Government reverses directive on imports inspection
SEE ALSO :State forms team to probe aflatoxinIn December 2015, the Government ordered that imported cargo must be inspected at the country of origin and issued with a certificate of inspection for them to be allowed in the local market. This was done in an effort to curb the entry of illicit and sub-standard products into the local market. But the move had been opposed by traders who complained of high fees that they were paying to the private inspection agencies that were being contracted by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to check the standards compliance. Munya told a committee chaired by Kieni MP Kanini Kega that the traders had made a good case of how they were being exploited by the agencies hired by KEBS, necessitating the government to change the rules and only have the goods inspected at entry. “It has been a huge problem for small scale traders for their goods to be cleared by foreign standards bodies. We have now reviewed the decision so that it is not compulsory to test the goods at the country of origin,” Mr Munya said yesterday.
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