The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) will from July 1, 2014 be issuing ALL ORDINARY CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN including those that are currently being issued by Kenya Bureau of Standards. In this regard, KEBS will cease to issue the COOs henceforth.
The Chamber has welcomed move and a pledged to promote trade development as issuing of COOs is a role traditionally played by Chamber of Commerce globally.
As you may recall up until late 1990’s the KNCCI was the body mandated with issuance of non-preferential (ordinary) and preferential COOs. The Preferential COOs included Euro1, Generalized System of Preferences (GSPs), EAC, COMESA and AGOA. These will continue to be issued by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). Since this is the initial step of consolidating the issuance of all we will keep you informed of further developments.