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Nairobi NBO

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48 hours

import airline storage period from time of arrival

Destination import notes and documentation requirements

  • original AWB (full original set not E-copy or photo copy)
  • original Shipper's invoice
  • original Shippers packing list
  • original Certificate of conformity (PVoC) to AWB (see below CoC / PVoC notes)
  • original I.D.F, has to be arranged prior to arrival (see below IDF notes)


All documents must be in English

HAWB must show actual true freight charges otherwise IATA rate will be applied as the Value for Customs at destination

Consignee is to be stated in full by importer of record, importers address, phone number and contact person

China Customs at origin require details of MAWB consignee and HAWB consignee tax i.d / VAT number to process export entry.

PVoV is mandatory for all air cargo imports into Kenya, irrespective of value or shipment size. Any air cargo shipments arriving NBO without PVoC in place will be rejected by Customs / KEBs and sent back to origin by the same carrier at shippers cost.


IDF (Import Documentation Fee)
The shipper, or their origin agent, is to forward the shipper’s commercial invoice and packing list to the consignee, or their appointed clearing agent, requesting an IDF application be submitted to Kenyan Revenue Authority (KRA).

On average it takes 48 hours to process the IDF application in Kenya (Monday to Friday). Once approved, an IDF number is confirmed by consignee or their appointed clearing agent. The IDF number is to be stated on shipper’s commercial invoice and Certificate of Conformity (CoC) once issued.

PVoC and CoC
Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC) is required or all goods imported into Kenya and is to be arranged by shipper, not shipper’s air export agent, using one of the following Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBs) approved inspecting agents : SGS, Bureau Veritas, Intertek or CCIC (China). Once PVoC is complete at origin, the inspecting agent issues shipper with a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) and this has to travel with AWB to destination.

Import Standard Marks (ISM)
All finished products that are to be placed into the Kenyan market are required to comply with the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs) Import Standard Marks (ISM). It is the shippers full responsibility to mark each item according to the ISM requirements as outlined by KEBs.

Certificate of analysis
For medical products a certificate of analysis is required prior to goods being granted entry into Kenya.

Last update: November 20, 2020

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