Second hand clothes and shoes have been banned from Kenya until otherwise advised, says the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). This is According to a public notice appearing in today’s local dailies to importers.
This is a precautionary measure by KEBS as part of the government’s efforts to combat the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
“As a precautionary measure, KEBS wishes to notify the General Public and all importers of used garments (Mitumba) and used shoes that the importation of used garments and footwear is hereby prohibited with immediate effect until further notice,” said Lt. Col. (Rtd) Bernard Njiraini, Managing Director, KEBS.
He says the ban conforms to the requirements of the applicable Kenya Standards that prohibit imports from a country experiencing an epidemic.
“This is in pursuant to the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic and in line with the requirements of the applicable Kenya Standards, the codes of practice for inspection and acceptance of used garments (Mitumba) and used footwear, that no consignment of used garments and used footwears shall be accepted from a country experiencing an epidemic.”
KEBS is monitoring the situation closely and will give regular updates on the guidelines.