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Used car importers to pay Sh5,000 Kephis spraying fee

Second hand car imports await clearance at the Mombasa port. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Second hand car imports await clearance at the Mombasa port. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Importers of used motor vehicles could soon start paying a Sh5,000 inspection fee as part of the renewed effort to prevent importation of foreign pests.

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) says in a draft legal notice that importers of second-hand cars, motorcycles and tractors will be required to pay the fee before they are allowed to enter the Kenyan market.

“Our objective is to prevent entry of pests. This is part of a new international standard on pest control,” Kephis managing director Esther Kimani said.

Ms Kimani reckons that used motor vehicles are part of the means through which new pests are introduced in the country and needed to be properly managed. Used car dealers have opposed the fee, describing it as exorbitant.

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