Enforcement of mandatory Kenya PVoC inspection

All Exporters are hereby informed that the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Co-operatives has issued a Legal Notice 127 to Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and other stakeholders stipulating that mandatory inspection of regulated product shipments under the Pre-Verification of Conformity programme should be performed by accredited PVoC partners in the Country of Supply before the shipments are dispatched to Kenya.

Therefore with immediate effect KEBS will no longer be performing Destination Inspections for regulated product shipments arriving in Kenya without PVoC certificates.

Shipments of regulated products arriving at Kenyan Ports and Borders without PVoC shipment certificates will be refused Kenyan Customs clearance and therefore would be required to be shipped to the Country of Supply or to the Port of a nearby country where PVoC certification of the shipment can be carried out by the concerned PVoC partner. The cost for shipping from Kenya to the Country of Supply or the port of a nearby country shall be borne by the Exporter/Importer.

The Pre-Verification of Conformity programme applies to regulated product shipments at the respective Country of Supply to ensure their compliance with the applicable Kenyan standards. The conformity assessment is carried out by PVoC partners in the Country of Supply. Intertek has been a KEBS approved PVoC partner since the inception of the PVoC programme in 2005.

If you have any questions on the Kenya PVoC, please contact your local Intertek Office.

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