How to do business in Kenya
Kenya’s legal system is based on English law and practice. You should seek professional legal advice as the tax and legal obligations of each business structure can differ. Contact Gikera & Vadgama Advocates for legal support. Visit: www.gvalawfirm.com, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) is responsible for the preparation, adoption and application of standards for imported and domestically manufactured products. All products must have a test certificate from an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory. See: www.kebs.org
Intellectual property rights (IPR)
Kenya is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). It is also a signatory for the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Patent Co-operation Treaty.
The Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) has responsibility for administering industrial property rights and protection. See: www.kipi.go.ke
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the official UK Government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright, can also provide further information and advice: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/intellectual-property-office
Tax and customs considerations
Kenya has the following direct and indirect taxes:
customs and excise duties
value added tax (VAT)
personal income tax
More information can be found from the Kenya Revenue Authority, see: www.kra.go.ke or by contacting the Department for International Trade (DIT) Kenya. See: www.gov.uk/government/world/
You can find more about import tariffs in the European Commission Market Access Database. See: www.madb.europa.eu/madb/indexPubli.htm
Companies need a number of documents to set up in Kenya, including:
Certificate of Registration
Company PIN Number
Department for International Trade (DIT) Kenya can give advice on these documents. See: www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/uk-trade-investment-kenya#contact-us, or see the ‘Resources’ section later in this guide.
It is also essential to obtain or issue receipts and invoices whenever transacting to avoid potential disputes.
UK Export Finance
Do not forget that you may be entitled to support from UK Export Finance. See: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance. The government can provide finance or credit insurance specifically to support UK exports through UK Export Finance – the UK’s export credit agency. See: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance
For up-to-date country-specific information on the support available see: UK Export Finance’s country cover policy and indicators at: www.gov.uk/guidance/country-cover-policy-and-indicators. Details for Kenya are available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/country-cover-policy-and-indicators#kenya
[Source: Department for International Trade/BCCK/UKEF/gov.uk]
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