Exporters and importers are responsible for ensuring that their products and shipments fully comply with the Kenya PVoC (Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme) and obtain the mandatory PVoC certificate of conformity.
Importers in Kenya
Ensure their suppliers understand the import quality requirements and that their consignments are accompanied by a Kenya PVoC Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from an authorised PVoC Agent such as Intertek.
Exporters to Kenya
Ensure their products or goods meet the regulations and quality requirements of the Kenya PVoC before shipment by obtaining the necessary Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from an authorised PVoC Agent for all products subject to the PVoC programme.
KEBS: Ensures that only quality goods gain entry into the country, as specified by the Standards Act Cap 496, Laws of Kenya and the Quality Imports Order No.78 July 2005, thereby offering the necessary protection to Kenya's consumers in safety, health and environmental matters.
Routes of Certification
Route A - Occasional Exports
Route B - Frequent Exporters
Route C - Frequent Exporters and High Volume Manufacturers
Additional Information for Exporters of Wood Packaging Material
The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) have announced that all shipment packaging material made up of wood and wooden packaging material such as planks, crates that is imported into Kenya shall be adequately treated and marked in line with the International Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measure (ISPM) No. 15 requirements. Failure to do so may result in shipments facing delays at Kenyan Customs.
A copy of the KEPHIS memo issued to all Kenyan Importers is available within the Resources section on the right of this page.
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