The Government of Kenya (GOK) encourages export certification of almost all foods before they are exported to Kenya for human and animal consumption. Exporters and consolidators of U.S. food products may obtain a certificate of conformity (COC) through the GOK’s PVoC. The GOK maintains inspection contracts with Société Générale De Surveillance S.A. (SGS) and Intertek International Ltd to operate its PVoC program for North American exports.
Of the 39 million Kenyan consumers, only an estimated 2-4 million can afford to buy consumer-ready foods. FAS/Nairobi forecasts Kenyan imports of consumer-ready foods at $121 million during calendar year 2010, with the United States supplying ten percent of the total, mostly through consolidators.