Business Tidbits

Code Number

All companies involved in export business are required to have a Code number issued by the Department of Customs KRA(Forodha House). The code number can be processed as you wait on presentation of one of the following documents:

  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation
  • Copy of Certificate of Registration of Business Name

An exporter should pay Kshs 200 for the Exporter’s Code Number at Co-operative Bank and National Bank only.


19 Member States
Population of 430 million (2008)
Annual import bill of around US$ 152 billion (2008)
Annual export bill of over US$ 157 billion (2008)
Kenya’s exports to the COMESA in 2009 amounted to Kshs 112,893,646,580

East African Community (EAC)

The EAC markets forms a major market place for both internal and external trading.
The EAC originally comprised of three partner states, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and was later joined by Rwanda and Burundi in 2007. The five members EAC have a population of about 125-127 million people as opposed to a domestic market of only 36 million people in Kenya.
EAC Common External Tariff is in force which is uniform application of all goods entering the EAC market.
Regional and National Monitoring Committees are also in place to address issues related to Non-Tariff Barriers affecting trade within the region.
Increased trade has been recorded on Kenya’s exports to the region which rose from Kshs. 74.4 billion in 2005 to Kshs. 90.5 billion in 2009.

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