UMA members accredited as Authorised Economic Operators (AEO)
Ten (10) UMA members have been accredited as Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs) at regional and national level by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
The AEO is a trade facilitation programme undertaken by the customs department in URA. Under this programme, businesses that comply with customs laws and regulations benefit from customs preferential treatments such as fast clearance of their goods through simplified procedures, and reduced inspection.
Accredited UMA members include Luuka Plastics Ltd, Comfoam Ltd, Blow Plastics (U) Ltd, Unistrong Investments Ltd, Tian Tang Group Ltd, Uganda Tobacco Services Ltd, Nile Roofings Ltd, Hong Hai Wood (U) Ltd, Mandela Millers Ltd, and Chickways (U) Ltd.
According to the URA Commissioner General, the taxpayers who have been enrolled into AEOs are those who have been compliant and exhibited resilience of continuing doing the right thing of contributing their fair share of taxes in spite of the Covid-19 situation in the country.
UMA’s take on this initiative:
Initiatives aimed at recognizing compliant members while reducing their clearance costs and turn-around time are much appreciated and we encourage all manufacturers to leverage this opportunity that will to improve the management of their supply chains.
Who is implementing AEO?
AEO is being implemented by the World Customs Organisation (WCO), an international umbrella body to which Uganda is a member.
As a program based on international instruments, the AEO program is also being implemented by other Customs administrations around the world, and currently, there are about 97 operational AEO programs worldwide.
EAC-CET Review of 115 Tariff lines
EAC CET review is anchored on Article 12(2) of the Protocol which provides for a review of EAC CET after every 5 years. Having undertaken last review in 2016, the next review was to address inconsistencies and misclassification in the current EAC CET, enhancing industrial development, increasing intra-regional trade, eliminating stays of application, reviewing the sensitive list etc.
Current EAC CET has derogated the industrialization principles with multiple stays of application and duty remission schemes on goods otherwise produced in the Region.
The East African Community Common External Tariff (EAC-CET) review reached advanced stages as at April 2021 with a few contentious issues around some items awaiting final decisions by the partner states.
Member States were tasked had to carry out further consultation concerning the tariff lines instituted on the items without consensus, to inform their national position.
Considering the current status of the CET review, the UMA shared the 115 Tariff lines without consensus reached at as per the last country negotiations.
The UMA will continue updating you on the progress of this review through our monthly newsletters.
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