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Kenya’s KBES develops new protocol for import of used clothes


As per a report by the Kohan Textile Journal, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KBES) has developed a new protocol for importers and dealers of used clothes. Developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, the protocol mandates these importers and dealers to ensure their consignment is subjected to physical examination and certification.

The protocol also mandates used clothes and shoes to be cleaned and fumigated before baling. It directs each consignment to be packed in clear transparent and waterproof material.

Additionally, all importers and dealers need to be registered with KEBS and adhere to the COVID-19 prevention protocols issued by the Ministry of Health. A month ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta had directed Trade and Industrialization Cabinet Secretary, Betty Maina to establish acceptable protocols for lifting the ban on import of second hand clothes and footwear. According to Maina, the directive was aimed at safeguarding the health of Kenyans who regularly purchase second hand clothes. It was also meant to promote the local textile industries in the country during a period that has seen other sectors face challenges.


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