EMPHASIS ON STANDARDS: UNBS Executive Director Dr. Ben Manyindo

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has destroyed substandard goods worth fifty million shillings at the Mbale Municipal Composing Site Doko along Mbale-Pallisa road.

Innocent Namara, the UNBS senior inspector says the destroyed products imported from China and Dubai were seized by the import inspection department for failure to meet minimum standards.

About 90% of the goods were electrical products including extension cables, solar panels, primary batteries, percolators, sockets, compact fluorescent lamps, tiles and blenders. Others were cement and motorcycle helmets.

According to Namara, cooperation between UNBS and URA has helped in ensuring that substandard goods are not released from the customs areas before they are destroyed or re-exported.

To assure Ugandan consumers of the safety and quality of the imported goods they buy, and to protect Ugandan manufacturers from unfair competition, the UNBS, has implemented guidelines called the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards Programme for exports to Uganda.