Overview of the Chemical Industry in Kenya and How to Buy Chemicals

Country flag of Kenya, Where Camachem Export Chemicals for Sale

Introduction to Kenya

  • Kenya has a population of 53 million
  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Official Language: English and Swahili
  • Total Area: 580,367 km2
  • Currency: Kenya Shilling

Economy of Kenya

Economic Overview:

    • Kenya has the largest economy in East Africa.
    • Kenya has a nominal GDP of USD 95.5 million.
    • The largest industries: Pharmaceutical, Iron and Steel, Chemicals, Fertilizers, Paper and Paperboard, Salt, Cement, Line, Sulfur, Mineral Fuels, Oil, Ceramics, and Stone.

Economy Breakdown of Kenya:

      • Service sector: 42%
      • Industry: 16%
      • Agriculture: 35%

Kenya’s Main Import Partners:

      • China: 20%
      • The United Arab Emirates: 10%
      • India: 10%
      • Saudi Arabia: 7%
      • Japan: 6%

Kenya’s Main Export Partners:

      • Uganda: 11%
      • USA: 9%
      • Netherland: 8%
      • Pakistan: 8%
      • The United Kingdom: 7%

Chemical use in Kenya

Given the economic growth of Kenya, it is an attractive country for the chemical trade. Kenya's chemical industry is diverse and includes chemicals for fertilizers and pesticides, water treatment, mining, manufacturing, cement, timber and paper, mineral fuels, hydro energy, and metal processing.

The chemical sector contributes to about 6% of the national GDP and about 11% of the manufacturing GDP in Kenya.

      • Fertilizer Industry

Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya's economy. The sector employs an estimated 75% of Kenya's population. Some of the locally manufactured fertilizers are not up to standards, forcing producers to go for imported chemical fertilizer.

Kenya is the largest consumer of fertilizer in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ghana uses large amounts of water treatment chemicals, some of which are manufactured locally but mostly imported.

Camachem has supplied chemical fertilizers such as Zinc Sulfate, Monohydrate 98, Sodium carbonate 99%, and Monocalcium Phosphate 22%

      • Water Treatment Industry

The Kenyan urban population is on the rise due to the new and devolved government system, followed by industrialization, urbanization, sewage, and water treatment in major towns and cities.

Kenya uses large amounts of water treatment chemicals, some of which are manufactured locally, but most of which are imported from mainly China.

Camachem has supplied chemical fertilizers such as Dicalcium Phosphate (DCP) to Ghana.

      • Cement Industry

Kenya's largest cement manufacturing companies include Bamburi Cement, national Cement, Mombasa Cement, East Africa Portland Cement, and Savanna Cement. New cement plants are coming up and demand for chemicals will continue to rise.

Cement is manufactured through a closely controlled chemical combination of aluminum, calcium, silicon, iron, and other ingredients.

Kenya uses large amounts of chemicals used in the manufacturing of cement, some of which are manufactured locally, but most are imported from mainly China.

Camachem has supplied chemicals used in the manufacturing of cement to Kenya, such as Aluminum Sulfate.

Seaports and Trading Hubs of Kenya

Kenya is accessible by both land and sea. For international trading, the main seaports are:

      • Port of Mombasa
      • Port of Malindi
      • Port of Lamu
      • Port of Mtwapa
      • Port of Kilifi
      • Port of Shimoni
      • Port of Funzi
      • Port of Vanga
      • Port of Kiunga

For importing the good, Camachem uses the port of Mombasa, the largest and busiest port in the region. The Port of Mombasa serves other countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Somalia, and Uganda..

Seaports and Trading Hubs in Kenya

      • International trading seaports and trading hubs in Kenya, including the largest port of Mombasa.

Containers at the Port of Mombasa in Kenya

      • The port of Mombasa is the biggest and the only container seaport in Kenya.

What Chemicals does Kenya Import?

According to the latest trade data, Kenya imports USD 107 million in inorganic chemicals and USD 155 Million in organic chemicals. They include chemicals such as:

What Regulations are there on Importing Chemicals to Kenya?

The government of Kenya mandates the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to guard against toxic and hazardous chemicals coming into the country.

The following are some of the guidelines for importing chemicals to Kenya.

      • Submission of an Application Letter: This letter contains the company's information intending to import chemicals to Kenya. It is submitted to the registrar of the pharmacy and poisons board in Kenya.
      • Labeling of Chemicals: It is a requirement by Kenya's government that all chemicals be labeled appropriately and under the global harmonize systems of classification and labeling chemicals. Labeling must include the Name of the Chemical, Address of the Manufacturer, Batch Number, Manufacturing and Expiry Dates, Conditions of Storage, and the Volume/Net Weight.
      • License and Permits: All importers of chemicals are required to have all the necessary licenses and permits. A company must have all the relevant approvals to manufacture certain chemicals.
        • Bill of Landing.
        • Certificate of Compliance.
        • Tax Clearance Certificate.
        • Proforma Invoice for a Permit to Import Restricted Chemicals.
        • A Permit from the Ministry of Agriculture of Solid Minerals
        • A Copy of the Certificate of Incorporation.
        • Commercial Invoice
        • Health Certificate
        • Insurance Certificate
        • Certificate of a Memorandum.

Why Should Kenya Import Chemicals?

      • Quality of Chemicals - Domestic manufacturers do not produce the best-preferred quality of chemicals. More demand for quality chemicals has paved the way for the importation of chemicals.
      • Availability - Timely delivery of chemicals is required for manufacturing processes to run smoothly, and local industries cannot meet this requirement. This explains why Kenya will continue to import chemicals from international industries with a proven timely delivery reputation.
      • Lack of Long-Term Agreements - Local industries have not been able to provide long-term agreements. The secret about long-term agreements is consistency in the product's quality, trade discounts, and a good working relationship.
      • High Cost of Chemicals - This is mainly due to the high cost of production, labor, raw materials, licenses and permits, and taxes. This makes locally manufactured chemicals more expensive in comparison to imported chemicals.

Sodium Hypochlorite (Available 10% and 13%) for Sale in Kenya

Sodium Hypochlorite (Available 10% and 13%) is one of the key chemicals that we export to Kenya


Camachem is among the companies that has exported quality chemicals to Kenya at very favorable prices.

Where Can I Buy Chemicals for Kenya?

Camachem has been exporting chemicals to clients in Kenya. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation.

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