Trade Facilitation

Description

According to OECD trade facilitation indicators, Uganda performs better than the averages of Sub-Saharan African and low income countries in the areas of information availability and external border agency co-operation. However, Uganda’s performance for the involvement of trade community and streamlining of procedures is drastically below the averages of Sub-Saharan African and lower income countries. The World Bank Doing Business Report (2013) also ranked Uganda’s performance in trading across border (164th) below the regional average (141st). Uganda uses the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA++) which has improved efficiency in customs clearance procedures and helped running computerized risk-management system. Compared to the regional average of sub-Saharan Africa, it takes fewer days to export and to import a standard container of goods in Uganda (30 days for export and 33 days for import) but instead it costs (USD 2,800 for export and USD 3,375 for import). The fact that large portion of export and import costs (USD 1,900 for export and USD 2,300 for import) are spent for inland transportation and handling suggests that deficiency in transportation infrastructure is one of the main obstacles in trade facilitation.