Maize Importers to Present AFA IMIS Certificate for Clearance at Border
The Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) has asked all importers of maize to register through the AFA IMIS system and present a copy of the certificate of registration to the inspector at the border point.
This follows the presidential directive of clearing maize tracks at the Tanzanian border points within two weeks,
In a press statement, AFA indicated that upon successful application, the importer shall be issued with a registration certificate online within the same day of application.
“The importer shall then present documents currently used at the border points and contain the consignment details,” the statement says.
The documents include a Certificate of Conformity (COC) from a competent Authority in the exporting country and evidence of the safety of the consignments. This will ensure that the produce will not be subjected to any further analysis. However, a sample may be taken randomly for confirmatory tests. And the inspector shall validate the registration certificate against a register of the importer already registered by the Food directorate.
The inspector will then verify the documents against each consignment by physically inspecting the consignments and issuing a release order for each consignment that has met the requirements to accompany the consignments to the point of offloading.
“Each consignment will have to meet the maximum permissible aflatoxin levels of 10ppb. In the absence of a COC, the importer shall provide to the inspector a certificate of analysis from a competent laboratory with ISO: 17025 accreditations in the country of origin.” Read the statement in part.
The consignments according to AFA shall also undergo 100 percent sampling and testing by a competent laboratory with ISO: 17025 accreditations to the relevant scope in Kenya at the importers’ cost.
In March of this year, Kenya had banned maize from Uganda and Tanzania, raising concerns over high levels of aflatoxin in the grain coming in from these countries.
However, during a joint session of Kenya and Tanzanian business community in Nairobi that was attended by the Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, President Uhuru Kenyata gave a directive that maize blocked at the borders be cleared within two weeks.
The government has also lifted the ban but put in place stringent measures that traders bringing in the produce have to meet before they are cleared.