How To Successfully Import Chemicals to Uganda

Since 1 January 1995, Uganda has belonged to the World Trade Organization, and since 25 October 1962, it has participated in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Uganda's economy has a lot of promise and seems ready for rapid growth and development. Significant natural resources, such as abundant fertile land, consistent rainfall, and mineral deposits, are present in the country.

After realizing the country's need for more outside assistance, Uganda, the IMF, and the World Bank drafted a policy framework paper in 1987. Following this, Uganda started implementing economic policies intended to improve resource mobilization and importation. They import chemicals from countries like China to help them boost their revenues and the overall economy. This article discusses everything you need to know about chemical imports into Uganda.

Introduction to Uganda Chemical Market

Each year, large amounts of chemicals are brought into Uganda for use in various industries. The country's imports of chemicals will rise along with the development of the oil and gas industry. To further strengthen the country's economy, the United Nations has developed a project to help build Uganda's national institutional capability for appropriate chemical and waste management. This will also affect agriculture, transportation, mining, and petroleum sectors. The use of chemicals in these industries will be appropriately managed, leading to a more stable economy. A short review of each of these sectors is below:


  • Agriculture

The majority of Uganda's foreign exchange profits come from agricultural products, with coffee alone accounting for nearly 17% of exports in 2017 and earning the nation US$545 million. Uganda is Africa's second-largest producer of coffee after Ethiopia. The country also produces cotton, tea, and tobacco, while exports of clothing, hides, skins, vanilla, vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, and fish are expanding. Chemicals are needed in the agricultural industry to ensure that the crops are without diseases and also for pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. 


  • Mining and petroleum

The Ugandan mining industry, documented since the 1920s, experienced a boom in the 1950s, accounting for a record 30 per cent of exports. It gained momentum as mining income rose by 48% between 1995 and 1997. The Natural Resource Governance Institute has defined Uganda's extractive industry's focus as the extraction of cobalt, gold, copper, iron ore, tungsten, steel, tin, and other industrial products such as cement, diamonds, salt, and vermiculite. There's also a need for quality chemicals to improve the revenue of the mining and petroleum industry.


  • Transportation

There is an international airport at Entebbe, located on the northern beaches of Lake Victoria and about 41 kilometers (25 miles) south of Kampala. The Kabaale International Airport is also being built in Uganda's Western Region, and work on it started in January 2018. This second international airport in Uganda will help with the development of an oil refinery and promote travel. As a result, chemical importation will become more accessible in Uganda. 

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How Can I Import Chemicals To Uganda From China? 

Given the facts above, it is clear that Uganda's chemical market will rapidly expand. However, you need to understand the important documentation to succeed as a chemical importer. Additionally, you must complete all necessary import paperwork. This will enable you to navigate the customs process successfully. The required paperwork is shown below:

Supplier Invoice

The bills sent by a seller to a customer are known as supplier invoices. The seller, often referred to as a supplier or vendor, can send an invoice to their buyer, who may be a one-time client or a regular customer.

Packing List

A packing list is an official document that lists all the items contained in a shipping package (for tracking and identifying purposes). The document will often include information about the shipment, such as how the items were packed. All additional shipping-related documentation, such as the commercial invoice, a bill of lading, or an air waybill, should match the information on the packing list. This ensures consistency and contributes to the audit trail required for compliance.

Commercial Invoice

A commercial invoice is essential for the export and import clearance procedure. It is occasionally applied to currency exchange. It is the paperwork that customs officers in the buyer's nation use to calculate import taxes and levies.

Freight Invoice

A freight bill is an invoice provided by a logistics provider that lists all the fees associated with transporting freight. Like any other invoice, a freight bill outlines the amount your organization pays the logistics provider for moving the shipment.

Certificate of Origin

A certificate of origin attests that the products specified therein have complied with certain conditions to be recognized as originating from a particular country and is commonly used in international economic transactions. A certificate of origin is created and completed by the exporter or the manufacturer, though it may also be subject to official certification by a reputable third party. It is frequently sent to the customs office of the import nation to prove the product's eligibility for admission or favourable treatment.

A copy of a Certificate of Origin

Bill of Lading

When items are carried, the relationship between the shipper and the carrier is governed by a bill of lading, which is a document that goes with the freight. It provides information on the shipment's cargo and the title or ownership of that shipment to the designated receiving party.

Certificate of Compliance

A certificate of compliance attests to a product's compliance with a safety law or standard. This certificate is frequently used in shipping and logistics to ensure that goods are safe for travel and satisfy the standards of the destination country. It also includes the Safety Data Sheet (SDS), which confirms the product's suitability for shipping.

Import Declaration Form

An import declaration form is an official document that describes the products that are being imported. It is the act by which the importer declares their intention to place items under a specific customs procedure, according to the law.

Which Companies are Pre-Shipment Inspection and Testing Agents in China?

As an importer, you should note that the pre-shipment inspection procedure in China is essential in the supply chain management process before you begin importing chemicals. It denotes the final stage of every production procedure. Below is a list of authorized pre-shipment testing and inspection companies in China for Uganda importation:





Commodity Inspection Services BV

Commodity Inspection Services BV, (CIS) China

Room 504, Hecheng Garden

No. 20 Hedong Road, Zhuangqiao 

Jiangbei, Ningbo



[email protected]


Cotecna International Trade Consulting (Shanghai) Ltd

Suite 2101, No. 989 Dong Fang Lu

Zhong Da Square, 

Pu Dong Xin Qu

200122 Shangai


+86 21 68672300

[email protected]

China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIC)

China - Headquarter

Sanyuan Building, No.18 Xibahe Dongli Chaoyang District.Beijing, P.R.China

+86 10-8460 3456

[email protected]

How To Import Chemicals to Uganda From China: Step By Step

Follow the steps below for a successful chemical importation from China to Uganda:


  • Trade Inquiries

Before you begin importing, conduct essential market research. This way, you will be fully informed about pertinent information about your products. Trade inquiries involve the cost and conditions under which the exporter makes their goods available.


  • Choose the best supplier

China has a vast number of chemical suppliers, making it easy to deal with fraudulent ones. Take your time when selecting a qualified and reliable source. Camachem is a reliable chemical-producing company in China you can trust. They have a reputation for shipping to countries across the globe, even Africa.


  • Find out the value of your goods and choose the incoterms

By using the FOB (free on board) method or the CIF (cost, insurance, and freight) incoterms method, you can determine the worth of your items. The FOB method does not cover the cost of transporting your goods from China to Uganda, while the CIF method does.


  • Get a customs code for your product

You must use the customs code to determine how much you will have to pay in taxes and customs duties. The entire process can move quickly in this way.


Importing Chemicals from China into Uganda can increase your profitability while providing access to a diverse and wide range of Chemicals at an affordable price. Due to the nature of chemicals, they require proper handling, which is why several procedures must be completed before you can successfully import and collect your chemicals at any Uganda port.   

How Can Camachem Help Me Import Chemicals in Uganda?

Camachem is a reliable company with a wealth of experience in shipping chemicals to different countries across the globe. The company has handled the exportation of chemicals from China to various countries, including Uganda. All you have to do is visit the website, make an order on any chemical of your choice, acquire appropriate approvals as indicated above, and we will handle the rest. 

Our company has exported various chemicals to Uganda through Port Bell. They include:

  1. DCP
  2. Caustic Soda Flakes
  3. Caustic Soda Pearls
  4. Sodium Bicarbonate
  5. Soda Ash (Dense and Light)
  6. Sodium Metabisulfite (SMBS)
  7. Sodium Sulfide
  8. SLES 70%
  9. Many others

Our company is reputable for producing, packing, and shipping chemicals in large quantities to clients across different continents, including Africa. Therefore, once your documents are in place, you can contact Camachem to import the best chemicals.


Camachem Successfully Exported Chemicals To Uganda

Camachem preparing Caustic Soda Flakes Shipment in Tianjin for Port Bell

A package of Caustic Soda Pearl ready to be imported to Uganda


A package of Caustic Soda Pearl ready to be imported to Uganda

Camachem Preparing SLES 70 Shipment to Port Bell

A chemical ready to be shipped Into Uganda

A chemical ready to be shipped Into Uganda