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How you import from and export to Kenya.

UK-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement

The UK has signed an Economic Partnership Agreement ( EPA) with the Republic of Kenya, which is in effect.

EPAsare principally development-focused trade agreements that aim to promote increased trade and investment. They contribute to sustainable growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.

This guidance provides information on aspects of trade covered by the EPA. It is for UK businesses trading with Kenya.

What the agreement includes

The UK commits to providing immediate duty-free, quota-free access to goods exported from Kenya.

In exchange, Kenya commits to gradual tariff liberalisation of goods. Some domestically sensitive products in Kenya are excluded from tariff liberalisation.

This EPAincludes provisions on:

  • trade in goods - including provisions on preferential tariffs and rules of origin

Tariff rates on goods

Tariff rates for bilateral trade in goods between the UK and Kenya apply as set out in the agreement.

Rules of origin

Claiming preferential rates for your exports from the UK

Unless you are permitted to provide an origin declaration, you will need to fill in a certificate of origin to claim preferential treatment.

Certificates of origin are available from your usual provider, for example, chambers of commerce.

Using EU materials and processing in your exports to Kenya

You can use EU materials or processing in your exports to Kenya. The UK and Kenya must have fulfilled the necessary requirements set out in the Rules of Origin Protocol. You must also ensure the working or processing you do in the UK goes beyond the minimal operations listed in the agreement and that the other relevant conditions are met.

For example, you cannot simply package or label a product from the EU and export it to Kenya as a good originating in the UK.

The ability to consider materials from, or processing carried out in, another country as originating when incorporated into your product is called cumulation.

Using materials and processing from other countries in your exports to Kenya

It is also possible to use materials from, and processing carried out in, the other countries and territories referenced in Article 5 of the Rules of Origin Protocol. Again, you must ensure that the working or processing you do in the UK goes beyond the minimal operations listed in the agreement and the other relevant conditions are fulfilled.

Sending your goods to Kenya through the EU and other countries

Goods transited through the EU are subject to the same requirements as those in transit through other third countries.

For example, you can split a consignment in the EU, as well as in other third countries, when exporting goods to Kenya, provided the goods comprising the consignment have not been entered into free circulation.

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