UNBS introduces stricter measures for importation of used motor vehicles

UNBS introduces stricter measures for importation of used motor vehicles
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The Acting Executive Director of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Nangalama Daniel Richard Makayi, has announced stringent regulations for the importation of used motor vehicles into Uganda.

Makayi emphasised the necessity for all imported vehicles to possess a Certificate of Road Worthiness (CRW) from their respective countries of origin.

Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a 15% surcharge on the Cost, Insurance, and Freight (CIF) value, along with additional Destination Inspection fees.

To enforce these regulations, UNBS has enlisted the services of three international inspection companies: Auto Terminal Japan Limited, Quality Inspection Services, and Africa Automotive Analysis Ltd.

These companies will conduct Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVOC) services for used motor vehicles for one year, starting from April 2nd, 2024.

Importers, exporters, and dealers of used motor vehicles are granted a grace period until May 1, 2024, during which voluntary inspections can be conducted with any of the appointed service providers.

However, after this grace period, compliance with PVOC requirements will be mandatory for all vehicles arriving after May 1, 2024.

Makayi emphasised UNBS' commitment to ensuring public safety and environmental protection through these measures.

"It is imperative for all stakeholders involved in the importation of used motor vehicles to adhere to these regulations to safeguard the health and safety of the public and the environment," he stated.

He further highlighted, "The grace period provided offers an opportunity for stakeholders to familiarize themselves with the new requirements and undertake necessary inspections to avoid penalties."

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