This article focuses on the necessary requirements for meat export in Kenya. Kenya exports meat and meat products to international markets such as Middle East, East Africa (Tanzania and Uganda), Central Africa and North Africa in countries such as Sudan and Egypt.
Kenya Meat Commission is the biggest and modern licensed meat exporter in Kenya. The commission exports an average of 500 tons of fresh and frozen goat, lamb and beef by air, road and sea every week. It also exports meat by-products, canned products, special prime cuts and value-added products such as meatballs, pet food and marinated products.
Requirements For Meat Export In Kenya
1. Export Health Certificate from Veterinary services, under the Ministry of Livestock, Kabete.
2. Processing license from Veterinary services. Officials from the Veterinary services will inspect your facility to ensure all requirements are met before issuing the processing license. They look at factors such as hygiene, processing standards and production quality management.
Processing license is automatically given to all food processing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certificate holders.
3. Health Certificate. Every shipment will be accompanied by a health certificate from Veterinary Services.
4. Certificate of Origin. Every shipment will be accompanied by a certificate of origin from the Kenya Revenue Authority, Customs Department or Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This depends on the country of destination.
5. Other requirements by the importing country. The importing country may specify requirements. More information on this can be obtained from the Veterinary services under the Ministry of Livestock, Kabete. The Ministry of Livestock, Kabete is the competent authority when it comes to animal and animal products in the country.