KEBS Announces Changes in Inspection of Imported Goods


The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has issued changes to the way in which inspections of imported goods without a compliance certificate will be conducted.

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Among the affected products are sugar, cereals, legumes, fertilizers, animal and fisheries products, fresh dairy products, new horticultural products, and second-hand or second-hand products.

In a statement on Tuesday, April 27, KEBS informs all importers and the general public that KEBs have secured a Syokimau ICT contract with Shed and Mitchel Cotts PSF in Nairobi where KEBS will inspect and verify unchecked products that will arrive at the port of entry without a certificate of compliance. .

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“Importers who intend to use the above equipment are required to designate cargo for the preferred facility, through the Landing and Processing Bill,” the regulatory agency noted.

Typically, products must be inspected in their country of origin under the PVOC, which is a compliance assessment program applicable to goods in the exporting country, to ensure compliance. Kenyan Craftsmanship Appropriate Regulations and Standards or Approved Standards.

The PVOC program was launched on September 29, 2005, by KEBS, through the publication of Notice Manifesto No. 78 of July 2005 by the Minister of Trade and Industry.

The program is run by authorized third-party auditing companies on behalf of KEBS. The world is divided into 19 regions according to the proximity and volume of trade.

In addition, this program provides multiple partners in multiple locations to increase efficiency. The basis for certification is Kenyan standards or approved standards.

The initiative is designed to provide maximum flexibility for exporters and importers by providing four (4) possible ways to obtain CoC / CoI.

The method used depends on the frequency of transport of the sellers to Kenya and the level of compliance with which they can demonstrate the plan when applying for confirmation.

According to guidelines issued by KEBS, importers must ensure that their suppliers are aware of the import quality requirements specified in the relevant Kenyan standards, approved authorizations, and other applicable regulations and that their shipments are accompanied by a Certificate of Compliance (CoC), Certificate of Inspection ( CoI) or Roadworthiness Certificate (CoR) Certificate from designated PVoC Partners.

The regulatory agency is mandated to ensure that only quality products enter the country as stipulated in the Standards Act Chapter 496, Kenyan Laws and Standards (Verification of Compliance and Other Applicable Regulations), 2020, thereby protecting consumers health and safety as well as environment as well as promoting fair trade practices.

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