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PVOC is Pre-export verification of conformity to standards. It is a conformity assessment procedure applied at the country of supply/origin to ensure compliance of imported products with applicable Kenya Standards, approved specifications or applicable regulations. Goods meeting the requirements of the relevant Kenya Standards or approved specifications will be issued with Certificates of Conformity (CoCs) as proof of compliance by KEBS appointed inspection agents.

The list of goods that are required to undergo inspection in the country of supply has been expanded to cover all imported goods.

KEBS have standards for many of the goods that are locally manufactured or imported. However, products not having Kenya Standards will be inspected against the relevant international standards or standards applicable in the country of origin.

The Coc shall serve as one of the reference documents in Customs declaration in terms of quality, quantity and value of imported goods. Importers shall be under obligation to comply with the import requirements including furnishing original invoices for goods.

The goods that arrive without CoCs will be prohibited from entering the country

Samples of consignments accompanied with CoC may be drawn as necessary for monitoring purposes.

Pre clearance of goods accompanied with a CoC will be given except where there are reasons to doubt the integrity of the procedure followed with respect to the specific cases or consignment has been targeted for random sampling.

Inspection requirement is for all imports whose shipment date is on or later than 1st of December 2015

Goods manufactured in the EAC member states are accepted based on the certification carried out by the respective National Standards Body in the country of origin as provided for under EAC SQMT Act.

All goods shipped before the 1st December 2015 will be cleared under the previous arrangement

Primary inputs imported by registered manufacturers to be released under a green channel (i.e. No CoC required) subject to proof that the materials are direct inputs to the manufacturing process and the finished products made out of the said raw materials are certified by KEBS.

CKD for vehicles imported by registered manufacturers to be released under a green channel (i.e. No CoC required).

Manufacturing plants and industrial spares for own use imported by registered manufacturers to be released under a green channel (i.e. No CoC required).

Yes, petroleum products will be subjected to inspection under the PVOC program.

Diamond Mark Certification serves the same objectives as the PVOC program. Goods certified under the Diamond mark will therefore be cleared on the basis of a valid Diamond Mark Permit.

Yes, these goods will be subjected to inspection under the PVoC program.

There is no minimum values threshold for PVoC .

No, as in number 17 above, there is no minimum values threshold for PVOC. However, courier shipments through JKIA which are currently cleared under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between KEBS and Courier Industry Association of Kenya (CIAK) shall continue to be cleared as specified in the MoU.

Yes ISM is mandatory for all imported products that are intended for sale in Kenya.

No. AEOs are not exempted from PVoC but will be accorded expedited clearance by KRA under the Green Channel.

The different marks serve different purposes. The feasibility of the proposal will be studied by the two organizations.

Yes. PVoC is required for all goods including consolidated cargo.

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