The Star (Nairobi)

25 August 2014

Kenya: Japan Inspection Firm Dismisses KEBS Blacklisting

CAR inspection firm Jevic has said its certification is still valid, raising confusion among importers, after Kenya Bureau of Standards recently announced termination of its contract with the Japanese firm.

In a media release published yesterday, Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Centre Ltd said it follows all procedures issued by Kebs and has always operated professionally. Last Monday, Kebs issued a notice to car importers that its contract with Jevic has been terminated. The contract was to end on January 15.

"All bookings and inspections continue for Kenya as per normal procedures. Jevic's certification is valid and accepted by Kebs and the Kenya Revenue Authority," said the firm in the statement.

Jevic has been on the spot several times before. Last year, officials from Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission and KRA for facilitating importation of vehicles that are prohibited by the Kenyan law.

The law stipulates that any vehicle that is more than seven years old should not be imported into the country. Jevic inspects vehicles that are imported from Japan and Dubai for use in Kenya at the point of origin on behalf of Kebs.

Last month, parliament threatened to blacklist the firm after claims that it was approving importation of vehicles that are contaminated with radioactive material. The firm has previously denied that they are knowingly approved importation of some over age cars.

"Since 2009 Jevic has served Kebs in the capacity of inspection service provider and have what we believe is an exemplary record of inspection conduct," said the firm yesterday.

"This is further supported by the positive indpendent audits of our operations and procedures, conducted every year by Kebs officials." The issue of vehicle inspection for cars coming into Kenya cost the former Kebs managing director Eva Oduor last year.

Other than Jevic, vehicles destined for import into Kenya are inspected by two other firms, Quality Inspection Service Japan and Auto Terminal Japan. The Car importers association of Kenya said yesterday it is comfortable with Jevic as an inspection company.

"We as car importers don't have a problem with Jevic. They have been inspecting vehicles being imported into the country for long and they are good at what they are doing," said association chairman Peter Otieno.

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