The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has cleared six firms to undertake pre-export verification of conformity (PVoC) services for general goods.
The six firms who have been contracted for the next three years to June 2025 will assist the standards body in verifying the standards of goods meant for the domestic market at their source markets.
The six firms include Bureau Veritas Kenya, China Certification & Inspection Group Company (CCIC), China Hansom Inspection & Certificate, Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS), TUV Austria Turk and the World Standardization Certification & Testing Group (Shenzhen).
All consignments shipped after July 1 from countries where KEBS has appointed inspection companies should be accompanied with certificates of conformity (COCs) from the respective inspection companies.
Imports from the United Kingdom and Ireland will be inspected by Bureau Veritas while those from China will be handled by CCIC along with Shenzhen, TUV Austria Turk and China Hansom Inspection and Certificate Co.
SGS will meanwhile conduct inspections on goods from the United States & Canada, the Caribbean and parts of Latin America and Europe including the European Union (EU) and parts of Southern Africa.
Goods emanating from countries not subject to the PVoC program will meanwhile remain the subject of destination inspection.
This includes goods sourced from Central Africa, West Africa, North Africa, Nordic countries and the Middle East.