Phyto-Sanitary Services

Granding and Inspection
This section offer regulatory service to imported and exported plant materials at exit/entry points. The plant inspectors ensure that the plant produce being exported or imported into the country is of high quality. Phytosanitary certificates are issued for export consignments meeting the quality standards. Plant materials failing to meet the standards are destroyed or prohibited from leaving or entering the country.

Import of Plant & Plant Products in Kenya

Plant import regulations in Kenya fall into three broad categories

  1.  Imports which are made under a permit issued by KEPHIS
  2.  Imports which must pass through the quarantine station
  3. Importations which are prohibited under all circumstances

1. Imports under which a permit only is required
In this group, importation of a particular plant is permitted because the plant materials known to carry little risk. Imports are permitted from certain clearly defined areas of the world only. however, importation of the same species from other area may be prohibited. This is because either an important disease does not occur in certain areas, or the agricultural services of that country are efficient and can be relied upon to certify plant material as from pest/disease. The conditions for import are indicated on the import permit.

2. Imports which must be quarantined
In this group, importation carries a risk of introducing dangerous organisms. For the majority of plants and seeds that require quarantine, known diseases are extremely difficult to detect and the plant material carrying them may appear vigorous and healthy. an example is sugarcane which must be imported through quarantine.

3. Imports which are prohibited
Importations of these materials carries very high risks and for this reason, plant  material included here may not be imported under any circumstances. Examples are paddy rice, vegetative materials of certain legumes such as cowpea, soybeans, lucerne and lentils.

Procedures for Importation of Plant Materials
Importation of any form of plant material into Kenya is subjected to strict specified conditions outlined in Kenya's Plant Import Permit as follows:

  1.  All plant importers intending to bring plant material into Kenya should obtain a Plant Import Permit from Kenya Plant Inspectorate Service. Plant import permit is issued after careful appraisal of the risk involved in importing the intended plants or plant product. The permit specifies the requirements for plant health, indicating prohibitions, packaging, conditions for release at the point of entry, and other additional declaration with regard to pre-shipment treatments. The original permit must reach the plant health authorities in the country of origin for strict adherence to Kenya permit requirements.
  2. Any plant consignment arriving into Kenya must be accompanied by a copy of a Plant Import Permit and a Phytosanitary Certificate which verifies that a competent authority in the exporting country examined the plant material for pests and diseases prior to their leaving the country and that the plant materials meet Kenya's phytosanitary requirements.
  3. Plant material arriving in Kenya without authority and correct accompanying documents is not allowed entry and may be destroyed or reshipped at owner's cost.
  4. All imported plant material must be declared to a plant inspector at any point of entry. Plant inspectors have been stationed at all major entry points into Kenya.
  5. Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with the regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment or both.
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