Kenya PVoC - Exporter and Importer Responsibilities

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.

Responsibilities of:

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

  • No registration
  • Testing and Inspection
  • Issuance of CoC

Route B - Frequent Exporters

  • Product registration
  • Inspection and random testing
  • Issuance of CoC

Route C - Frequent Exporters and High Volume Manufacturers

  • Product licensing
  • Licence review and random testing
  • Issuance of CoC
  • Intertek can provide a tailor-made service that meets your particular needs, including:
  • Submission of assessment requests online
  • Automated e-mails for status of certificates
  • Flexible certificate delivery solutions for high volume users

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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