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Kenya: KNCCI to Solely Issue Certificate of OriginTuesday, June 24, 2014 > 09:34:17
Exporters who require the Ordinary Certificate of Origin will now obtain it only from the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry starting next month.
The Ordinary Certificate of Origin usually affects goods destined for the Middle East, India, Russia, and Eastern and Central European markets.
The function has previously been performed partly by Kenya Bureau of Standards after internal leadership wrangles wrecked KNCCI over control of its assets. The trade lobby group was eventually destabilised but has since recovered.
"... the mandate of the issuance of the Certificate of Origin will fully revert back to the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry with effect from July 1, 2014," KNCCI's chief executive Charles Mbogori said in a Press notice on Friday.
The certificate identifies export goods manufactured in the country so as to enjoy preferential treatment on entry into the destination markets.
"The purpose of the Certificate of Origin is to indicate the origin of exports so that they can enjoy preferential duty entry into the export market depending on the prevailing trade arrangement between Kenya and the importing country," the Export Promotion Council states.
The certificates will be available at the KNCCI offices in Nairobi and Mombasa, Mbogori said.
"This is a plus for us," said vice-chair Laban Onditi at briefing on Friday.
KNCCI earns revenue from issuance of the certificates.
The Kenya Revenue Authority's customs department retains the mandate of issuing certificates for other trade preference regimes such as Comesa, EU, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (for textile exports to the US) and the Generalised System of Preferences.
The GSP Certificate is applied under the unilateral trade arrangement, where donor countries grant preferential duties to goods originating in certain developing or least developed countries.
Donor countries in this trade arrangement include Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the US, Belarus, Bulgaria, Russia and the EU.