All consolidators for both air and sea cargo are now required to register with Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to have their goods inspected under a new procedure created by the Kenya Bureau of Standards and Kenya Revenue Authority.
The new procedure targets cargo containing a wide range of products or merchandise. The cargo generally in small quantities or parcels belongs to several consignees.
According to KEBS the importers pool or assemble together parcels to form one consignment which may be declared as belonging to one importer at the port of destination or de-consolidated back into the original individual consignments for delivery to the respective cargo owners upon arrival at destination port.
“All consolidators for both air and sea cargo are required to register with KEBS to have their goods inspected under this Route,” said KEBS MD Charles Ongwae.
Application for registration should be received not later than 20th April, 2018.
According to the new procedure, all consolidated cargo must be inspected in the country of supply by the KEBS appointed inspection agents and issued with a Certificate of Inspection (CoI) before shipment to Kenya.
With a goal to enhance quality of goods imported into the country, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), has contracted five agencies to inspect on its behalf goods destined to Kenya from across the globe under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme.
Under the PVoC program, all imported goods must be inspected by Intertek International Ltd, China Certification and Inspection (Group) Inspection Co. Ltd (CCIC), Bureau Veritas (BV) and Socie’te’ Ge’ne’rale de Surveillance SA (SGS) at the point of origin before they are imported to the country. This is aimed at ensuring all the goods imported to the country have met all the Kenya’s standards or approved specifications.
Having been in operation since its launch in 2005, the PVoC program has developed into a critical cog in Kenya’s international import trade with an average compliance rate of 96% (for goods imported in the current financial year from July – December 2017). The compliance has improved from 86.7% in 2016 to 96% in 2017.
This means that the goods imported in Kenya with certificates of conformity (CoC) have a compliance rate of 96% to Kenya Standards and/or specifications.
The PVoC program is thus instrumental in mitigating entry of sub-standard and counterfeit goods in Kenya.