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KEBS introduces new secure ISM quality mark

KEBS has developed and is set to implement new secure Quality Marks/ stickers complete with Track and Trace software aimed at safeguarding Kenyans from unscrupulous dealers who have been 'faking' KEBS marks of quality, especially the Import Standardization Mark which KEBS issues to importers once their goods have been inspected.

All importers and clearing agents must now have the new Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) secure Import Standardization Mark (ISM) stickers for their goods to be allowed into the country. The new directive was effective from 1st August 2015.

KEBS has organised and held meetings with importers and clearing agents to brief them on the new developments to ensure minimum disruptions to businesses.

The new system’s objective, is to curtail rampant faking of KEBS Quality Marks and also provide a platform, through which KEBS will carry out real-time field verification and inspection of goods bearing KEBS Quality Certification Marks as explained by KEBS’ Managing Director, Charles Ongwae.

Kenya imports mostly machinery and transportation equipment, petroleum products, motor vehicles, iron and steel, resins, and plastics and this new Import Standardization mark shall create confidence among consumers and add business value to importers.

To apply for the new Import Standardization Marks, Importers and clearing agents are required to submit copies of; Certificate of Conformity, Import Declaration Form and Customs Entry Form to the Bureau

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