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Trade in Uganda

Uganda was the world’s 110th largest exporter of goods and 94th largest exporter of commercial services in 2021. Export values were $4,179 and $1,478 million USD respectively. Uganda’s top export category was agricultural products, followed by manufactures, and fuels and mining products. In 2020, Uganda’s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to the United Arab Emirates, Kenya and South Sudan, with trade representing 37 per cent of GDP. In terms of imports, Uganda’s import values were $8,793 and $3,172 million USD respectively in 2021. Uganda’s top import category was manufactures, followed by fuels and mining products and agricultural products. Leading import partners were China, India and Kenya. Uganda is part of 2 different Regional Trade Agreements, such as Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
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General Information

This section includes general information on the economy, legal system, official languages and links to additional demographic information.

Official Name

Republic of Uganda

Abbreviation

UG

Capital

Kampala

WTO Membership Date

1 January 1995

Legal System

mixed legal system of English common law and customary law

Language

English, Swahili

Number of Time Zone(s)

1

Additional Information

Financial Information

This section includes financial information such as the currency, exchange rate lookup and local banks issuing trade finance.

Currency

Ugandan shilling

Exchange Rate

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Contact Information

This section includes contact information for business support organizations and national resources.

Business Support Organizations

Government MSME Agency

  • Uganda Investment Authority (UIA)

Industrial Property Offices

  • Uganda Registration Services Bureau

  • Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (URSB)

SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
    Department of Crop Inspection and Certification
    Contact person: Ms Joyce Brenda Kisingiri
    Agricultural Inspector
    Phytosanitary and Quarantine Inspection Services Division
    Phone: Tel: +(256) 772 403 364

    P.O. Box 102

    [email protected]@gmail.com

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS)
    Contact: Mr. George Opiyo
    Phone: +(256) 0417 33 32 50; +(256) 0417 33 32 51; +(256) 0417 33 32 52
    Website: http://www.unbs.go.ug

    Plot 2-12, Bypass Link, Bweyogerere Industrial & Business Park
    P.O. Box 6329
    Kampala

    [email protected], [email protected]

Additional Information

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Links to other helpful resources

This section includes additional links to trade-related resources.

Trade Information Portal

https://ugandatrades.go.ug/

Last Reviewed: June, 2023

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