Shipping / Export from UK to Kampala, Uganda, through Mombasa

We specialise in shipping household goods and vehicles (cars, trucks, tractors, buses, motorbikes, etc) to Uganda from the UK (by RoRo or Container), and can guarantee the best shipping prices.

For UK based clients, we offer either shipping only, where you deliver your vehicle or goods to one of the UK ports of departure, or an all-inclusive shipping service where we collect your vehicle or goods from any UK address and ship them to Kampala.

For international clients, we can either source and supply new or used vehicles from the UK and export them directly to you in Uganda, or if you have identified or secured your own car in the UK, we can buy the vehicle on your behalf and ship it to you in Uganda.


Cost / Prices for Shipping to Kampala through Mombasa, Uganda


Saloon / Sedan cars (up to 1.6m height)


4x4 / SUV / Vans (up to 2.1m height)


20-foot Container (1 car)


40-foot Container (2 cars)


Other vehicles (Truck, Bus, Tractor, Trailer, etc)
£dimensions needed

Collection / Delivery (from any UK location)

£1 per mile

Shipping Methods to Kampala, Uganda

We operate one ship per week from UK to Uganda, through ports of Southampton, Sheerness, New Castle, Tilbury, and Immingham. We typically export to Mombasa where you can collect the vehicle, OR using our local Kenyan / Ugandan agents, we can arrange for the clearance of your vehicle when it arrives in Kampala.

The ships take approximately 25 days to get to Kampala from the UK. There are two main methods of shipping vehicles from the UK to Uganda:

- RoRo Car Shipping to Uganda from the UKRORO Shipping - RoRo is short for "Roll on Roll off" and is the simplest, cheapest, and most popular method of shipping. Vehicles are driven into the ship and securely fixed to the ship's deck, and when the ship arrives in Kampala, they are driven out of the ship. Putting personal goods in the vehicles is usually not permitted when shipping by RoRo.

- CONTAINER Shipping - this is where vehicles are secured in a container, which is then loaded onto the ship. Container shipping is a more expensive but secure option and is ideal if you are sending high-value vehicles or if you are sending other items with your car, such as household goods or spare parts.

Procedure / How to Book

Vehicle Collection / Delivery

Provide us with the address for collection and details of the vehicle you want to be collected. We will come to collect the vehicle at a convenient time and deliver it to the port.

Vehicle Shipping from the UK

* Provide us with your full name and address, details of the vehicle you want to ship, a copy of the V5 (or new keeper supplement), and the MOT certificate (if available)
* Deliver your vehicle to the UK port of departure using port documentation that we will provide to you (or we will pick your vehicle and deliver it to the port)
* Make payment (before the ship's departure date)
* We carry out customs clearance and issue you with documentation required to clear your car when it gets to Kampala.

Vehicle purchase on your behalf

If you locate a vehicle through a UK car dealer, private seller or another UK car selling website, we can act as your agent, negotiate on your behalf, and conduct background checks and inspections before you purchase the car (to make sure it is not a fraudulent advert, stolen, or has been in an accident).

We will then purchase it on your behalf, collect it, deliver it to the UK port of departure, and ship it to you in Uganda.

To order this service, provide us with the private seller, dealer, website, or email details, and we will make contact on your behalf and start the process of securing the vehicle and exporting it to you in Uganda. Full details and costs can be found on our page Buy vehicle in the UK on my behalf

New / Used Car Supply

We supply brand new and used vehicles from the UK and ship them directly to clients in Uganda. We also specialise in exporting tax free cars (Brand new or VAT qualifying used cars), so our Ugandan clients can make huge savings when purchasing a vehicle from us.

We are able to source and supply ALL vehicles available in the UK market, which are either our own vehicles, or cars supplied by our network of dealers across the UK. Due to our extensive network, we guarantee to get you the cheapest prices in the UK, for cars, 4x4s, vans, trucks, minibuses, buses, coaches, tractors and plant machinery.

To order a vehicle, call us, email, or submit an online enquiry with the vehicle make, model, year of manufacture, colour, transmission, engine size, etc, and we will provide you with vehicle options within minutes. Alternatively, browse our database of cars for export, and ask for quotation to ship to Uganda.

UK Customs & Documentation

Car Exporters UK has direct access to the UK Customs Portal granted by the UK Government, so we will make customs and border entries on your behalf to avoid delays or your car being detained at the port.

We will also prepare all documentation needed in Uganda, including inspection Documents, Log Books, Invoices, Bills of Lading, Marine Insurance, Receipts etc, and will send these to you by DHL (tracked) in advance of the ship’s arrival in Kampala, to allow you (or your local agent), to start the customs clearing process.

Vehicle Shipping by Air

We have shipped vehicles to locations around the world for various reasons including filming commercials, racing, movies etc. The main reason for shipping cars by air include saving time or for extremely prestige and precious vehicles. We can provide very competitive air freight rates to Uganda, so please contact us for a quote.

Payment Methods

The following are the modes of payment we accept, but please note that vehicles will not leave the UK until full payment has been received and cleared in our account.

* Bank Transfer (Most Convenient)
* Credit and Debit Cards
* Western Union® or Moneygram etc
* Cheques (issued by UK banks ONLY)

Uganda Import Rules and Duty Calculations

Below is a quick summary of the rules regarding the importation of vehicles into Uganda. It is intended to be a guide only, and you must always ensure that you check with your own local authorities for firm confirmation. For more information on the requirements and import regulations for cars into Uganda, see the Uganda Revenue Authority's car Importation guidelines, and our page How to Import - Uganda Car Duty / Tax Rules.


Importation of second hand motor vehicles - Duties and Taxes payable

Import duty at 25%, Excise duty at 20% and VAT at 16% are payable cumulatively and in that order. i.e,

* Import duty is 25% of the CuImportation of second hand motor vehicles - Duties and Taxes payable

Import duty at 25%, Excise duty at 20% and VAT at 16% are payable cumulatively and in that order. i.e,

* Import duty is 25% of the Customs value (CIF) of the vehicle i.e. 25% of (Invoice value + Insurance + Freight charges)

* Excise duty is 20% of (Customs Value + Import Duty)

* VAT is 16% of (Customs Value + Import Duty + Excise Duty)

* Further, an Import Declaration Fee (IDF) of 2.25% of the CIF is also charged subject to a minimum of Ksh. 5,000 payable in advance on application.

Clearance through Customs

To clear the vehicle through Uganda Customs, an importer will have to contract a licensed clearing agent to process their declaration in the Simba 2005 system.

The clearing agent will lodge an import entry in Simba 2005 system, pay the required duties and taxes and present all the relevant documentation for Customs to pass the entry.

* The documents required are: * Original Commercial Invoice. * Original Bill of Lading. * Import Declaration Form obtained from Customs. Authentic Original Logbook from country of origin.

KRA shall not accept a Certificate of Export issued by Dubai Police or any other authority as a substitute for a foreign log book.

If the logbook is in a foreign language, an English translation issued by the respective Embassy, High Commission or a consulate based here in Uganda, must be furnished to Customs to authenticate the foreign logbook.

* Cancellation of the foreign Logbook * Certificate of Inspection by Japan Auto Appraisal Institute (JAAI) * Any other document that may be required by Customs

Note: The vehicle must meet Uganda Bureau of Standards KS 1515:2000 – Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles.

The Standard spells out three major criteria for acceptance of vehicles of importation:

A. Age Limit

All road vehicles, which are more than fifteen years old from the year of manufacture, shall not be allowed for importation. Currently we are accepting cars manufactured in 2002 and after.

B. Left Hand Drive

All left hand drive vehicles are not allowed for registration unless they are for special purpose i.e. Ambulances, Fire Tenders and large construction vehicles imported for projects and to be eventually donated to the Ugandan Government.

C. Road Worthiness

All used vehicles imported into Uganda shall be inspected for Road Worthiness, safety and other requirements.

All imports of used motor vehicles including those belonging to returning residents, diplomats and or public servants must meet the above requirements.

Benefits accrued to returning residents when importing a motor vehicle

Returning resident: A person changing residence from a place outside Uganda to a place within Uganda where that person has been residing outside Uganda for a period of at least two years and has not resided in Uganda for a period(s) amounting in aggregate to ninety days or more within the two years immediately before this return to Uganda.

A returning resident may import one exempt motor vehicle "(excluding buses and minibuses of seating capacity of more than 13 passengers and load carrying capacity exceeding two tonnes)" Provided that:

i) the person has attained the age of eighteen years; and

ii) the vehicle was used by him outside Uganda for at least three hundred and sixty days (excluding the period of voyage in the case of shipment)

iii) the vehicle is owned and registered in his name and/or his spouse, and where the motor vehicle is purchased on hire purchase terms, the first instalment in respect thereof was paid and delivery taken at least three hundred and sixty days prior to importation.

Inspection of motor vehicles

All importers of used vehicles coming from the above mentioned countries including returning residents are required ensure that their vehicles are inspection by any of these companies and a certificate of roadworthiness issued before they are shipped.

Vehicles originating from countries other the above mentioned ones will be subject to local inspection at a fee provided that such vehicles are Right Hand Drive and not more than eight (8) years old from the year of first registration (the difference between this year and the year of manufacture should not be more than one year).

In addition to verifying the roadworthiness of vehicles in accordance with KS 1515:2000, the companies will also undertake verification of the odometer for tampering. Any discrepancies established between the regulatory/supporting documents e.g. export certificates, registration documents, de-registration documents, regulatory periodic inspection documents, auction sheets etc., and the actual odometer reading at the time of inspection, will constitute a failure and such vehicles will be issued with a Non- Conformity Report (NCR) in which case they shall not be allowed into Uganda.


Conformity assessment procedures shall be used to verify that used Motor Vehicles exported to Uganda are in compliance with the Uganda Standard before shipment from the supply country (Japan, Dubai, Singapore, United Kingdom and South Africa)

Critical parameters of KS 1515:2000 are:

* The Age Limit – This shall be less than 15 years from the year of first registration.

The difference between the date of manufacture and the date of first registration shall be not more than one year.

* The Drive – This shall be Right Hand Drive – (RHD).

* Road-worthiness. This shall be determined by compliance to requirements specified in the standard.

* Radioactive contamination inspection - To safeguard consumer safety it is imperative that all used vehicles imported from Japan and Dubai undergo an inspection to detect any radioactive contamination. Only vehicles whose level of contamination is within acceptable limits will be issued with a certificate of conformity.stoms value (CIF) of the vehicle i.e. 25% of (Invoice value + Insurance + Freight charges)

* Excise duty is 20% of (Customs Value + Import Duty)

* VAT is 16% of (Customs Value + Import Duty + Excise Duty)

* Further, an Import Declaration Fee (IDF) of 2.25% of the CIF is also charged subject to a minimum of Ksh. 5,000 payable in advance on application.
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