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Introduction to Kenya Chemical Market

Kenya is an attractive market for the sale of chemicals due to its economic growth. Kenya has a diverse chemical industry that includes chemicals for pesticides and fertilizers, mining, water treatment, cement, paper and timber, manufacturing, hydro energy, mineral fuels, and metal processing. The chemical sector contributes about 6% of Kenya's national GDP and about 11% of national manufacturing GDP.

  • Fertilizer and Pesticides

The backbone of Kenya's economy is agriculture. The agricultural sector employs about 75% of the nation's population. Some of the fertilizers and pesticides manufactured by the nation are below standard, forcing producers to settle for imported chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Kenya is the largest consumer of fertilizer in Sub-Sahara Africa.

  • Cement Industry

The largest manufacturing companies for cement in Kenya include National Cement, Bamburi Cement, East Africa Portland Cement, Mombasa Cement, and savanna cement. Several cement plants are coming up, and the demand for chemicals used in manufacturing cement will be on the rise. Cement is manufactured through a chemical combination of calcium, aluminum, iron, silicon, and several other ingredients. Kenya uses a large quantity of the chemicals used in making cement, some of which are manufactured locally, but most of which are imported from China.

  • Water Treatment Industry

There is a rise in the Kenyan urban population due to the new government system, which is followed by industrialization, urbanization, and water and sewage treatment in major cities and towns. Kenya uses water treatment chemicals, some are made locally, but most are imported from China.

Importing chemicals into Kenya is a lucrative business due to the current boom and growth of the Kenyan economy. China is well known as the “factory of the world” because its wealth of industry experience, abundant resources, and massive infrastructure would assist in boosting profits and also give you access to more chemicals easily and cheaply.

Kenya is a short hub for chemical trade, with a growing, diverse, and attractive chemical market. However, you have to have some things in place before you start importing chemicals into Kenya from China.

This article will provide everything you need about chemical importation into Kenya. Keep on reading.

How Can I Import Chemicals To Kenya From China?

Kenya is a booming market for chemical importation. Several procedures, documentation, and regulations have been put in place by the Kenyan Government and have to be followed before you start importing chemicals into Kenya from China. There are basic procedures and documentation, and steps.

Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVOC)

Pre-export Verification of Conformity is a conformity assessment applicable to products at the exporting countries to ensure that they comply with the Kenyan Technical Regulations and Mandatory Standards and any other standards. PVOC was started on September 29th, 2005. The key elements of a Pre-Export Verification of Conformity include;

  • Sampling, analysis, and testing of chemicals in accredited laboratories
  • Physical inspection before shipping
  • Quality audit of the production procedure
  • Assessment of Conformity with existing Kenyan standards.
  • Verification of documents that shows compliance with regulations.

The main objectives of the Pre-export verification of Conformity include the following:

● To ensure the quality of the products to be imported, the health, environmental protection, and safety of consumers.

  • To make trade easier, ensure compliant products can be easily cleared at the entry point.
  • To ensure the country is safeguarded from unfair trade practices and prevent the dumping of substandard goods by ensuring that imported goods comply with the set requirements that local goods are subject to.
  • To prevent shady trade practices.

SGS Inspection for Kenya

SGS is appointed by the Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to carry out the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity. SGS helps with a pre-shipment inspection from Kenya, ensuring your products meet good quality standards, contractual requirements, and technical specifications. To avoid issues, you need your chemicals to meet the requirements. SGS pre-shipment inspection provides a professional and independent verification of the quality, marking, quantity, loading, and packing of the shipments, assisting in meeting the essential standard, contractual requirements, and technical specifications.

Import declaration form (IDF)

An import declaration form is an official document that details the goods being exported or imported. An import declaration form is an act whereby a person indicates their wish to place their goods under import/export procedures. You must have made an import declaration 90 days before the day of presentation of your goods to customs.

An import declaration form would need you to provide the following;

  • The point of departure and destination
  • The customs procedure code
  • The amount, type, and packaging of the goods
  • Method of transportation and costs
  • Valuation methods and currencies
  • Certificates and license
  • The goods code

Which Companies are Pre-Shipment Inspection and Testing Agents in China?

There are PVOC contractors that are allocated to different zones for the sake of inspections before importing into Kenya. The following companies that are accredited agents for pre-shipment inspection and testing in China include;

Zone No

Country (Provinces in the Zone)



China (Hong Kong, Guanxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Hainan, and Taiwan)

World Standardization Certification & Testing Group (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd


China (Yuman, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Zhegiang)



China (Tibet, Sichuan, Hubei, Anhul, Jiangsu, and Shanghai)

TUV Austria Turk


China (Qinghai, Gansu, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Hebei, Shandong, and Henan)



China (Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Liaoning, Tinaji, Jilin, Heilongjiang, and Mongolia)

China Hanson Inspection & Certificate Co. Ltd

How To Import Chemicals to Kenya From China: Step By Step

Importing chemicals into Kenya requires that you carry out certain steps. They include;

1. Contract a clearing agent

  1. Notification of the arrival of goods
  2. Submit lading bill
  3. Pay your shipping line charges
  4. Obtain a delivery order
  5. Obtain your Kenyan Bureau of Standards(KEBS) consignment documents
  6. Lodge an import declaration form
  7. Pay merchant shipping levy and taxes
  8. Obtain a pass entry
  9. Apply for an import health certificate and obtain an e-slip
  10. Verify your consignments
  11. Submit the needed documents for verification for a KEBS release
  12. Submit needed documents for a KRA (Kenyan Revenue Authority )release
  13. Obtain a KRA online release
  14. Create a pick-up order with KPA (Kenyan Ports Authority)
  15. Pay the necessary charges
  16. Obtain a position slip

After completing this, you can finally obtain your chemicals from the port.


Importing Chemicals from China into Kenya can increase your profitability while accessing a diverse and wide range of Chemicals at an affordable price. Importing chemicals into Kenya from China helps create your profits greatly while giving you access to a wide and diverse range of chemicals. Due to the nature of chemicals, it requires proper handling, which is why several procedures must be completed before you can successfully import and collect your chemicals at any Kenyan port.  

How Can Camachem Help Me Import Chemicals in Kenya?

Camachem is a reliable company with wealth of experience in shipping chemicals to different countries across the globe. The company has handled the exportation of chemicals from China to various African countries, including Kenya. All you have to do is visit the website, make order on any chemical of your choice, acquire appropriate approvals as indicated  above, and the rest will be handled by us.

Our company has exported various chemicals to Kenya through Mombasa port. They include:

  1. DCP
  2. Caustic Soda Flakes
  3. Caustic Soda Pearls
  4. Sodium Bicarbonate
  5. Soda Ash (Dense and Light)
  6. Sodium Metabisulfite (SMBS)
  7. Sodium Sulfide
  8. SLES 70%
  9. Many others

Our company is reputable for production, packing and shipping chemicals in large quantities to clients across different continents, Africa inclusive. Therefore, once your documents are in place, you can contact Camachem to import the best chemicals.

Camachem Successfully Exported Chemicals to Kenya 

Camachem preparing Caustic Soda Flakes Shipment in Tianjin for Mombasa Port


Camachem Preparing SLES 70 Shipment to Mombasa Port


 More details on our Soda Ash Sale to Kenya Case Study Here



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