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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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Veterinery Medicine

Preliminary registrations, licenses and certificates 


  1. Obtain premises permit for a veterinary pharmacy from Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)- After carrying out inspection on the premises handling veterinary medicines for the purpose of manufacturing, formulating, packaging, selling or storing and ascertaining compliance with the veterinary medicines regulations, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) will issue a premises permit.


The permit is issued one-off, and annual audits will be carried out on the premises for compliance.


  1. Obtain wholesale dealer permit fromVeterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)http://www.vmd.go.ke/- This permit is issued upon application and compliance with the veterinary medicines regulations.


The permit is valid for 1 calendar year, 1st January to 31st December.


  1. Obtain product registration certification from Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)- This certificate is issued after successful evaluation on the product(s). During application, the applicant will be required to be in possession of a valid good manufacturing license of the manufacturing site.


The certificate is valid for 5years, however, traders are required to retain the product(s) annually.


  1. Obtain veterinary medicines retention certificate from Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) to retain the products annually. This is a mandatory certificate for all veterinary medicines registered in Kenya.


The certificate is valid for one calendar year, 1st January to 31st December.


  1. Train and register with Kenya TradeNet System (KESWS)
    which is an electronic platform that facilitates the processing and issuance of permits, import declaration forms (IDF) and declaration of goods.




  1. Obtain export permit for veterinary medicines from Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)http://www.vmd.go.ke/- All veterinary medicines destined for export must be registered with VMD.


The export permits are processed through the Kenya National TradeNet System (KESWS).


  1. 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 categorized into 2:

-Preferential issued Kenya Revenue Authority  (KRA); and

-Non-preferential issued by Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and are issued per consignment


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