Uganda has imported over 54 million litres of fuel in the last 10 days, Business Focus exclusively reports.
This was revealed by Dicksons Kateshumbwa, the Commissioner Customs Department at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) while responding to media reports that hundreds of fuel trucks were stuck at Busia border as a result of the breakdown of URA’s online verification system.
“There is no system breakdown at the border, there is no jam of trucks pending clearance at the [Busia] border,” Kateshumbwa said in an exclusive interview.
He added: “Over the last 10 days 54,317,923 litres of fuel have been imported into the country. That is, 23,851,531 litres of PMS (Premium Motor Spirit), 28,466,392 litres AGO (Automotive Gas Oil), 4,898,080 litres of JET A1 which is approximately 918 trucks for AGO and approximately 681 trucks for PMS. Over the last 10 days, an average of 140 – 230 trucks were cleared daily due to the rush to clear fuel before elections.”
He revealed that Uganda’s average fuel consumption is 4-5 Million litres a day.
“This implies that we have PMS stock for approximately 13 days and AGO for about 9 days,” he said, adding: “There is no need for panic.”
It is important to note that whenever Kenya goes to the polls, Uganda normally experiences trade interruptions. In 2007, Uganda was hit with fuel shortage as transportation became almost impossible through Kenya due to violence that broke out after elections.