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TIP: Gov’t documents procedures for exportation of fruits and vegetables

The Uganda Trade Information portal, an initiative of the Ministry of trade, industry and cooperatives houses export procedures for  fruits and vegetables to encourage potential and existing traders to expand into available markets in the far and neighboring countries.

The procedures are listed on the newly developed trade information portal, premised on facilitating trade. The trade facilitation platform provides access to transparent practical step-by-step guidelines for obtaining licenses, pre-clearance permits and clearance formalities for the most traded goods in and out of Uganda.

Uganda is capable of providing fresh and tasty fruits within and outside her boundaries and this is alluded to the good weather conditions and fertile soils. Uganda has a variety of fruits ranging from mangoes, pineapples, bananas, watermelons, avocados, apples, passion fruits, oranges, Papaya, lemons, beetroot and many more others.

Recently the Ugandan market has seen a surge in commodities like pineapples and mangoes, a sign that there is surplus for export. With the development of the trade portal, the glaring gap in information on required documents for export has been bridged since the traders can access all the trade information from one place at their places of convenience, apply and attain electronic phytosanitary certificate within a stipulated time without visiting the office.

According to the procedures documented in the Trade information Portal, the traders are required to Register their pack houses where produce for export is kept to undergo inspection by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. The inspection is aimed at confirming that they meet with the set standards. The delicate nature of fruits and vegetables and the market specifications especially by the EU pose the need for traceability of these products. This ensures that the fruits and vegetables which are exported are of excellent quality and that they meet international market requirements. A farm audit will be done to ensure good planting, harvesting and post harvesting practices for these products.

The portal also shows exporters of these horticulture products how to obtain a Certificate of origin relevant to their market destination. Uganda is party to many rules of origin agreements which accords its traders preferential treatment in different markets. They include the EU under the GSP agreement, China, India, EAC, COMESA, South Korea and others.

Information on how to obtain the phytosanitary certificate for every consignment of fresh and dry produce is also available on the portal. This certificate proves that the consignment is free of any pests and disease and conforms to the requirements of the importing country- It is issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries using their online portal.

The Uganda Trade Information Portal is a trade facilitation platform implemented by the Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) and the National Trade Facilitation Committee, in partnership with East African Community (EAC), Trade Mark East Africa, USAID, United Nations (UN) AND International Trade Centre.

Marketing support provided by the MARKUP programme, a regional development initiative for the EAC funded by the EU. For more information about the exportation of fruit and vegetable, visit…. https://ugandatrades.go.ug/

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