Kenya has recommenced its chili exports to the European Union (EU) after implementing vital corrective measures.

Just two months ago, a Kenyan chili consignment was snagged upon entry into the EU, causing concern for this crucial market.

However, recent developments have painted a rosier picture for Kenyan exporters with the resumption of the lucrative market.

The managing director of Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis), Theophilus Muthui, revealed that Kenya and the EU have reached a comprehensive agreement on chili export standards.

Remarkably, there have been no interceptions reported in the past two months, marking a significant turnaround in the trade relationship.

In a strategic move to diminish the likelihood of future interceptions, the EU has contributed testing equipment worth Ksh3.1 million to Kenya. This equipment has been calibrated to meet EU standards, streamlining the clearance process for Kenyan consignments in the European market.

This development is poised to boost Kenyan shipments to the EU, which reached a staggering Ksh204 billion in 2022.

Moreover, Kephis disclosed that negotiations between Nairobi and Brussels have concluded on an ambitious trade agreement.

“Under this groundbreaking pact, the EU is set to eliminate tariffs and quotas on all Kenyan goods, with the exception of arms. This promising agreement signals a bright future for Kenya’s trade relations with the EU,” said Prof Mutui.

The latest development means Kenya has successfully surmounted the challenges posed by the intercepted chili consignment and is now back on track with uninterrupted exports to the European Union.

With the implementation of calibrated testing equipment and a promising trade agreement in the pipeline, Kenya’s economic prospects with the EU look brighter.