Exporting to Kenya

If you have plans to start exporting, take the time to do your research. Prepare your strategy carefully. You may also need export documents.

Starting to export

The Dutch government can help you take your first steps in a foreign market. You can find a lot of information on Ondernemersplein.nl, the digital one-stop shop for government information for businesses, and through the 'NL exporteert' app (in Dutch). The Chamber of Commerce (KvK) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) can also answer your questions and advise you.

Information by country

RVO.nl can give you detailed information for the country you want to export to. For example, on local import tariffs and procedures. Choose the country in the list and click on export rules (in Dutch).

Choose the right export document

Exporting involves a lot of paperwork. There are different documents for exporting within and outside the European Union. Some papers must be shown to customs when goods pass the border. The Chamber of Commerce has the documents you need.

Exporting to this country or region

Aid to Trade Approach

Kenya is an important trade partner for the Netherlands, because of its central political and economic role in the region. The economic cluster at the embassy aims to improve the bilateral relations between Kenya and the Netherlands, amongst others by providing information about investment- and trade opportunities and the business climate.

Within the Aid to Trade approach, the Dutch Ministry acknowledges Kenya as one of the main transition countries to switch from a donor country to a trade partner. In general, leading global imports to Kenya are; industrial supplies, machinery, transport equipment and food and beverages. Leading imports to Kenya from the Netherlands include; petroleum products, tractors, computers, aircraft parts, pharmaceutical products and delivery trucks. If you want to receive more detailed information about imports to Kenya, please visit the following websites:

Kenya Revenue AuthorityKenya Investment Authority and eRegulations, an online database with information on procedures.

The export requirements for access to the Kenyan market are depend on the type of product you wish to export. There are for example specific demands for products of animal origin and food. On the website Agroberichten Buitenland you can find the latest information regarding agreements between the Netherlands and Kenya for these products. Additionally, you can look at the website of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, containing a lot of important information about export demands.  

East African Community

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organization compost of six partner states, including Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South-Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

In 2014 the negotiations started for an Economic Partnership Agreement between the EAC and the European Union. This agreement will balance the mutual imports and exports in future trade relations.

More questions

If you have more questions concerning the export of agricultural produce to Kenya send an email to: nai-lnv@minbuza.nl

For questions concerning all other export related products send an email to: nai-ea@minbuza.nl