U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service in Nairobi, Kenya
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is an agency of the
United States Department of Agriculture. FAS works to improve foreign market
access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of
U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical
assistance to foreign countries. FAS has the primary responsibility for USDA’s
international activities—market development, trade agreements and negotiations,
and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. It also
administers USDA’s export credit guarantee and food aid programs, and helps
increase income and food availability in developing nations by mobilizing
expertise for agriculturally led economic growth. FAS staff in more than 100 and
80 countries around the world work to enhance U.S. agriculture’s competitiveness
by providing linkages to global resources and international organizations.
The Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) in the American
Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya, offers a variety of services to U.S. and Kenyan
companies to facilitate U.S. agricultural trade with Kenya. Our mission is to
seek expanded opportunities for U.S. exporters of food and agricultural
products. FAS/Nairobi can provide U.S. contacts for a wide range of products,
from bulk commodities to ready-for-retail sale food items. The Office also
covers the countries of Malawi, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Please contact the OAA for additional information about these services.
Please see contact information below.
A Guide to Buying U.S. Products
FAS offers a range of programs and services to assist
international buyers who wish to locate and source products and suppliers. FAS
also offers financing options through the Export Credit Guarantee Program. To
view the range of programs and services,
A Guide to Exporting to Kenya
First, obtain a Certificate of Conformity. Foodstuffs
exported to Kenya must have a Certificate of Conformity to Kenya and/or
International Standards. Click here for
Second, consider the applied duties. Import duties are 25%,
plus a 16% value-added tax (VAT).
Third, ensure proper labeling. Shipments must have dates of
manufacture and expiry in dd/mm/yy format, in English, and in the metric
system of measurement. Click here for details.
Fourth, the product must have at least 75% remaining shelf
life at time of arrival at destination.
Fifth, consider that shipments by sea freight take an
average of eight weeks from U.S. ports to the port of Mombasa. For details,
Trade Events (2008)
No trade events are scheduled at this time for Kenya,
Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia. To view the 2008-2009 Calendar of
USDA-Endorsed Trade Shows,
Latest Market and Trade Data
Market and Trade Data Exporter
Guide Annual (Kenya): This guide serves as a resource for U.S. companies
seeking to export high value consumer-oriented products to Kenya and the greater
East and Central African region. Kenya's geographical location, industrial
development and regional integration make it a major gateway to trade. This
guide provides practical tips on local business practices, consumer
characteristics, food standards and regulations, import and inspection
procedures. It also highlights opportunities and best high-value product
prospects. [Download Kenyan Exporter Guide 2007.]
Kenya's Retail Sector Market
Brief: A growing supermarket industry in Kenya is providing opportunities
for U.S. exporters of food and agricultural products looking at the Kenyan/East
African market. Suppliers able to provide smaller quantities through
consolidators should find the greatest chance for success. The retail market is
viable and vibrant. [View the Retail Sector Report 2007.]
Kenya's Biosafety Bill
Proposal: Kenya has a Draft Biosafety Bill and an approved National
Biotechnology Policy. The National Biotechnology Policy 2006 outlines the safety
procedures for biotechnology in the context of research development, technology
transfer and commercialization of products. The passage of the Biosafety Bill
into law is at an advanced stage. Currently, Kenya requires declaration of the
genetic modification status as stipulated in the Cartagena Protocol on
Biosafety. [View the Kenya Biotechnology Report 2007.]
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture: An access point to all USDA agencies and offices, as well as an
information source for USDA news and services.
Foreign Agricultural Service: Get more
information about FAS activities and services worldwide.
National Agricultural Library Home Page:
Provides agricultural information of all sorts. Find a wide variety of
information on agricultural trade and marketing, alternative farming systems,
animal welfare, aquaculture, biotechnology, food and nutrition, plant genome,
rural development, technology transfer, water quality, and more.
Kenya Bureau of Standards: Kenya Bureau of
Standards (KEBS) is the trade facilitator of Kenya with a primary function to
provide trade facilitation services in metrology, standards, testing and quality
management (MSTQ) including the WTO/TBT National Enquiry Point, certification,
and accreditation. KEBS ensures that no technical barriers to trade are created
while providing services in standardization and conformity assessment.
Kenya PVoC Program: The Kenya PVoC
program executes conformity assessment activities in the country of export to
minimize the risk that unsafe and sub-standard goods enter Kenya. This program
also ensures that Kenyan manufacturers are not subjected to unfair competition.
Reports: FAS attachés at posts around the world generate estimates related
to their host country's agricultural economy. Attaché Reports are generated
monthly, quarterly and yearly. The data produced is not official USDA data or
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services
(KEPHIS): KEPHIS is a regulatory agency for quality control of agricultural
input and produce in Kenya. KEPHIS coordinates all matters relating to crop
pests and disease control, advises the Director of Agriculture on appropriate
seeds and planting materials for export and import.
Contact Information for FAS/Nairobi
Office of Agricultural Affairs
Embassy of the United States of America
P.O. Box 606
Republic of Kenya
Tel: (27-12) 431-4057
Fax: (27-12) 342-2264
Embassy and Mission Offices: U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya
FAS Overseas Offices Page