Pre-Export Verification of Conformity for exports to Kenya


To assure Kenyan consumers of the safety and quality of the imported goods they buy, and to protect Kenyan manufacturers from unfair competition, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), a statutory organisation of the government of Kenya, has implemented guidelines called the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards Programme for exports to Kenya.

All consignments which are subject to the Kenya PVoC must obtain a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) issued by an authorised PVoC Agent, such as Intertek, prior to shipment.

The CoC is a mandatory document for Customs Clearance in Kenya; consignments arriving at Kenyan Ports without this document will be denied entry into the country.

The key elements undertaken in the PVoC are:

  • Physical inspection prior to shipment
  • Sampling, testing and analysis in accredited laboratories
  • Quality Audit of production processes
  • Documentary review of conformity with regulations
  • Issuance of CoC or Non Conformity Report (NCR) as appropriate.

Exporters and importers are responsible for ensuring that their products and shipments fully comply with the Kenya PVoC and obtain the mandatory PVoC CoC.

Routes of Certification

Route A - Occasional Exports

  • No registration
  • Testing and Inspection
  • Issuance of CoC

Route B - Frequent Exporters

  • Product registration
  • Inspection and random testing
  • Issuance of CoC

Route C - Frequent Exporters and High Volume Manufacturers

  • Product licensing
  • Licence review and random testing
  • Issuance of CoC
  • Intertek can provide a tailor-made service that meets your particular needs, including:
  • Submission of assessment requests online
  • Automated e-mails for status of certificates
  • Flexible certificate delivery solutions for high volume users

Additional Information for Exporters of Wood Packaging Material

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) have announced that all shipment packaging  material made up of wood and wooden packaging material such as planks, crates that is imported into Kenya shall be adequately treated and marked in line with the International Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measure (ISPM) No. 15 requirements. Failure to do so may result in shipments facing delays at Kenyan Customs.

Exporters of regulated products to Kenya can contact Chamber International to obtain more information on the programme and also apply for CoCs.

Contact our specialist Lydia Moi on 0845 034 7200 or by email for further details.

Apply NOW from anywhere in the UK by contacting our specialist Lydia Moi on 0845 034 7200 or email