exporting to kenya

Question posted by Dean Worsley, on behalf of Ayrshire Curtain Factory in KA8

i wish to export designer bed covers to the kenyan market.. what kind of duty / taxes etc are payable for the import of these things into kenya
I will possibly start with between 8-10 boxes of covers.. total weight of approx 240kg to 300kg
goods value at cost of approx £800- £1000

Please advise..

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Fram Engineer, on behalf of Courierit in Africa.

Hi Dean,

As this is quite a specific question which may impact on your bottom line I would much rather get the absolute answer for you. To do this I will need you to send me the export invoice you would use that will detail the contents, fabric with percentages (100% cotton etc) and if you have the HS Code even better. I will then send this to my office there who will tap it in to the customs computer system and bingo we have the most accurate data available for you.

My email address is fram@courierituk.com

Please don't worry that you will then HAVE to use my services after that. It will simply be my pleasure to help a British business trading with Africa!


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Dear Dean
Your shipment may be subject to "Kenya pre export verification of conformity" inspection
by Intertek (tel 01277 223400) .If they are subject to pre-export but are shipped without
they may be liable for a 15% penalty payable by the importer.
If you advise us directly of the carton sizes and whether air or sea freight and destination
also how far you are to paying up to etc .We will calculate the costs incurred . Tel 01263 513127 or email; colin.crown@ntlworld.com
Best regards
Colin; Crown Freight Ltd

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Hi Dean,

I agree with the answer given by Colin Smith. Your goods are subject to Export verification which is conducted on behalf of the Kenyan government by Intertek and their Kenya numbers are as below:

Government Services Kenya
House of Vanguard
Chiromo Road
Kenya, 00621
T: +254 204 449 132
F: +254 204 449 212
Division: Government Services

OCA-East Africa-Kenya
David Kayanda Road
T: +254 412 224 645
F: +254 412 226 157
Division: Commodities

This is 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.

For more information, please visit their website: http://www.intertek.com and in case of a more personalised enquiry, do not hesitate to contact me on emmanuel.maingi@fco.gov.uk

Thank you.

Emmanuel Maingi

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