Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA) is a Statutory Body established by the Free Zones Act, 2014, for the purpose of creating opportunities for export-oriented investment and job creation. Our mandate is to develop, manage, market, maintain, supervise and control Free Zones.
Free Zones are designated geographic areas where goods introduced area are generally regarded, so far as customs duties are concerned, as being outside the Customs territory.
In these geographic areas, raw materials and goods may be landed, handled, manufactured or reconfigured for export without being subject to duties.
The overall objective for adoption of Free Zones schemes in the country is to create an enabling environment aimed at enhancing economic growth and development of export oriented manufacturing in priority sectors of the economy. The Authority provides all the necessary support in the promotion and facilitation of export-oriented investments.
UFZA ensures that the areas to be considered as Free Zones are gazetted and developed. It regulates the framework of how Free Zones operate and addresses infrastructural and institutional constraints to enable efficient export-led production.
Policy, Licensing and Regulations
- Draft and implement policies and actions relating to Free Zones;
- Advise on policy matters that relate to the Free Zones;
- Assume regulatory functions;
- Issue Free Zone Developer licenses; and
- Enforce compliance with requirements for preventing the unauthorised use of Free Zones and business enterprises in the Free Zones.
Investment Promotion and Advocacy
- Promote and facilitate export oriented enterprises;
- Mobilise resources for developing Free Zones;
- Formulate marketing strategies; and
- Generate public awareness about Free Zones in Uganda.
Operations, Investor Support and Infrastructure Development
- Identify and map areas to be declared as Free Zones;
- Provide, construct, develop, alter, adapt, maintain and administer Free Zones;
- Design and propose to Government schemes and incentives and how the schemes and incentives should be administered; and
- Approve the development and site plans in Free Zones in accordance with the Physical Planning Act, 2010.