Kebs stamps shortage cuts supply of imported goods - 7 months ago, 12 July 06:58

By: Neville Otuki

Kenyan consumers may be headed for an acute shortage of rice, toothpaste and a range of beauty products in the wake of a three-week blockade on imported stocks in the ongoing fight against fake quality mark stickers.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) stopped issuing the new import standardisation mark (ISM) stickers following a recent discovery that millions of fakes were in circulation.

Imported finished goods cannot trade in Kenya without the stickers.

The blockade has forced dealers to hold on to any fresh stock of consumer products, including toothpaste, detergents and sanitary towels, in their warehouses because trading in such goods without the stickers amounts to a criminal offence.

“Consumer products like rice, which are fast-moving, will be affected most if this is not sorted out immediately,” Naivas Supermarkets chief operating officer Willy Kimani said.

“We simply cannot restock imported goods without the ISM stickers because it’s a criminal offence. We’d rather have empty ...
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