Kenya recently exported its first 52-tonne shipment of omena (anchovies) to China. The shipment arrived in the Chinese Hunan Province on Monday, September 11.
Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Zhou Pingjian, noted that the exportation is a significant milestone for Kenya, especially those living around the lake region.
Omena is a small, oily fish that is popular in Kenya. It is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The fish is typically fried or grilled and eaten as a snack or side dish.
The export of omena to China is expected to boost the Kenyan economy. It will create jobs for fishermen and fish processors, and it will also generate foreign exchange earnings.
The Chinese Ambassador to Kenya noted that the Chinese market is a large and growing market for fish, and there is a strong demand for omena in China.
Here are the steps on how to export omena from Kenya to China:
1. Obtain the necessary permits and licenses:
Anyone intending to export omena to China will first obtain an export permit from the Kenya Fisheries Service. After which the business person will also seek a phytosanitary certificate from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service.
The business person also needs to obtain other permits or licenses, depending on the specific requirements of China.
An export permit is a document issued by the government of Kenya that authorizes the export of certain goods. The permit is required for the export of a variety of goods, including dual-use goods, which can be used for both civilian and military purposes.
The application process for an export permit varies depending on the type of goods being exported. However, the general process for omena traders begins with filling a form at Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service offices.
The exporter must complete an application form and provide supporting documentation, such as a sales contract, certificate of origin, and phytosanitary certificate.
Apart from KEPHIS, the trader should also consider seeking certification from Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
2. Find a Chinese importer
Omena traders will have to find Chinese importers through online directories, trade fairs, or other channels.
Once they have found a potential importer, they will need to negotiate a contract that specifies the terms of the sale, such as the price, quantity, and delivery terms.
3. Pack and ship the omena
The omena must be packed and shipped in accordance with the requirements of the Chinese government.
The traders will need to use a reputable shipping company that has experience exporting food products to China.
4. Clear Customs in China
When the omena arrives in China, it will need to be cleared through customs. The importer will be responsible for this process.
5. Make Sure the Omena is of High Quality
The Chinese market is very competitive, so you need to make sure that your product is up to the standards of Chinese consumers.
6. Get the Right Documentation
The Chinese government has strict requirements for imported food products. Make sure that you have all of the necessary documentation in order to avoid delays or problems at customs.
7. Work With a Reputable Shipping Company
A good shipping company will be able to help you navigate the complex export process and ensure that your omena arrives in China safely and on time.