Kenya - Trade BarriersKenya - Trade Barriers
Non-tariff barriers include the requirement to obtain a Certificate of Conformity from a Kenya Bureau of Standards appointed pre-export verification of conformity (PVoC) partner and the obligation to obtain an Import Standards Mark (ISM) for a list of sensitive products imported into Kenya. In January 2015, Intertek was awarded a further contract by KEBS to operate the PVoC program on KEBS behalf in regions such as parts of Europe including the UK, North America, Latin America, China, Australasia, Western Africa, Indian subcontinent, and the UAE. Some U.S. firms may find packaging and labeling requirements difficult to meet. The lack of enforcement of intellectual property rights protection on videos, music, and computer software makes some U.S. firms reluctant to export these goods and services to Kenya.
Kenya's twelve tax treaties generally follow the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development model for the prevention of double taxation of income. There is no double tax treaty between Kenya and the United States.