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How to get Export Processing Zones (EPZ) Manufacturing License in Kenya

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How to get Export Processing Zones (EPZ) Manufacturing License in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Tue Jan 2020 04:10pm
The investor contacts the Export Processing Zones Authority with his initial project proposal and discusses it in some detail to see whether the intended activities are suitable for the EPZ scheme. The Authority provides the investor with appropriate application forms and the investor completes these and returns them to the Authority with a US$ 250 fee. The application covers such issues as intended company name, product description, shareholders, production flow chart, machinery requirements, production costs, intended markets, sources of technological know-how, project cost, sources of finance, employment created, utility requirements and intended location.

Within 30 days of receipt of the completed application the Authority advises the investor of the decision to accept, reject or accept with modifications the proposed investment project.

The approved applicant completes the registration of an EPZ company in Kenya whose articles of association and memoranda reflect only EPZ related activities.

The new firm is then issued with a letter of approval which will enable it to establish its activities in a gazetted export processing zone. This approval letter may have terms and conditions attached to it including:-

permitted activities
permitted volume of sales to the Kenyan market
date by which the firm must have commenced exports

Required Documents
Application is in form (completed and signed where required)
Flow Chart
Project implementation timetable
Bank Reference letter attesting to the directors reputation at the bank and the duration of account
2 letters from buyers showing interest in purchasing your products
Application fee

Office Locations & Contacts
Export Processing Zones Authority
Head Office
Administration Building, Viwanda Road,
off Nairobi-Namanga Highway,
Athi River, Kenya
P.O. Box 50563
Nairobi 00200
ISDN +254-45-6621000
VoIP Lines: 020-7606040/3
Cellphone (Safaricom):0713-051172/3; (Airtel):0786-683222/0733-683222

Mombasa Office
P.O. Box 89474,
VoIP lines: 020 7606043
Wireless: 020-3555361

An investor who wishes to engage in export-oriented manufacturing or processing business.

License Costs

Application - US $ 250
Annual License - US $ 1,000

One year

Documents to Use
Application Forms and Permits

Application Form for EPZ Enterprise Manufacturing License

Sample Documents
Sample Manufacturing Application Form

Processing Time
30 days

Contact Office: Export Processing Zones Authority HQS Athi River

Resolution Criteria: Project must be exported oriented

Guidelines for Filling EPZE (I) Manufacturing Application Form

Complete the application form EPZE (I) for EPZ manufacturing enterprise license. 1 set is sufficient. It is a three page, two sided form with 6 annexes. Please use bold print or type in the MS Word form downloaded from Internet. Sign and date where indicated.
A sample of a properly completed form is available from EPZA for your guidance.

Required Information
Proposed Products
HS Code(s)

Particulars of Directors
Identity Card No. /Passport No.
Residential Address

Cost of proposed project (KShs)
Land (specify area)
Buildings (Specify covered area)
Pre-operational expenditure
Working capital requirement

Authorized capital
Sources of fund

Service flow chart and equipment required
Sales schedule
Requirement of machinery
Domestic markets

Service pricing (for each service activity, provide the percentage cost breakdown in terms of price)
Location of premises
Source of technical know-how
Signature of Applicant
Details on manpower requirements for the project
Details on electricity requirement for the project
Details on water requirement for the project
Details of telecommunication requirement for the project
Details of port and airport requirements for the project
Environmental checklist

Need for the Document
The Export Processing Zones (EPZ) Manufacturing License is one of the EPZ enterprises licenses for companies directly involved in export-oriented business activities of manufacturing or processing.

Information which might help
No person shall carry on business as an export processing zone enterprise or hold himself out as providing or maintaining activities or facilities within an export processing zone enterprise unless he has been licensed as an export processing zone enterprise.
The Authority may, on receiving application in the prescribed form, issue a license to any person to carry on business as an export processing zone developer, or an export processing zone operator or an export processing zone enterprise and every license issued under the Licenses section of the Export Processing Zones Act shall be in the prescribed form.
The Authority shall, before issuing a license allowing commercial activities, consult with the Commercial-General of the Kenya Revenue Authority.
The Authority shall give notice to the Kenya Revenue Authority of every Export Processing Zone enterprise licensed under the Licenses section of the Export Processing Zones Act specifying
the activities in respect of which the enterprise is licensed and shall, in relation to commercial activities, indicate whether the enterprise is permitted to deal in goods not directly related to its manufacturing activities; and
any conditions attached to the license.
No export processing zone enterprise shall be established, unless the export processing zone enterprise holds a valid license issued by the Authority.
The license shall be granted by the Authority if the application is found to meet the objectives of the Export Processing Zones Act and if the proposed business enterprise
is incorporated in Kenya, whether or not it is one hundred percent foreign owned, for the sole purpose of producing goods or services for export within an export processing zone;
proposes to engage in any activity or activities eligible to be undertaken by an export processing zone enterprise in the export processing zone;
shall not have a deleterious impact on the environment, or engage in unlawful activities, impinging on national security or may prove to be a health hazard; and
conducts business in accordance with the laws for the time being in force save for any exemptions that may from time to time be granted.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate
The export processing zone enterprises, the export processing zone developers and the export processing zone operators are granted exemption from all existing and future taxes and duties payable under the Customs and Excise Act (Cap. 472) and Value Added Tax Act on all export processing zone imports for use in the eligible business activities of the export processing zone enterprise including machinery and equipment, spare parts, tools, raw materials, intermediate goods, construction materials and equipment, office equipment and supplies, and transportation equipment subject to the limitations on goods specified in the Second Schedule to the Export Processing Zones Act and according to the conditions specified in the Customs and Excise Act and the Value Added Tax Act.

External Links
Export Processing Zones Authority

Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development

Export Processing Zones Act CAP 517

Procedures for obtaining an EPZ Enterprise License

EPZ Enterprise (Manufacturing)

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

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