuggling have persisted, the forms in which they are done have also advanced. URA has however stepped up border surveillance, adopted the use of scanners as well as the electronic cargo tracking system.

Evaristo Kayondo, the Chairman of Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) urged traders to desist from the temptation of undervaluing their goods.

“There should be commensurate payment of taxes. Undervaluation inhibits competition because if ignored, chances are that the authentic businesses will get out of business,” Kayondo told journalists.

At the same press briefing, URA paraded some individuals before who were recently caught engaging in smuggling of goods and offbook clearance so as to evade taxes. The individuals have been pardoned.

Many of them claimed they had been prompted to carry out smuggling due to the high taxes promised never to do it again.

Omar Kassim who heads the Uganda Clearing Industry and Forwarding Association advised businessmen to seek services of the licensed clearing and forwarding agents. “We as the Clearing Industry Association have a data bank of all the licensed clearing companies and this database was availed to KACITA,” Omar said.

According to Kateshumba, URA has so far recovered up to Ush 2 billion in undervalued imported goods.

Commissioner for Customs at URA Dickson Kateshumba (L) explains to the traders how the Electronic Cargo Tracking System operates during their tour of URA on Wednesday

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