Uganda has met all the required standards and is now ready to export coffee to Sudan, an official said.
The second largest consumer of Ugandan coffee gave the East African country a two-year grace period to comply with its new import pre-shipment regulations in 2015.
The director of quality and regulatory services at the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) Edmund Kananura Kyerere told a delegation of the Sudan Standards Metrology Organisation (SSMO) in Kampala that “Uganda has met all the new requirements by ahead of the June 2018 deadline.”
“Since our meeting earlier this year, a lot of changes have been done in order to comply with the Sudan new standards and we are ready,” Kyerere informed the delegation.
SSMO in Kampala for a one week tour to check all the coffee supply chain from the farmers, standards officials, UCDA and all stakeholders in the sub-sector .
“We want to protect the consumers of coffee in our country. Get to know the challenges when exporting. Doing this, we are not creating barrier to trade but instead want to facilitate the smooth flow of trade between the two countries,” deputy director general Zakaria Suliman Salih said.
On average, Uganda exports more than 0.92m bags of coffee annually to Sudan, making it the leading importer of the country’s coffee in Africa and second importer in the world for the last 15 years.
Coffee exports stand at 4.6 million kilogramme bags as of September this year according to records from UCDA. Of this, 20 per cent (920,000) (60) kilogramme bags are exported to Sudan.
Uganda is Africa’s second largest coffee producer after Ethiopia and leading exporter in Africa. Records from UCDA show that the country registered a 38 per cent increase in export volume and 66 per cent in value earned.