Overview of the Chemical Industry in Uganda and How to Buy Chemicals?

Country flag of Uganda, Where Camachem Export Chemicals for Sale

Introduction to Uganda

  • Uganda has a population of 46 million.
  • Capital: Kampala
  • Official Language: English and Swahili
  • Total Area: 241,037 km2
  • Currency: Ugandan Shilling

Economy of Uganda

Economic Overview:

    • Uganda is located in East Africa.
    • Uganda has the third-largest economy in East Africa.
    • Uganda's GDP is USD 37 million.
    • The largest industries: Food Processing, Cement, Shoes, Fertilizers, Metal, Steel, Textiles, Motor Vehicle, Paints, Soap, and Oil.

Economy Breakdown of Uganda:

      • Service sector: 50%
      • Industry: 27%
      • Agriculture: 23%

Uganda's Main Import Partners:

      • China: 18%
      • India: 17%
      • Kenya: 10%
      • The United Arab Emirates (UAE): 8%
      • Saudi Arabia: 5%

Uganda’’s Main Export Partners:

      • Kenya: 20%
      • D.R.C: 16%
      • UAE: 15%
      • South Sudan: 11%
      • Rwanda: 9%

Chemical use in Uganda

Given the economic growth of Uganda, it is an attractive country for chemical trade. Uganda's chemical industry is diverse and includes chemicals, food processing, fertilizers, cement, textile, metal, steel, paints, soap, and motor vehicle.

      • Water Treatment Industry

Uganda produces about 8 million m3 of wastewater per year. This is mainly domestic and municipal wastes from major towns. With increased industrialization and urbanization, the demand for clean water will continue to grow. Through the water and environment ministry, the government has been using a conventional water treatment, constructed wetlands, and sewage stabilization ponds.

Uganda uses large amounts of water treatment chemicals, some of which are manufactured locally but most are imported.

Camachem has supplied water treatment chemicals to Uganda, such as Calcium hypochlorite.

      • Fertilizer Industry

Agriculture contributes 23% to Uganda's GDP. Uganda is a major producer of cassava, cotton, sweet potato, plantains, and maize in the region. This sector employs about 80% of the country's population. To increase its food production, there will be a need for chemical fertilizer to boost crop yield.

Uganda uses a lot of imported chemical fertilizers.

Camachem has supplied chemical fertilizers such as Monocalcium Phosphate 22% and Dicalcium phosphate 18% (DCP18%).

Seaports and Trading Hubs of Uganda

Uganda is a landlocked country, and therefore it has no seaport or trading hubs within its boundaries. For importation and exportation of goods. Uganda has partnered with the Kenyan government to support the country's trade systems. It depends heavily on the port of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam port.

Uganda is accessible by land. For international trading, it uses the Port of Mombasa, which is found in Kenya. Uganda then uses the road and rail network for transportation.

For importing goods, Camachem uses the largest port of Mombasa, which is the largest and busiest port in terms of container volume.

Port of Mombasa and Port of Dar es Salaam

      • The port of Mombasa is the largest and busiest port in the region. In 2018, Uganda imported over 7 million metric tons, making it one of the biggest users of Mombasa's port.

Goods on transit to Uganda

      • Since Uganda is a land-locked country, Uganda receives most of its goods from Kenya via road.

What Chemicals does Uganda Import?

According to the latest trade data, Uganda imports USD 47 million in inorganic chemicals and USD 96 million in organic chemicals. They include chemicals such as:

What Regulations are there on Importing Chemicals to Uganda?

The following are some of the guidelines for importing chemicals to Uganda.

      • License and Permits - All importers of chemicals must be licensed and have all the necessary permits.
      • Labeling of Chemicals - The government of Uganda requires that all labeling is done correctly to help guide the handling, storage of chemicals, and safety measures.
      • Other Import Documents and Requirements Include:
        • Bill of Landing.
        • Customs Declaration.
        • Application for an Import Clearance Certificate
        • Certificate of Compliance
        • Commercial Invoice
        • Health Certificate
        • Insurance Certificate

Why Should Uganda Import Chemicals?

      • High Cost of Production - It is cheaper to import chemicals than to buy locally. When the cost of production is high, the purchase price will also be high.
      • Chemical Quality - Before any company exports chemicals, they have to meet the quality standards, a process that most domestic manufacturers do not have to go through.
      • Long-Term Agreements - The secret about long-term agreements is that they provide consistency in the product line.

Copper Sulfate for Sale in Uganda

Copper Sulfate is one of the key chemicals that we export to Uganda

Camachem is among the companies that have been able to export quality chemicals to Uganda at affordable prices.

Where Can I Buy Chemicals for Uganda?

Camachem has been exporting chemicals to clients in Uganda. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation.

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