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How to get Export Processing Zones (EPZ) Business Service Permit in Kenya
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|How to get Export Processing Zones (EPZ) Business Service Permit in Kenya by Kenyans247(1): Tue Jan 2020 03:15pm|
EPZ Business service means a trade or business conducted in an EPZ by an entity which is not an EPZ enterprise. Any person may apply for an EPZ business service permit for eligible services (as set out in the schedule), to be carried out within an export processing zone.
Interested applicants submit an application form which provides information on the applicant, legal status, desired activity, location/space preferred, ownership, jobs to be created, evidence of relevant prior business experience and professional qualifications of staff to be hired.
The applicant also submits a business plan showing amounts to be invested and expected business outturn, along with copies of professional, business or occupational licenses and an application fee.
The Authority reviews the completed application and renders its decision within 30 days of application. Upon payment of the annual fee the EPZ business service permit is issued, valid for a period of 1 calendar year. The permit is not transferable.
Certificate of registration
Copies of professional, business or occupational licenses
Office Locations & Contacts
Export Processing Zones Authority
Administration Building, Viwanda Road,
off Nairobi-Namanga Highway,
Athi River, Kenya
P.O. Box 50563
VoIP Lines: 020-7606040/3
Cellphone (Safaricom):0713-051172/3; (Airtel):0786-683222/0733-683222
P.O. Box 89474,
VoIP lines: 020 7606043
Activities eligible for business service permit include:
Clearing and forwarding
Catering and Restaurant
Staff Recruitment and payroll services
Postal and telecommunication bureau
Office Service Bureau
Transportation services (freight and passenger)
Installation, repair and maintenance
Fitness club, sports club and gymnasium
Medical and related services
Laboratory, testing and quality certification services
Business Consultancy Services (eg. Marketing, training, legal)
Foreign Trade Mission (commercial trade offices)
International Disaster Relief Agencies
International Non-Governmental Organizations
Sole proprietorship - KShs 2,000
Partnership - KShs 6,000
Companies - KShs 20,000
Annual EPZ Business Permit Fees
Sole Proprietorship - KShs 6,000
Partnership - KShs 10,000
Companies and Privileged entities - KShs 20,000
Documents to Use
Application Forms and Permits
Application for an Export Processing Zones Business Service Permit
Criteria for Approval
The Activity should be within the listed eligible activities
The applicant should be professionally qualified and adequately experienced to undertake the proposed business activity with reasonable high probability of success as demonstrated by submission of sound business plan and qualifications of key staff and directors.
The applicant is a person/company of good financial and/or ethical standing as attested to by submission of relevant references
For non-privileged entities the activity will not compromise Government revenues and will be restricted to custom base located within the zone. In the case of privileged organizations the customer base may be international companies, international agencies, embassies, foreign governments, NGOs, or the Government of Kenya itself.
In a situation where, in the opinion of EPZ Authority, there is an inadequate customer base at a public zone (e.g. Athi River) and where all applicants meet all the conditions for a limited number permits (e.g. canteens), then the business permit will be issued through balloting.
Proposed business activity
Particulars of applicant/company
Name of applicant
Address of applicant
Previous business experience
Name of entity which undertake the business activity
Date of registration
Address of registered office
Particulars of directors/sole proprietor/partners
ID no. /passport no.
Main customers base of proposed business
Space required (in sq.m.)
Proposed number of employees
Name of Managing Director/General Manager and qualifications;
Signature of Applicant
Need for the Document
The Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZ) Business Service Permit is issued by the Export Processing Zones Authority for service activities conducted within an EPZ by firms located in the zone, but not requiring or eligible for an EPZ enterprise license.
Information which might help
EPZ Business service means a trade or business conducted in an EPZ by an entity which is not an EPZ enterprise.
The EPZ Business Service Permit is for service activities conducted within an EPZ by firms located in the zone, but not requiring or eligible for an EPZ enterprise license.
Agency: Export processing Zones Authority
Purpose: To offer business services to EPZ companies by no EPZ entities
Contact Office: Export Processing Zones Authority HQS Athi River
Resolution Criteria: establish evidence of ability to offer
EPZ Business Service Permit http://www.businesslicense.or.ke/index.php/license/details/id/601
Export Processing Zones Authority http://www.epzakenya.com/
Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development http://www.industrialization.go.ke/
Export Processing Zones Act CAP 517 http://www.kenyalaw.org:8181/exist/kenyalex/actview.xql?actid=CAP.%20517
Procedures for obtaining an EPZ Business Service Permit http://www.epzakenya.com/index.php/investment-information/license-procedures.html
The Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) is a State Corporation, under the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development.
The Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) is a state corporation established by the Government of Kenya through an Act of Parliament - the Export Processing Zones Act (Cap 517 of the Laws of Kenya) for the promotion and facilitation of export-oriented investment and the development of an enabling environment for such investments. Over the years, the Export Processing Zones Program has registered impressive growth. This growth has enabled the program to achieve its objectives of employment creation, expansion and diversification of exports; increase in productive investment, generation of foreign exchange earnings, technological transfer and creation of linkages with the customs territory.
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