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Source: Ministry of ICT And National Guidance / Republic Of Uganda

20.09.2020

LATEST UPDATES ON MATTERS  REGARDING CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19)

Extract : 


The International Airport and Land borders

will now be opened for tourists, coming in and going out, provided they tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda and provided the tour operators ensure that the tourists do not mix with the Ugandans.  How will this be done?  The tourists will be driven straight from the Airport to their destinations or to designated transit hotels that are set aside for that purpose.  Business delegations should also be handled in the same way by the Local Partners. The returning Ugandans, who have negative PCR results, will be allowed to go home. The Ministry of Health will only get their addresses for follow up.


Restrictions on movements on border districts are hereby lifted.


Curfew, from 2100 hours (9 p.m.) to 6 a.m., will be maintained; but for the boda bodas, their movements must always end at 1800 hours (6 p.m).


Further information: https://mediacentre.go.ug/media/updates-matters-regarding-corona-virus-covid-19

Source: https://mediacentre.go.ug/

Source: IMPACCT/ UN OCHA

02.07.2020

Flights to Uganda are suspended.

This does not apply to operations related to humanitarian flights, Medical evacuation flights; Repatriation flights.

The Mombasa Port is operational but with reduced staff capacity.

Land borders are open but there are Customs delay at the eastern border (3 to 6 days). Rwanda: All commercial borders are still open to cargo movements but operating at minimal capacity.

South Sudan: Closure of all borders with exemption granted for cargo and fuel tanks.

Tanzania: Cargo movement is allowed. Measures implemented by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)to facilitate the cross-border movement of relief and essential supplies.

Importation of medicines and medical equipment related to the COVID-19 pandemic response

The government has declared a list of essential items for the fight against COVID-19 tha tare tax-exempted.

There are no specific expedited processes for the clearance of medical equipment or medicines.

All imports of medical equipment and medicines require the deliverance of a certificate from the National Drug Authority (NDA).


More information in the attached bulletin on CIQPs



Source: WCO/Uganda Revenue Authority

06.05.2020

1. Measures aiming to Facilitate the Cross-border Movement of Relief and
Essential Supplies


1. Priority clearance of medical and essential supplies.
2. Tax exemption extended on specific medical equipment and sundries by
Government of Uganda to support the fight against the Pandemic.
3. Truck drivers are allowed to proceed on their journey as the samples are taken at
the points of entry are submitted to the national lab or the mobile labs for processing.


2. Measures aiming at Supporting the Economy and Sustaining Supply Chain
Continuity


1. All designated border points of entry and exit of goods are operating as usual
allowing movement of cargo across borders with a crew of not exceeding 2 people
2. Use of electronic cargo tracking technology to track drivers whose results test
positive for COVID-19.
3. Ensured that operational guidelines issued during the period are relayed to clients
and the public through all available channels of communication including social media.
4. Encouraged importers and manufacturers to take on tax exemptions as provided for
under the laws and allowed general extension of payment of duties upon request.
5. URA is facilitating Bond owners and clearing agents to access the bonded
warehouses.
6. Use of Online systems for cargo clearance and to respond to queries and inquiries,
e.g. Asycuda, Help tool to respond to queries.
7. Categorisation of Customs officials as providers of essential services and thus
enabling them continue to work during lock down.


3. Measures aiming at Protecting Customs administrations’ Staff


1. Set up a crisis team to respond to COVID-19 staff emergencies.
2. Ensured that information relating to COVID-19 is relayed to staff through all
available channels of communication including social media.
3. Depopulated offices by facilitating some functions to operate from home to ensure
social distancing.4. Provided personal protection equipment - hand sanitizers, hand washing facilities,
Infra-Red thermometer guns at various official entry points and face masks to staff
who are operating amidst the pandemic


4. Measures aiming at Protecting Society


1. Use of online facilities (help tool) to manage client issues without physical contact.
2. Liaison with Ministry of health to test all truck drivers entering the country, for
COVID-19.
3. Movement restricted to monitored gazetted routes and stops to prevent /minimise
any form of unsupervised interaction with the communities.
4. Use of electronic cargo tracking technology to track drivers whose results test
positive for COVID-19.


5. Other Measures


1. Sharing of insights regarding managing finances, mental and psychological health
during the Corona virus with the help of experts, counsellors, and URA Doctor.


Further information: http://www.wcoomd.org...../natural-disaster/covid_19/uganda.....

Source: WCO/Uganda Revenue Authority

30.04.2020

MEASURES TAKEN BY UGANDA TO COMBAT COVID-19

After most of the neighboring countries had confirmed cases of COVID-19, the government of
Uganda started taking deliberate measures to reduce gatherings starting with closing academic institutions at all levels and banning all political, cultural, social and religious gatherings. The first COVID-19.

As at 30th April, 2020, the following measures are obtaining:

1. Closure of all educational institutions.

2. Suspension of religious gatherings such as prayers in Churches and Mosques.

3. Suspension of all social, cultural and political public gatherings and conferences.

4. Suspension of all local passenger public transport.

5. Suspension of all passenger flights into and out of the country.

6. Suspension of entry into Uganda by anyone other than truck drivers, by land or water.

7. Suspension of non-food sellers from markets.

8. Imposition of a countrywide lockdown save for a few workers in selected sectors deemed
to be essential.

9. Imposition of a countrywide 7pm to 6.30am curfew.

The Customs Administration has in line with the national COVID-19 guidelines conducted the following:

10. Set up a crisis team to respond to COVID-19 emergencies.

11. Ensured that information relating to COVID-19 is relayed to staff, clients and the general
population through all available channels of communication including social media.

12. Depopulated the offices by facilitating some staff to work from home to provide for social
distancing.

13. Facilitated staff especially at the borders with personal protection equipment and
sanitizers.

14. Joined the national task force by monitoring movement of cargo trucks through electronic
cargo tracking.

15. Enhanced facilitation and processing of clearance for Cross-border Movement of Relief
and Essential Supplies.

16. Provided a list of relief and medical supplies relating to COVID-19 under tax exemption.

17. Encouraged importers and manufacturers to take on tax exemptions as provided for under
the laws and allowed general extension of payment of duties upon request.

18. Provided for general waivers on penalties for delays in transit, late arrival of commercial
documents and over stay by ATA carnet holders.

19. Provided for the use of electronic services while interfacing with clients and responding to
queries and inquiries.

The Uganda Revenue Authority submitted information on measures implemented by the East
African Community as follows:

THE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 BY EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY COUNTRIES

The six countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan have all
reported Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Cases.

The following measures are currently being implemented in regards to Customs

1. All designated border points of entry and exit of goods are operating as usual.

2. Movement of cargo has been restricted to the gazette transit routes.

3. Transporters and Freight forwarders have been required to have not more than 3
operators of trucks.

4. Screening of truck drivers and crew (For Uganda and Kenya).

5. Quarantining of individuals with COVID-19 symptoms under the supervision of health
officials for 14 days.

6. Giving priority to essential goods and medical supplies during clearance.

7. Promotion of local production of items required in containing COVID-19 such as sanitizers,
face masks, ventilators etc.

8. Designating specific points along the transit routes for recuperation by the drivers.

9. Monitoring truck movements using the Regional Electronic tracking devices.

10. Manufacturers and importers are being encouraged to take advantage of exemptions for
relief items and medical supplies as provided for under the law.

11. The use of established electronic systems to minimize physical contact is being
encouraged.

12. There are relaxed measures on the enforcement of transit time limits.

13. Shipping lines have also been encouraged to waive charges on container delays.

There is disinfecting of trucks carrying cargo albeit in a limited scale.




Remarks from the International Road Transport Union

Forthcoming

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