KEBS introduces new secure quality marks
All importers and clearing agents must now have the new Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) secure Import Standardization Mark (ISM) stickers for their goods to be allowed into the country.
KEBS’ Managing Director Charles Ongwae said the new directive will take effect on August 1st, 2015.
Ongwae said the move is aimed at safeguarding Kenyans from unscrupulous dealers who have been ‘faking’ KEBS marks of quality, especially the Import Standardization Mark which KEBS issues to importers once their goods have been inspected.
“The new system will also provide a platform through which KEBS will carry out real-time field verification and inspection of goods bearing the agency’s Quality Certification Marks,” said Ongwae.
He added that the new Marks of Quality will also provide an online platform for consumers to directly authenticate the certification of goods before purchase.
KEBS made this announcement during a meeting with importers and clearing agents drawn from Nairobi at the Boma Hotel.
“To ensure minimal disruption to businesses, we have organized a briefing session for all importers and clearing agents who are based in Nairobi and its environs to attend. We will soon announce the meeting dates for Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru-based importers.”
To apply for the new Import Standardization Marks, importers and clearing agents will now be required to submit copies of; Certificate of Conformity, Import Declaration Form and Customs Entry Form to the bureau.
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