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Uganda: Coffee, Broadcasting Equipment, Cars Top Uganda's ExportsMonday, September 14, 2015 > 12:18:10
(All Africa By Urn)
Cars and broadcasting equipment constitute part of Uganda's top five imports as well as exports, according to information obtained from Uganda Investments Authority (UIA).
Hope Waira, UIA's senior investment executive says while coffee is the leading export commodity at 27 percent, broadcasting equipment follows in second position at 5.4 percent, refined petroleum at 5.1 percent, and cement at 4.1 percent and cars at 3.5 percent.
Of the top five exports, three of them - broadcasting equipment, refined petroleum and cars are not manufactured in Uganda. They are imported into the country before they are re-exported to countries in the region.
Waira says the major destinations for Uganda's exports are South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Tanzania. Statistics on how much revenue is generated from the imports and exports of broadcasting equipment and cars is not readily available.
On the import side, the top five are refined petroleum at 21 percent, medicines at 3.8 percent, palm oil at 3.5 percent, cars at 3.5 percent and broadcasting equipment at 3.1 percent. John Onen, a Car dealer in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo says although he has no figures, it is likely that cars could be one of the top exports.
According to Onen, many big car importers actually resell them particularly in South Sudan and the DRC where there are no restrictions on their manufacturing date unlike in Kenya and Rwanda.
Uganda has about 300 licensed and operational radio stations as well as about 70 television stations. Radio equipment are quite expensive and all are shipped from abroad, mainly Europe and China.