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UNBS suspends importation of used clothes, shoes

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Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda has suspended the importation of second-hand clothes and shoes in what it says is a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement on Tuesday, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said “used footwear and used textiles that as a precautionary measure, the importation of these commodities has been suspended with immediate effect until further notice.”

It has been reported that COVID-19 can thrive on surfaces. It, however, remains unclear how long it can survive on clothing.

Uganda’s previous attempt to stop importation of used clothes and shoes attracted the ire of the United States with the country threatening to pull the plug on Uganda’s chance to export through African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), an arrangement where poor countries export to the US tax-free.

Since the suspension is tagged on COVID-19, it may not raise as much dust.

The biggest chunk of clothes and footwear used in Uganda is secondhand, imported mainly from China, the United States, and the United Kingdom.




  1. Hi there dear friends? we heard some Radio stations saying that old clothes from abroad were suspended by UNBS and the government of Uganda, now JINJA textiles were closed are they going to bring them back or no other alternative at all? during 80’s and 90’s the industries were working now what happened to make them books printing? Uganda is only a country that has no cloth industry in East Africa. what happened to industries? privatization or what? somewhere its good but where Ugandans will they buy clothes on cheaper price as we were buying them from abroad? its best to ban them,but is there any alternative that Will help Uganda citizens in a short time?

  2. we are still watching this…….
    cant the government nationalize cloth making industries and produce our clothes locally?

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