How To Export Avocado In Kenya

How To Export Avocado In Kenya

What is Exportation?

To Export means to take or cause to be taken out of the Partner State.

In accordance with the provisions of Sec.73 of the EACCMA 2004, goods for Exportation shall be entered (declared) in the prescribed manner and the owner furnishes customs with the full particulars, supported by documentary evidence, of the goods referred to in the entry. The goods declared shall be exported within thirty days from the date of entry.

In this article Keweb. co tries to answer the question by publishing the ways one can Export Avocado in Kenya

Below are the most helpful ways to Export Avocado in Kenya

To export Kenyan avocados, an HCDA export license, phytosanitary, and conformity certificates from KEPHIS, Euro 1 Certificate, Global GAP Certification, MRL limit compliance, and BRC certification are required.

All avocado exports from Kenya should present the following certificates:

Laboratory test report: Prior to the issuance of a phytosanitary certificate for the export of avocados, the consignment has to be sampled and tested to determine the maturity of the crop and oil content, among other factors.

Sampling and analysis of the avocados are done by AFA Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD), which issues a laboratory test report and clears the consignment for export. 

Phytosanitary certificate (for fresh produce): A phytosanitary certificate certifies that plants & plant products are free from regulated pests and conform with other phytosanitary requirements of the importing country.

Traders are required to obtain a phytosanitary certificate for each consignment and are expected to know the market requirements of their intended export market. The certificate is issued by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS).

Certificate of origin: The Certificate of Origin (COO) is an international trade document that certifies that a certain product being exported is wholly manufactured, produced, processed, or obtained from the exporting country.

Non-preferential certificate of origin: A non-preferential certificate of origin is an export document issued by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) that confirms the country of origin of goods being exported. The AfCFTA certificate of origin is issued by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Rules of Origin Section.

Preferential certificate of origin: For the Free Trade Agreements that Kenya has; COMESA, AGOA, GSP, EAC, and EU.

Export certificate: An export certificate is issued by the AFA Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) to an exporter of horticultural produce (fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, and flowers) as an indication that AFA HCD has cleared the consignment for export.

Other certificates will be requested according to the country or region of destination.

As most of the Kenyan avocados are heading to the EU, the export requirement are based on the EU’s  prerequisites

  • An export license from HCDA
  • Phytosanitary and conformity certificates from KEPHIS
  • Euro 1 Certificate (For EU Market)
  • Global GAP Certification
  • MRL limit compliance (EU)
  • For UK supermarkets, they require BRC certification

Where can I export avocados from Kenya?

Avocado is Kenya’s leading fruit export, representing about 17% of the country’s total horticultural exports. Kenya mainly exports avocados to Europe and the Middle East.

How much is avocado exported from Kenya?

The Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) says Kenya’s avocado exports in 2020 jumped 15% to about 79,000 metric tonnes over the 12 months to October.

They earned Kenya Sh14 billion. Kenya netted Sh10. 6 billion from about 63,000 tonnes of fruit exported over a similar period in 2019.

Who is the largest exporter of avocados in Kenya?

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Murang’a leads in the production of avocados with more than 80 percent of the produce destined for the export market. The following companies are the top exporters of avocados in Kenya. Kakuzi Limited is a renowned company that produces, packs, and export avocadoes.