According to Uganda’s Commissioner for External Trade, the country lacks the capacity to certify natural organic products urging all exporters of natural organic products to bear with the high certification costs charged by European certifying bodies.
Silver Ojakol, who was speaking during the 3rd Annual Exporters Conference under the theme of Export Promotion, a key for industrialization and job creation added that, unless the government institutes the Export Development Fund, they have little or nothing they can do to help regarding the high certification fees charged.
“Regarding the high certification fees charged by the European market to certify natural organic products, we have no intervention we can make. The option will be the Export Development Fund which we are still working on.”
Ojakol was responding to an exporter who complained that for many years, he has failed to export his Avocado to the Netherlands because he has failed to pay $20,000 required in Europe as certification fees for organic products and another $20,000 needed as fair trade.