How to get Trading Licence In Kenya

Trade is a basic economic concept involving the buying and selling of goods and services, with compensation paid by a buyer to a seller, or the exchange of goods or services between parties.

If you are starting a trade business you may need to submit a trade license application before you can start to trade.

What are the requirements?

1. Agent(s) appointment letter(s) (copy)
Detailing their contacts and areas of operations and their identification documents.

2. Certificate of incorporation (copy)
A certified copy.

3. Articles of associaton (copy) A certified copy.

4. Form CR 2 (copy) A certified copy.

5. Shareholder’s list-Form CR 12 (copy)

6. Valid tax compliance certificate (copy)

7. Knowledge and experience (copy)
Description of the applicant’s knowledge and experience of minerals dealings in Kenya or elsewhere.

8. Bank statement (copy)
Of the company for at least six (6) months. or Audited financial statement (copy)
Of the company for at least six (6) months.

Additionally, for newly registered companies (less than six months old)

  1. Bank statement (copy)
    Of one of the Directors, of the last six months.

2. Sworn affidavit (copy)
As proof of financial capability for newly registered companies.

Entity in charge


Madini House, Machakos Road, Industrial Area, P.O. Box 30009, Nairobi 00100
Tel: +254 202 723 101

How much is a trading Licence in Kenya?

The licensing fee is Ksh.10,000. Forms and cards cost 1200, and stamps cost Birr 1000.

How do I get a trading license in Kenya?

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  1. Register with eCitizen. language.
  2. Pay for business name reservation.
  3. Obtain name approval.
  4. Assessment of application.
  5. Pay for business name registration.
  6. Obtain certificate of registration.
  7. Verification of business permit application form.
  8. Assessment of business license fee.