Kenya Tightens Requirements on Importation
In a bid to curb the rise of rogue importers, SGS has partnered with the Kenya Bureau of Standards to ensure that Kenyan consumers are protected from such importers and their practices, and substandard goods that consequently enter into the country.
Goods that are subject to Pre Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) must be accompanied by a CoC upon arrival at the port of entry. This follows Legal Notice number 78, published in Kenya Gazette Supplement Number 53 7(1) “Goods specified in accordance with paragraph 2 arriving at the port of entry without a certificate of conformity shall be subjected to destination inspection at fee of 15% of the Cost Insurance and Freight Value of the goods. (2) The importer of such goods shall, in addition to the fee imposed in paragraph (1) execute a security bond equivalent to the said fee.”
It is therefore a requirement to ensure that goods subject to PVoC are accompanied by a CoC upon arrival at the port of entry. Failure to which inspection fee of 15% of CIF will be charged to the importer. The 15% inspection fee is payable even when inspection and verification of goods was done at the country of origin.
Importers are therefore reminded that: for air shipments, cargo must not leave the country of origin if the Certificate of Conformity (CoC) is not ready. For sea freight, the Certificate of Conformity (CoC) must be ready before the consignment arrives at the port of destination.
For more information, please contact:
Governments & Institutions Services
SGS Kenya Limited
2F, Victoria Towers, Kilimanjaro Road
00200 City Square, Kenya
t: +254 20 2723644