The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has signed a three-year contract with a Japanese company to verify the standards of second-hand vehicles, parts, and mobile devices in Japan, the United Kingdom, Thailand, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.
KEBSis tasked with encouraging the use of standards in business and industry, setting up or providing facilities for the examination and testing of goods and commodities, testing and calibrating precision instruments, gauges, and scientific apparatus, and determining their degree of accuracy by comparison with standards approved by the Minister on the Council’s recommendation, and to issue certificates in this regard.
On Tuesday, KEBS revealed that it had extended the contract to include Singapore and had selected the Japanese company Quality Inspection Services Inc. to carry out the work starting on August 19, 2022. On the other hand, consignments imported from Singapore will start to arrive on October 1, 2022.
“Stakeholders and the public are further reminded that all used motor vehicles, mobile equipment and used motor vehicles spare parts being imported from the countries mentioned above will be required to be accompanied by certificates of roadworthiness or certificates of conformity,” KEBS stated.
According to Legal Notice No. 78, the bureau has warned that importers who violate the instruction will be charged a fee equal to 5% of the approved customs values and be subject to destination inspection (2020). KEBS has engaged inspection firms to provide Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVOC) services.
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