Export Market Guide - Kenya

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All regulatory information for exporting wine to Kenya including the regulatory environment, duties and taxes, and permitted additives.

Kenya has grown to become one of the biggest and most diversified economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of the founding members of the East African Community (EAC), a regional intergovernmental organisation of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the United Republic of Tanzania.

The EAC’s headquarters are in Arusha, Tanzania. The EAC was established in 2000. It became a Customs Union in 2005. The second integration milestone was reached in 2010 with the implementation of the Common Market with free movement of goods, people, labour, services and capital as well as rights of establishment and residence. The next stage of integration is the Monetary Union which was signed in 2013 and lays the groundwork for a monetary union within 10 years and allows the EAC Partner States to progressively converge their currencies into a single currency. The fourth stage of integration is political federation through the formation of a super-state under a single political authority/government.

The EAC has a combined population of about 150 million people and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$ 146 billion. EAC’s official language is English.

In 2006 the EAC enacted the East African Community Standardization, Quality Assurance, Metrology, and Testing Act (EAC SQMT Act 2006). The purpose of the act is to make provision for ensuring standardisation, quality assurance, metrology and testing of products produced or traded in the Community in order to facilitate industrial development and trade. There are currently 80 technical committees. More than 1,200 standards have been harmonised to date, covering most sectors apart from pharmaceuticals. Conformity assessment procedures have been harmonized with recognition of partner state quality marks.

Regulatory environment

The Department of Public Health (DPH) administers the Food, Drugs and Chemical Substances Act Cap.254 while the Kenya Bureau of Standards administers The Standards Act Cap.496 and the Weights and Measures Act Cap.513. The National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drugs Abuse (NACADA) is responsible for the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act 2010. The Customs and Border Control Department of the Kenya Revenue Authority administers the East African Custom Management Act 2004 and other Revenue Acts that impose taxes or levies on imports and exports eg, the VAT Act 2013, Excise Act 2015 and Miscellaneous Act 2016.


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Duties and taxes for the Kenya market

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Labelling requirements for the Kenya market

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Wine standards for the Kenya market

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