UCC: What you need to apply for a postal and courier license in Uganda
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has released a list of requirements a company must have in order to apply for and acquire a postal and courier license in Uganda.
This comes after the Commission recently released another list showing 26 postal and courier operators that were operating illegally in the country, warning the public against them.
The list also showed that only seventeen firms were operating legally.
A postal service is the conveyance of postal articles in consideration of a payment made by or on behalf of the person for or to whom it is conveyed, according to UCC.
This includes the acceptance, collection, clearance, sorting, transportation, delivery and other related ancillary functions of conveying an article.
UCC says that a “postal article” means an addressed article weighing up to 30kgs which is deposited to the postal service provider in the final form in which it shall be transported by the postal services provider.
Examples include letters, postcard, printed material (newspaper, magazine book, pamphlet, document, etc.) and packages (sample packet, small packet, parcel, and packages)
Section 33(1) of the Uganda Communications Act of 2013 stipulates that “a person shall not convey, deliver or distribute postal articles without a license issued under this Act.”
Below are the requirements you must have in order to obtain a postal and courier license in Uganda.
1. Letter of application on a company letterhead
2. Type of License Applied for (Indicate)
– Intercity (Town to Town)
3. Payment of the prescribed non-refundable application fee (Application processing fee USD 190)
4. Nature & structure of the applicant (a subsidiary, associated companies, joint ventures, etc)
5. Certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation of the company in Uganda
6. Certified copy of the Certificate of registration (if not incorporated in Uganda)
7. Details of directors and shareholders of the company and their respective shareholding at the date of Application
8. ID/Passport copies of Directors and Shareholders
9. Certified copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association
10. Certified copy of VAT Certificate of Compliance
11. Business plan to include;
– Location – Applicant’s physical address of Head Office.
– Operations – Physical location of the Applicant’s operations hub
– Coverage – Number of outlets upon commencement of operations
– Roll out Plan – Service points and roll-out plan
– Products/services – Specification of services/products to be provided
– Logistics – Mode of service delivery and size of fleet
– Security – Measures to ensure the safety of employees, customers & postal articles
– Staff capacity – Number of staff available for operations
– Customer Service Policy – Complaints handling procedures
12. To obtain a postal and courier licnese, you need to define your business objectives, indicating:
Economic, market & financial analysis (with proposed initial prices & cash flow statement),
Evidence of capital (bank deposits, credit facilities and audited accounts)
Photocopy of company insurance policy
License Fees upon application is cleared
Domestic (City to city) USD 400
Domestic (National) Courier License fee USD 1,000
Regional Courier License fee USD 2,500
International Courier License fee USD 5,000