How to Calculate Uganda Revenue Authority Car Taxes 

Last Updated on 11月 26, 2021 by Carusedjp

If the best things in life are free, the second best are used Japanese cars. Popular for top quality vehicle models and makes, Japan houses the largest selection of pre-used cars that are A-grade in terms of quality and performance. Because of its cost-efficiency, more people in Uganda choose to purchase a used Japanese car over buying a brand new vehicle.

However, along with the upfront cost of the vehicle are additional fees and charges associated with importing a used car from Japan. It is critical that you calculate the tax of the vehicle you are planning to purchase so you won’t be surprised by the import fees. This way, you can make an educated decision as you choose among different car models and makes available in the market.

In Uganda, an imported car’s tax is computed based on several factors. If you are not sure how to start calculating a used vehicle’s overall tax, you can use our calculator below. All you need to do is provide all the details on the box, and your total tax will pop out. Easy and convenient to use, our calculator will help you analyze the total expenditures of the vehicle before you make a purchase.



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Calculating Uganda Revenue Authority Car Taxes

Thanks to our plug in, you can easily compute taxes before you import a used car in Uganda. But if you want to learn more about how the taxes are manually computed, you can turn to our comprehensive guide.

Defining Terms

To make the learning process simpler, let’s first define some of the terms you’ll encounter as you review the calculations.

  • FOB: A term that means “Free on Board,” FOB is the actual price of the vehicle. It excludes any additional costs like insurance, shipping, inspection fees and the likes.
  • CIF: CIF is an abbreviation that stands for cost, insurance and freight. It is the sum of the FOB added to shipment, insurance, inspection and other shipping-related costs. If you are importing vehicles to Uganda, the nearest ports are located in Mombasa, Kenya; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Malaba, Kenya; and Kampala, Uganda. The taxes and freight costs vary depending on your pre-selected port of delivery.
  • URA: URA is an abbreviation for Uganda Revenue Authority.
  • TT: TT stands for Telegraphic Transfer.

How to Calculate Uganda Revenue Authority Car Taxes: A Step-by-Step Guide

Disclaimer: The values displayed on this section do not represent the value of the vehicle you wish to purchase. To compute the total amount for the importation of your chosen vehicle, you can either use our plug-in or manually perform your own calculations.

1. Firstly, select the car model and make.  

To begin the computation, choose a vehicle model and make. It is important to note that most dealers and auction houses display the FOB. Hence, you need to add the FOB to other additional costs like taxes, insurance and shipping fees to get the total value of the vehicle.

2. Collect data on the vehicle.

As aforementioned, In Uganda, different factors contribute to the total cost of the imported vehicle. The year of the manufacture, for instance, affects the tax rate levied on the vehicle. Since tax is computed based on the vehicle’s total value, newer cars are typically associated with higher taxes. Older ones, on the other hand, have lower taxes since they are lower in value.

Nonetheless, although older cars have lower taxes, importers may have to pay an Environmental Levy. An Environmental Levy is applicable to all vehicles over 5 years from their manufacture date. Other data you need to collect include the following:

  • Vehicle model and make
  • Year of manufacture
  • Model code
  • Engine capacity
  • Chassis number
  • Fuel type

3. Select Your Port of Delivery 

Then, select a port of delivery. Since you’re purchasing a used vehicle from Uganda, the ports of delivery you can choose from are located in Mombasa, Kenya; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Malaba, Kenya; and Kampala, Uganda. Note that all international cars scheduled to be imported to Uganda should undergo a pre-inspection. Otherwise, you’d be charged with heavy penalties.

If, for instance, you selected Mombasa as a port of delivery and the CIF is 6,500 USD, this amount will appear in the invoice prepared by your car dealer or car auction house.

Since the CIF is expressed in US dollars (USD), it is converted to Uganda Shillings (Ug Shs). Hence, the total amount you need to pay is highly dependent on the current dollar-shilling conversion rate. Conversion rates vary depending on the bank’s prevailing rate.

Let’s get back to our example earlier and make an approximation. If 1 USD is equivalent to 3,600 Ug Shs, you have to multiply 6,500 by 3,600, which will result to 23,400,000 Ug Shs. This represents the TT you need to pay to your Japan-based car dealer.

When sending money, you can use your personal bank account. Since banks also charge clients for international clients, you also have to confirm the total bank and remittance charges you need to settle. Also, all importers are advised to pay in US dollars rather than in Japanese Yen or Uganda Shilling.

4. Let’s Do the Math 

You can calculate the total import taxes by entering it on the URA tax calculator. URA released a full list that displays the car specifications of different car models and makes, along with their CIF value. The list was created to standardize tax rates and avoid circumstances where people get invoices that are under the value of the vehicle they wish to purchase. You can view the list by visiting this link.

Once you find the CIF value of the vehicle, you just have to enter it to URA’s tax calculator to get an assessment of the total tax value of the vehicle.

NOTE: The URA has its own prevailing dollar-shilling exchange rate. The main purpose of the URA calculator is to offer you a tax assessment for USED vehicle models and makes. The value may change depending on factors that include the CIF, tax rates and current exchange rates. Before processing your payment, you must first acquire an import declaration, which is released by your clearing agent.

5. Lastly, add in other import-related expenditures

To calculate the total cost, identify other import-related expenditures such as the registration number plate and the clearing charges.

Let’s again go back to our example earlier and assume that the tax rate from URA totaled to 15,000,000, the registration number plate is 140,000 and the clearing charges is 250,000.

The breakdown of the computation is as follows:

CIF = 23,400,000 Ug Shs

Total Taxes: 15,000,000

Registration number plate = 140,000

Clearing charges = 250,000


Sum: 38,790,000 

Based on the breakdown, the total amount of the vehicle on our example is 38,790,000. Again, this is just an example, and it does not represent the value of the vehicle you wish to import from Japan.

By using a proactive approach in computing your total expenditures, you can plan ahead and decide whether the vehicle is within your budget range. This way, you would be able to avoid unpleasant surprises as you import a used car to your country.

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63 thoughts on “How to Calculate Uganda Revenue Authority Car Taxes ”

  1. Thank you for that information,Do you think importing a car by myself from Japan and buying them from Kampala from car dealers ,which one option is relatively cheaper I also want to know more on how they calculate the taxes

    • for me i think its better you import it by your own because the company also adds on some money like our previous example of 38,790,000 sum an importing company can add on lets say 200,000,000 making it 238,790,000 for its profit as a company

      • I agree, as your local dealers also get their stocks from another dealer, that means profit has already been added twice. wherein if you import it yourself, the price would be much more less

  2. You have elaborately explained the tax calculation procedure then at the end you give no details to enable me do that. for example your vehicle valuation parameters etc in fact you have further mystified the procedure by not being forthright with the actual issues ie percentages, etc

  3. Thanks a lot for that elaboration but you did not disclose how you arrive to those taxes. What i mean the percentages you charge on used cars, the example just applied 1500000/ with no explanation how it came about, however we appreciate.

  4. Well your information is understood but you have not mentioned some thing about the process of transportation,and other cost that an importer is likely to meet from the port to the destination like Kampala.

    • Thank you for your message.
      This article is focusing on the taxes – for more information, you can contact our Sales Team.

  5. yes i appreciate the info has been such useful but i would like to know if importing my car personally is cheaper than buying from these dealers in uganda

    • Yes Sir – It is cheaper if you buy directly from our website.
      If you dont mind, our Sales Team will contact you very soon.

  6. URA management,
    i would like to import a PRIMIO VEHICLE, 2007 yr of manufucture and CIF at 2400 us dollars
    to Mombasa port. what would be my likely taxes if i imported today?

  7. URA, I want to import a car model; • 2013 TOYOTA VITZ DBA-KSP130 BG012101
    Please may I know the tax obligation for this particular car?


    • Thank you for your Comment, to determine the “estimated” tax and duty fees, please use the calculator provided in this page.

    • Thank you for your Reply. To answer your question, i would say buying from Japan since you will be directly buying from the source of the vehicle. If you need more information about this, please send us a reply and we would gladly explain it to you in detail. Have a great day!

  8. Thnks for the good and full detailed information but for now i think the URA tax calculator has been disabled.
    When visit the URA site today n click of tax calculator i says it has been disabled and its what i hav been always using .
    Is they any other tax calculator i can i use for now pliz ?

    • Thank you for your reply! We have created an “estimation” calculator on this page. Just click on the “use the calculator” button above. Have a great day!

    • Thank you for your reply! You can try and calculate the costs using our calculator on this page. Just click on the “use the calculator” button!

  9. Dear Car Used JP,
    Thank you very much for the elaborate discussion. Quiet very enlightening. Apart from Environmental Levy tax, which other tax does URA charge ? Kindly pls state their respective percentages.

    Thank you.

  10. Hi I want to import a ford focus titanium diesel 1.6 model 2015 @ £5000 Please may I know the tax obligation for this particular car?

  11. hey
    thanks for the information but my query is

    how can someone manually compute the taxes Ura website, these days does not provide the tax calc

    thank you

    • Thank you for your comment, you can use the calculator on this post to calculate for the tax, however this calculator is based of on our market knowledge and is merely an estimate. Thank you

  12. Very helpful information, i would like to know wat would be the cost for importation of a Subaru Legacy new model, saloon in shape and 2009 model


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