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The Plant Import Permit (PIP) is issued by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) allowing the import of plant and plant materials into Kenya. It ascertains that the consignment has met the requirements outlined on the permit as per the type of species. The PIP is valid for six months from the date of issue.
An import health certificate is required for the import of all commodities that are for human consumption. Issuance of the certificate is regulated by Port Health Services and is required for each consignment.
The Import Standardization Mark (ISM) is a mandatory requirement for all imported products intended for sale in the local market. The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) is the competent authority that regulates issuance of the ISM stickers. Traders are advised to apply for the ISM sticker once the goods have arrived, and the customs entry has been verified and passed by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
The following products are exempted from the ISM sticker; medicines, medical devices, pest control products, seeds (plant materials), printed materials, for example, books, newspaper, magazines etc., precious stones, jewellery etc., illuminated signs and name plates etc., motor vehicles and bike (covered under a different inspection regime), artificial flowers, walking sticks, antiques etc.,products manufactured in an EAC Partner State and bears quality mark of that partner state.
Import of vegetables is regulated by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) who issue a plant import permit per consignment, which must reach the plant health authorities in the country of origin for strict adherence to Kenya permit requirements. Any consignment imported into Kenya must be accompanied by a copy of a plant import permit, as well as a phytosanitary certificate. Upon arrival of the consignment, the importer must declare their consignment to a Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) plant inspector for verification. For more information on how to clear your consignment of vegetables through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), click on the link.
Full procedure view - for a first time trader
Import vegetables through Eldoret International Airport (EIA)Thisproceduresequentially compiles the licences, permits and clearance steps to be fulfilled by a registered business owner importing a consignment of vegetables, of more than $2000 of value, for the first time into Kenya, via Eldoret International Airport (EIA).