The most recent data released by the Ugandan Motor Industry Association show that newly registered vehicles are down 13.4% year-on-year in the first five months of 2014. This has occurred despite an improving inflation and private consumption outlook, government commitment to improve 'productive infrastructure' and the development of Uganda's substantial oil reserves. BMI believes this is largely due to the supply shock effects stemming from the re-introduction of the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity. In light of this, we have downgraded our forecasts over the 2014-2018 period; most notably for the remainder of 2014.
The government's re-introduction of PVoC import restrictions was recently imposed in an effort to improve Uganda's ageing and poor-quality vehicle fleet. The re-introduction of the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity means that traders who fail to comply may lose their trading licence, have their shipments destroyed with the trader covering the costs, and/or risk being closed down.
Commercial vehicles (CVs), in particular pickups and station wagons, are dominating the small new vehicle market, accounting for 487 and 306 vehicles respectively in the first five months of 2013. Chinese CV manufacturer Foton has recently announced plans to build a plant in Uganda. Currently, the firm is awaiting approval from the Ugandan government to commence building the plant, which would produce 100 vehicles a day. It will produce trucks and minibuses in response to the country's growing demand for CVs. This trend is similar to that seen in other markets of the East African Community, where investment in vehicle production has been directed towards the CV segment as industries such as oil and gas develop.
Motorcycles, a cheap alternative to passenger cars, remain the vehicles of choice but have also been hit hard by the added PVoC rules. After a decline in 2014, BMI believes new and used motorcycle sales are expected to regain their composure and grow...
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