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Import health clearance


Import health clearance (Food & Chemical Substances)

S/no   Item Description   Unique documents
 1.  Fish
  • Import permit or License from the fisheries department or relevant MDA.

  • Health certificate from a relevant authority of exporting Country.
 2.  Milk & Milk Products
  • Import permit/License from the fisheries Dairy Board.

  • Health certificate the competent authority in the exporting Country.

Meat and Meat Products

  • Veterinary Certificate from the relevant authority in the Country of origin.

  • Important permit/license from the Veterinary Department in Kenya.
 4. Tea
  • Import permit/License from the Tea Board.

  • Import Permit from Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS).
 5. Coffee
  • Import permit/License from the Coffee Board.

  • Import Permit from Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS).
 6. Eggs and Honey
  • Import Permit from the Veterinary Department.

  • Health Certificate from Country of Origin.
 7. Cereals, grains and Fruits
  • Phytosanitory Certificate from Country of Origin.

  • Fumigation Certificate.
  • Non-genetically modified organism (GMO) Certificate from the Country of origin.

  • Permit from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS).
 8. Chemicals/Cosmetics
  • Safety data sheet.

  • Certificate of Analysis.
 9. Other manufactured Foodstuff
  • None (refer to the common documents)

 10.  Used clothes, shoes and beddings
  • Fumigation Certificate.


Kindly note that in addition to the unique documents listed in the table above, the following common documents are also required:

  • Invoice
  • Certificate of Analysis
  • Packing list


All applications for import health certificates are done through the Kentrade system.