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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original passport with entry stamp (copies accepted for diplomats)
  • Packing list in English
  • Detailed valued inventory in English, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Tax identification number (TIN)
  • Invoice for all new items
  • Letter of employment / copy of contract
  • Original bill of lading  (OBL) / telex release / air waybill (AWB) - 2 copies
  • Work permit
  • Exemption letter (diplomats)


Specific Information

  • For all first arrivals by air, owner of the goods’ original passport with entry stamp and a letter of employment are required.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original passport
  • Certificate of incorporation / registration for a company / organization
  • Original log book / registration certificate or cancellation
  • De-registration certificate for used cars / boats / motorcycles
  • Original invoice for new cars / boats / motorcycles
  • Road worthiness certificate from the origin country
  • Original bill of lading / telex release / air waybill
  • TIN
  • Interpol report confirming ownership
  • Exemption letter and allocation of number plates (diplomats)


Specific Information

  • Returning Ugandans and non-diplomats can import one vehicle, which must be owned more than 12 months to qualify for exemption from duties and taxes.
  • Require a pre-shipment inspection COC certificate preferably from a company contracted by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards e.g. SGS, Intertek, JEVIC, EAAR, etc.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Pet passport
  • Import permit issued by Ministry of Agriculture in Entebbe, Uganda


Specific Information

  • Electronic identification (e.g., microchip) is highly recommended.
  • Veterinary health certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 15 days of import.
  • Documents must accompany animal.
  • The pet passport must show proof against rabies and other disease and is free of disease communicable to humans; the rabies vaccination must be done at least 30 days prior to import.
  • Certain breeds of dogs are prohibited from entry; contact agent for details.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, tobacco not exceeding 250 grams in weight
    • Spirits including liquor not exceeding 1L and wine not exceeding 2L
    • Perfume and toilet water not exceeding 500mL, in which no more than 250 mL can be perfume
    • Hunting weapons (authorization from the Ministry of Interior is required)
    • Endangered species and products made from them (permission from CITES required)
    • Tax will be paid on goods in excess of allowed quantity
    • New items
  • To qualify for duty free allowance a passenger must be 18 years of age or older
  • Items over the allowed quantity attract tax of their intended use (home use included)

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics
  • Pornography
  • Cultural artifacts and objects of cultural importance
  • Explosive materials
  • Some wildlife species

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

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Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.
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