Car Business Resumes After UNBS Deal

The traders a couple of weeks ago went on rampage and closed down their warehouses in protest of what they termed as exorbitant charges by the three companies contracted by UNBS to test the quality of the cars before being shipped to Uganda.

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buy information pills geneva;”>The companies are Japan East Africa Automobile, a Japanese firm, Kilimanjaro based in the United Arab Emirates and Javic; whose work is to test the road worthiness of cars imported in Uganda.

The traders under their umbrella union Used Car Association of Uganda (UACU) told press that they were paying at least $140 on inspection fees in Japan for each vehicle and as much as 15 percent of the total cost of the car, insurance and freight with UNBS inspectors.

The traders on Wednesday were invited to dialogue with the Ministry and Bureau officials at UNBS offices, to devise the way forward.

In the meeting Chimpreports has learnt, it was agreed that the vehicles that are already in the country and those that will be shipped before May 31, shall be subjected to local inspection.

“But from June 1st 2014, all cars that subjected to thorough inspection from the countries of origin, as is the PIVOC arrangement, and on arrival in the country without the inspection, they will be subject to a penalty,” PIVOC Programmes Manager, Ms Linda Kobere, told us in an interview.

Mrs Linda noted the alleged exorbitant inspection fee, was partly because hired inspectors in the export countries were incurring high costs moving around to locate the cars to be shipped to Uganda.

“But we are now asking our importers to tell us the areas where they buy their cars most so that the inspectors can access them much easier, and we hope that the fee will be reducing with time.”

The PIVOC arrangement she said, was stricter on used imported cars, bearing in mind that Uganda could easily end up a dumping ground for
the Fukushima radiation contaminated cars.

Since the 2013 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant, some countries have reportedly banned importation of Japanese vehicles which are considered to be dangerously radioactive.


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