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Obtain import licence  (5) expand_more expand_less
Register as an importer  (6) expand_more expand_less
Register with KESWS  (4) expand_more expand_less
Obtain plant import permit  (4) expand_more expand_less
Pre-clearance documentation  (1) expand_more expand_less
Obtain import declaration form  (2) expand_more expand_less
Obtain delivery order  (4) expand_more expand_less
Obtain KEBS consignment document  (1) expand_more expand_less
Obtain passed clearance entry  (3) expand_more expand_less
Obtain KEPHIS release  (2) expand_more expand_less
Obtain import health certificate  (4) expand_more expand_less
Obtain Port Health release  (1) expand_more expand_less
Obtain KEBS release  (2) expand_more expand_less
Obtain certificate of radioanalysis  (3) expand_more expand_less
Obtain Radiation Protection Board release  (1) expand_more expand_less
Obtain KRA release  (3) expand_more expand_less
Obtain KPA release  (4) expand_more expand_less
Obtain gate pass  (2) expand_more expand_less

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Submit application for import licence
(last modified: 21/10/2021)

You can apply for this step online

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Timeframe ( see details )

Waiting time until next step

0 mn  -  0 mn
2 days  -  5 days

Where to go?

Entity in charge


AFA Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) Regional Offices AFA Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) Regional Offices

What do I get?

Application accepted

What documents do I need to bring?

1. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Certificate of incorporation (copy)
For local companies.
or 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Certificate of compliance (copy)
For a branch of a foreign company.
2. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Company PIN certificate (copy)
3. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Valid tax compliance certificate (copy)
This is obtained online via the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) website.
4. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Valid business permit (copy)
5. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Identity card (copy)
Of the directors if they are Kenyan citizens.
or 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Valid work permit (copy)
Of the directors if they are foreigners.

Time frame

Attention at counter: Min.   5mn - Max.   10mn
Waiting time until next step: Min.   2 days - Max.   5 days

Legal justification

KEBS Standards on Horticultural Products (KS 1758:2016)
2. The Crops (Horticultural Crops) Regulations (2020)
The Crops (Horticultural Crops) Regulations (2020) Regulation 26
3. Horticultural Crop Directorate Order (2011)
Horticultural Crop Directorate Order (2011)
Sections 28, 29, 30, 31 5th Schedule
4. Agricultural Food Authority Act (2013)
Agricultural Food Authority Act (2013)
Section 4 1st Schedule
5. Crops Act (2013)
Crops Act (2013)
Sections 8, 13, 18, 20, 40, 41

Additional information

The applicant must call HCD to track their application which must be approved by the AFA Board. The Board usually meets once a week or after every two weeks depending on the number of applications. The KEBS Standards on Horticultural Products (KS 1758:2016) is not a public document but can be purchased from the government press.

Who certified this information ?

Wilfred YAKO, Senior Horticulture Officer, 18/03/2019

Recourse: AFA Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD)

Entity in charge

AFA Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD)

Mazao Road, P.O. Box 42601, Nairobi 00100
Tel: +254 202 088 469 / +254 202 131 560
Email: directorhcd@afa.go.ke, info@afa.go.ke
Website: http://www.agricultureauthority.go.ke/
Directions: Google maps

Unit in charge

Regulations & Compliance Department (HCD)

Mon: 08:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
Tue: 08:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
Wed: 08:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
Thu: 08:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00
Fri: 08:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00

Contact person

Josephine Simiyu

Deputy Director, Regulations & Compliance
Tel: +254 203 532 898/7
Email: jnatecho@afa.go.ke, jnatecho@gmail.com
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