Busia, Kenya – The KEPHIS Busia office held a training workshop for women at the Busia One Stop Border Post(OSBP) on the East African Community trade rules, regulations and procedures.
The aim of the training was to build capacity to women owned businesses who use the OSBP to facilitate clearance of their plant produce between Kenya and Uganda. Fifty women from the two countries attended the training; the women deal with cereals and horticultural produce such as fruits and vegetables.
Mr. Samuel Massive, an Inspector at the border post said they aimed to train on compliance to phytosanitary and bio-security regulations, building synergies in market sector standards and requirements regarding to imports and exports and creating awareness on the role of KEPHIS in import and export plant certification at the border post.
“We focused on women as they constitute a large percentage of the clients that we deal with here at the border daily,” he said.
He began by introducing the mandate of KEPHIS, i.e. that of assuring the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the environment, the economy and human health.
He also elaborated on several aspects of plants inspection including who an inspector is, what a phytosanitary (plant health) certificate is and its importance in plant trade, inspections and interceptions. He described a Plant Import Permit(PIP) as an official document authorizing importation of a commodity in accordance with specified phytosanitary import requirements.
He further said that correct documents for consignments must be attached, i.e. a Plant Import Permit(PIP), Phytosanitary certificate and an invoice. For consignments on transit, the inspector verifies copies of relevant phytosanitary document(s), invoice and certificate of origin; if the documents are deemed compliant, the inspector releases the consignment. Import inspection is where an inspector inspects the plant, plant products or regulated articles in consideration of identification and sampling.
The objective of import inspection of consignments by the KEPHIS inspectorate team at the Busia OSBP is to confirm compliance with import or export requirements relating to quarantine pests or regulated non-quarantine pests. Inspections serve to verify the effectiveness of other phytosanitary measures taken by the exporting country, where as export inspection of consignments is used in ensuring that consignments for export meets the phytosanitary import requirements of the importing country at the time of inspection, which may result into issuance of a phytosanitary certificate for the consignment in question. Generally, both import and export of inspections may be carried out for purposes of detection of organisms for which the phytosanitary risk has not yet been determined. Collection of samples for laboratory testing or verification of pest identity may at this stage be combined with the inspection procedure.