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Pre-export verification of conformity

  • PVoC Overview
  • Certification Routes
  • Fees Structure
  • Product List

PVoC is a conformity assessment programme based on Article 5 of WTO-TBT agreement, administered by Kenya Bureau of Standards on behalf of the Government, carried out by the appointed KEBS Verification partners on regulated goods in the country of supply. The overall objective is to minimize the risk of unsafe and substandard goods entering Kenyan market, thus ensuring health, safety and environmental protection for Kenyans.

Basis of conformity Assessment
To ensure equal national treatment, in line with WTO, all Conformity assessments shall be based on Kenyan technical regulations (i.e. Kenya Standard) where they exist. However, in the absence of Kenyan technical regulations, International Standard or technical regulations applicable in the country of supply shall apply

Appointed PVoC agents and their designated regions of responsibilities

  • The three (3) inspection companies (PVoC Agents) namely; Messrs Bureau Veritas, Intertek International and Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) have been contracted by KEBS to undertake PVoC activities in the new contract effective from 18th Jan. 2012.The new contract provides for more than one PVoC Agent per region thus providing a choice to the exporters/ importers.
  • KEBS has also signed an agreement with China Certification and Inspection Group under the framework of Technical corporation between China and Kenya Governments.
    Consequently, KEBS shall recognize conformity assessment activities and certificates issued by CCIC under the agreement for products originating from China.

How are goods accompanied by CoC handled at the port of entry(Kenya )?
PVoC programme is independent of and additional to any existing import processes such as destination inspection (DI). Goods accompanied by CoC will be subjected to surveillance inspection based on the pre-determined surveillance plan. However, KEBS will endeavor to release such goods without undue delays.
Any regulated goods arriving at the port of entry without a CoC will be subjected to DI at a fee equivalent to 15% of the CIF value of the same. The importer will be further required to execute a redeemable bond of a similar amount pending quality verification

Kenya liaison offices

To contact the PVOC agents using their Kenya liaison offices please use the contact information below:

BUREAU VERITAS - KENYA Office
First Floor, ABC Place,
Waiyaki Way- Westlands
NAIROBI
Phone: + 254 20 445 05 60/1/2/3/4
Fax: + 254 20 445 05 65
Email:conformity.kenya@ke.bureauveritas.com

CCIC - KENYA Office
Ain Guest House,
Off Argwings Kodhek road- Hurlinharm
NAIROBI
Phone: + 254 710 458752
Email:ccickenya@ccic.com

INTERTEK INTERNATIONAL LTD - KENYA OFFICE
House of Vanguard, 4th Floor,
Chiromo Road, Westlands,
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 4449132 / +254 20 8155274/5
Mobile: +254 736 715456 or +254 714900397
Fax: +254 (0)20 4449212
E-mail: info.kenyapvoc@intertek.com

SGS – KENYA OFFICE
2nd Floor - North Wing, Victoria Towers,
Kilimanjaro Road Upperhill,
P.O. Box 72118, 00200
Nairobi, Kenya
Inquires: info.pvoc.kenya@sgs.com
Tel: +254 20 272 7815 / 32 / 34
Mobile: +254 722 717771, + 254 733 777300
Fax: +254 20 273 3664

There are three PVoC certification routes namely;

 

1.

Route A: Under this Route, products to be shipped have to be both tested and physically inspected to demonstrate conformity to relevant standards. This route is open to all products being exported by either traders or manufacturers.

 

2.

Route B: This route offers a fast track certification process for goods with reasonable and consistent levels of quality through registration of such products by the PVoC Agent. Product registration is recommended to Exporters having frequent shipments of homogenous products. The registration is valid for a period of one year. Shipments of registered products are exempted from mandatory testing and certification may be based on physical inspection only. However, random testing of registered product is still required to ensure product conformity throughout the registration period. The following products are however not eligible for registration under Route B (i.e. are subject to certification under Route A only);

  1. Sugar
  2. Cereals and pulses such as Rice, wheat, beans, Maize etc
  3. Fertilizer
  4. Animal and Fishery products (fresh and frozen- not further processed)
    Dairy Products
  5. Fresh horticultural products
  6. Used or second hand goods.
3. Route C: This route is open only to manufacturers who can demonstrate existence of a quality management system in their production/ manufacturing process. It involves auditing of such production processes and licensing of products manufactured thereof by authorized PVoC Agent(s) in line with ISO Guide 28: 2004. On successful conclusion of this process, the manufacturer will be presented with a License for the relevant products valid for a period of one (1) year. Licensed products shall be subject to random physical inspection by authorized PVoC Agent(s) prior issuance of Certificate of Conformity and subsequent shipping of the same. However the PVoC Agent(s) shall carry out limited testing during the license valid period.
   

The PVoC Agent(s) will review the Request for Certification (RFC) received from the exporter before determining the most appropriate certification route and the applicable standard to be used in the certification process.

NOTE: Labeling and self life requirements
All labeling of packaging of imports shall include English and / or Swahili. Packaged goods (e.g. foodstuffs, chemicals, cosmetics, and similar) shall indicate the batch numbers and dates of expiration and/or date of production. All imports with a limited shelf life shall have more than seventy five per cent (75%) shelf life from the date of expected arrival in Kenya.

 

A)

PHYSICAL INSPECTION AND DOCUMENTARY REVIEW

 

i.

Route A: Ad Valorem fee of 0.500% of the FOB Value of the goods.

 

ii.

Route B: Ad Valorem fee of 0.450% of the FOB Value of the goods.

 

iii.

Route C: Ad Valorem fee of 0.275% of the FOB Value of the goods.

 

The above fees are subject to a minimum of USD 220, for routes A and B and C. The maximum fee is USD 2375.

B)

PRODUCT REGISTRATION FEE (ROUTE B):

 

USD 375 for the first 15 products/ line items. Every additional product/ line item above 15 products/ items is charged an additional USD 20.

C)

MANUFACTURING LICENSING (ROUTE C):

 

To be determine by PVoC Agents on case by case basis.

D)

SAMPLING AND TESTING:

 

To be determine by PVoC Agents on case by case basis in all the routes.

Untitled Document
List of products subject to PVOC Requirement Search record
HSCode Product Description Code Code Description
0201.10.00 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled. - Carcasses and half-carcasses 1 Food and Related Products
0201.20.00 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled. - Other cuts with bone in 1 Food and Related Products
0201.30.00 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled. - Boneless 2 Food and Related Products
0202.10.00 Meat of bovine animals, frozen. - Carcasses and half-carcasses 1 Food and Related Products
0202.20.00 Meat of bovine animals, frozen. - Other cuts with bone in 1 Food and Related Products
0202.30.00 Meat of bovine animals, frozen. - Boneless 1 Food and Related Products
0203.11.00 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen. -- Carcasses and half-carcasses 1 Food and Related Products
0203.12.00 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen. -- Hams, shoulders and cuts thereof, with bone in 1 Food and Related Products
0203.19.00 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen. --Fresh or Chilled; Other 1 Food and Related Products
0203.21.00 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen. --Frozen; Carcasses and half-carcasses 1 Food and Related Products
0203.22.00 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen. -- Frozen; Hams, shoulders and cuts thereof, with bone in 1 Food and Related Products
0203.29.00 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen. -- Frozen; Other 1 Food and Related Products
0204.10.00 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen. - Carcasses and half-carcasses of lamb, fresh or chilled 1 Food and Related Products
0204.21.00 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen. -- Carcasses and half-carcasses 1 Food and Related Products
0204.22.00 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen. -- Other cuts with bone in 1 Food and Related Products
0204.23.00 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen. -- Boneless 1 Food and Related Products
0204.30.00 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen. - Carcasses and half-carcasses of lamb, frozen 1 Food and Related Products
0204.41.00 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen. -- Carcasses and half-carcasses 1 Food and Related Products
0204.42.00 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen. -- Other cuts with bone in 1 Food and Related Products
0204.43.00 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen. -- Boneless 1 Food and Related Products
0204.50.00 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen. - Meat of goats 1 Food and Related Products
0205.00.00 Meat of horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen. Meat of horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen. 1 Food and Related Products
0206.10.00 Edible offal of bovine animals,swine,sheep, goats,horses,asses, mules or hinnies,fresh chilled or frozen. - Of bovine animals, fresh or chilled 1 Food and Related Products
0206.21.00 Edible offal of bovine animals,swine,sheep, goats,horses,asses, mules or hinnies,fresh chilled or frozen. -- Tongues 1 Food and Related Products
0206.22.00 Edible offal of bovine animals,swine,sheep, goats,horses,asses, mules or hinnies,fresh chilled or frozen. -- Livers 1 Food and Related Products
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Total number of products: 2253

Whereas KEBS will endeavor to ensure that the product list is continually updated to keep it abreast of any changes in HS code classification for products, the HS codes given in this list are given as a guideline and where there is a discrepancy between the HS code and the description of the product, the substantive description will be used in determining whether or not a specific product is covered under the PVoC program.

It is therefore advised that downloaded product list may not be current and members of the public are advised to constantly check on here for the most up to date information on the PVOC program.

PVOC PRODUCT LIST DOWNLOADS

<< Click Here To Download The PVOC Product List >> effective 24th August. 2012

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS TO THE PRODUCT LIST

HS Code Description Category Code Category
2106.90.92 Mineral premix used in fortification 01 Food and Related Products
2106.90.99 Food preparations not elsewhere specified or included except Odoriferous substances used as raw material which fall under this tariff code are excluded 01 Food and Related Products
6813.20.00 Friction materials and articles thereof (e.g. - sheets, rolls, strips, segments, discs, washers, pads), for brakes, clutches or the like - containing asbestos 05 Mechanical and Electrical Products
6813.81.00 Brake pads and linings not containing asbestos 05 Mechanical and Electrical Products
6813.89.10 Friction materials not containing asbestos 05 Mechanical and Electrical Products
9018.32.00 Tubular metal needles and needles for sutures 05 Mechanical and Electrical Products
8502.12.00 Generators -of an output exceeding 75 kVA but not exceeding 375 kVA 05 Mechanical and Electrical Products
8517.62.00 Machines for the reception, conversion and transmission or regeneration of voice, images or other data, including switching and routing apparatus 05 Mechanical and Electrical Products
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