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Quick information guide

In Kenya, export information can be obtained from:

  • Established exporters can also provide advice.
  • A business directory can provide contact details of exporters of particular products, as well as contacts of other organizations involved in international trade.


Exporting in Kenya

The need for information on exporting from Kenya arises out of the significant role that international trade plays in economic and social development and the importance of having more Kenyans understand and participate in the process effectively.

The export of Kenyan products to several markets in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US, earns millions in foreign currency and generates significant employment opportunities.

With a liberalized economy and globalization of markets, Kenyan exporters are expected to be more competitive and innovative if they are to effectively exploit the opportunities that world markets present.

However, international trade transactions are complex and involve many players, regulations, standards and financial relationships.

This complexity means that many potential exporters lack of adequate knowledge on what needs to be done to transact effectively and, for this reason, shy away from international trade.

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Fruits and Vegetables

Preliminary registrations, licenses and certificates 


  1. Obtain Farm Inspection Report - The farm where the produce is grown must be inspected by AFA Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD)   , who will issue an inspection report if in full compliance.
  2. Obtain Pack House inspection report - A facility must that produces for human, AFA Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) must inspect and certify that it is clean and the staff observe hygiene.
  3. Register with AFA Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD)-A trader wishing to export fresh fruits and vegetables must register as an exporter with HCD who issue an export license and export certificate.
  4. Register as an exporter with Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)ascertaining that the pesticide residue levels found in the produce, are as per international market standards.
  5. Obtain Food Hygiene License from Port Health Services or by Public Health Officers in respective County governments as a requirement for facilities that process and package products that are for human consumption.




  1. Obtain Phytosanitary Certificate from KEPHIS certifying that plant and plant products are free from regulated pests and conforms with other phytosanitary requirements of the importing country. Traders are required to obtain a phytosanitary certificate for each consignment.
  2. Obtain Export Certificate from AFA Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) giving clearance of a horticultural produce (fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers) consignment for export.
  3. Obtain Certificate of Origin confirming that the goods in a specific export consignment have been produced, manufactured or processed in a specific country.

Certificates of Origin are issued under 2 categories:

  • Preferential issued by Kenya Revenue Authority  (KRA); and
  • Non-preferential issued by Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and are issued per consignment.


Obtain Export Health Certificate from Port Health Services verifying commodities that are for human consumption.

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