Kenya recently signed a trade deal with the Chinese Government to export frozen avocados to China. This will hopefully result in the Chinese market absorbing over 40 percent of Kenya’s avocado produce, making it one of the largest importers of the fruit. With the availability of export procedures in the portal, traders will save the time, cost and effort that would be spent on searching for trade-related information.
Therefore, KenTrade has partnered with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS), the lead Government Agency responsible for the issuance of Phytosanitary Certificate and other regulatory Government Agencies, to document all the requisite procedures and up-to-date information on what it takes to export avocados.
The procedures that have been documented and published on exporting of avocados include how to obtain food hygiene license for the packhouse facility, packhouse inspection report, farm inspection report & export license, register as an exporter and to register for user training on Kenya TradeNet System, the online cargo clearance platform managed by KenTrade.
Other documented and published procedure for avocado export is on how to obtain Certificate of Origin, export clearance, Phytosanitary Certificate, export health certificate and also how to clear the avocado consignment at the customs.
Under each bloc, traders will also find a step by step guide to the related procedure by accessing the dedicated portal, the Information for Trade in Kenya via https.infotradekenya.go.ke from the internet enabled device from any part of the world.