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Preferential markets

When your honey is ready for export to the EU market, obtain a Generalized System of Preference (GSP) certificate from Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB). Previously, one would need a Euro 1 certificate. If you are exporting to non-EU countries (e.g. Australia, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, USA), you will need a Generalized System of Preference (GSP) certificate from UEPB. UEPB certifies the consignment after a proper declaration is made by the exporter. GSP certificate costs about US$ 2 (UShs 5,000) per consignment. Declare your consignment by submitting the form to the customs Department of Uganda Revenue Authority at the point of exit. For customs declaration the exporter must have health certificate/Certificate of origin and packing list and commercial invoice in addition to the customs declaration form.

A Health Certificate is needed to accompany every consignment. This certificate is obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Livestock Health and Entomology Department for a fee of about US$15-20 (UShs 50,000) per consignment.
Some buyers also request for certificate of analysis of the product issued by a competent laboratory as proof that the product meets the required standards.

When exporting to Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi (East African Community, EAC), you need an EAC Certificate of Origin which is issued and certified by UEPB after a proper declaration by the exporter. EAC certificate of origin costs about US$ 2 (UShs 5,000). Other documentations are the same.

When exporting to any country within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region, you need a COMESA Certificate of Origin which is issued and certified by UEPB after a proper declaration

 


When exporting to Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi (East African Community, EAC), you need an EAC Certificate of Origin which is issued and certified by UEPB after a proper declaration by the exporter. EAC certificate of origin costs about US$ 2 (UShs 5,000). Other documentations are the same.

Non - Preferential markets

When exporting to countries where Uganda does not have any preferential treatments e.g. Pakistan, Brazil, Ghana, Israel, Dubai, India, South Africa, a special certificate of origin is issued and certified by Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI). The other documentations are the same.

 

Niche Markets: organic and Fair trade)

Accreditation and certification provide trust in the market place and this is often transmitted through use of logos and marks or statements which may be on products, advertising, websites and certificates. Inappropriate or deliberate misuse of such logos and language can undermine this so we are providing here a central location of resources to inform producers, traders and consumers on their proper use.

Soil Association (UK), Ecocert (France), SKAL (Holland), OKO and EMU (Germany) are some of the leading European certification organizations for organic honey. Being certified by these renowned companies enables the honey European market access. There are also African-based certifiers, although most of them are not recognized in the European markets. Quite often, they work in collaboration with European-based certifiers. In Uganda, Uganda Organic Certification Ltd (also known as UgoCert) is the leading certification company for organic products.

Fairtrade labelled products on the other hand need to be certified, all the way along the trade chain from producer to the final packaged product. This assures consumers that the product is Fairtrade. Therefore, if you want to become a trader of Fairtrade bee products you need be certified by certifiers like FLOCERT, among others, and you need to buy from Fairtrade certified beekeepers.

Written by Bosco Okello, Issue 22, The African Honey Magazine

 
   
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