Complaint

Complaint number
NTB-000-934  
NTB Type
2.13. Issues related to Pre-Shipment Inspections  
Complaint
Under the PVoC (Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity) program, all regulated products to be imported in Kenya have to undergo verification and testing in the country of supply and a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) has to be issued to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the applicable national standards or approved equivalents and technical regulations. The CoC is mandatory for customs clearance.

However, all consignments subject to PVoC must obtain the CoC prior to shipment. This is where it becomes a barrier.

As a result of this measure, Mauritian exporters of HS 22071090 have to bear additional time and cost in shipping the products to Kenya.

We are therefore requesting the relevant Kenyan authority to amend its measure so that the Certificate of Conformity be requested upon the arrival of consignment instead of prior to shipment. The procedures to obtain the CoC and the shipment of the products can be done in parallel. By the time the products reach Kenya, the COC will be ready to be submitted at the port of entry.  
Status note
Kenya appreciate Mauritius concerns on NTB No. 934 regarding pre-shipment verification. We therefore confirm that this NTB has been resolved as evidenced by legal notice no. 78 dated 28th April 2020, where clause 9(1) allows for destination inspection. Subsequently, Kenya notified the same to the WTO under notification number G/TBT/N/KEN/1002.  
Progress update note
 
Policy or regulatory NTB
No 
Location
Kenya: Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives (Government institution)  
Reporting Country or Region
Mauritius  
Country specific trade issue
No  
Date of incident
2019-05-30  
Status
Resolved  
Date of resolution
2020-07-10  
Product Description
All products  
Total value
0  
Date reported
2019-12-18 14:00  
Modified
2020-07-10 13:52