Kenya commenced the implementation of its track and trace technology in 2013 when the Excisable Goods Management System (EGMS) was progressively rolled out.
It was also noted that other than the excise laws, there are other laws in Kenya that require products to be marked for different purposes. In view of this, some products end up with multiple marks/stamps and manufacturers and importers must incur additional cost for acquiring the multiple marks as well as affixing them.
Kenya is in the process of reviewing the multiple regimes for product marking with a view to consolidating all regimes into one integrated product marking system.
This is expected to create synergy in the fight against illicit trade by bringing together the agencies responsible for fighting tax evasion, illicit trade and counterfeits, among other issues. In addition, it is expected to improve the ease of doing business in the country by reducing the cost of acquiring government marks, the cost of affixing the marks, and the time taken to obtain approvals from the multiple government agencies, among other benefits.