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Kyambadde: Nonconforming Imported Cars Will Be Destroyed

Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde

about it treatment geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>A number of guidelines were agreed upon in a meeting of the Minister, approved UNBS officials with car importers, view following their strike last month in opposition of PIVoC costs.

Under their umbrella association, Used Motorcar Importers Association, they closed down their warehouses protesting what they termed as ‘exorbitant costs’ being incurred under the arrangement.

They also complained of a few number of PIVoC Service Providers making the service less competitive; and also demanded that inspection of used cars be carried out in Uganda.

In the April 2, meeting with the Minister, it was agreed that all vehicles currently in the bond and the vehicles that will enter the country by May 31, 2014, be inspected by UNBS at an inspection fee of only $140.

Government also agreed to waive the 15% penalty on Cost of Insurance and Freight (CIF) value up to May 31, 2014.

For those vehicles that fail the inspection test, the meeting resolved, the importer shall be given only 30 days to rectify the faults and failure to do so, the vehicle will be destroyed at the cost of the importer.

Following the concerns of importation of Fukushima radiation contaminated cars, it was agreed that any bond found with radioactive vehicles shall be asked to dispose them outside Uganda and be banned from doing business in Uganda.

“From June 1, 2014, Vehicles without Certificate of Conformity (COC) shall not be allowed to enter the Country,” read some of the meeting resolutions.

“All the relevant Government Agencies shall ensure that all vehicles without COC are stopped at the boarder points.”

Kyambadde reiterated in the meeting, Government’s emphasis to ensure adherence to quality and standards.

“That is why we re-introduced PVoC program in June, 2013 as one of measures to minimize the importation of substandard goods into the Country.”

She added: “Government, through the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, has noted that substandard vehicles in particular, whether in the Bonded warehouses or on our roads, are a death trap.”

“This is because they cause accidents, and they are sometimes contaminated with radiations which increase the rate of cancer in this Country.”

“The Ministry is, therefore, committed to continue supporting the growth of your business and the Ugandan economy, taking into account the health and safety of the consumers.”


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