ANNOUNCEMENT 02 Mar 2020

On 2 March 2020, the government of Kenya has banned the export of face masks following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

Independent, (4.3.2020), “Coronavirus: Kenya Bans Exporting Face Masks”. Available at: https://www.independent.ng/coronavirus-kenya-bans-exporting-face-masks/

The EastAfrican, (3.3.2020), “Coronavirus: Kenyan firms banned from exporting face masks”. Available at: https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/ea/Export-of-gas-masks-banned/4552908-5476304-rtk8av/index.html

Soko Directory, (3.3.2020),” Kenya Bans Export of Face Masks As Demand Skyrockets Internationally”. Available at: https://sokodirectory.com/2020/03/kenya-bans-export-of-face-masks-as-demand-skyrockets-internationally/

Pulselive, (3.3.2020), “It's Illegal to export this product from Kenya due to Coronavirus outbreak”. Available at: https://www.pulselive.co.ke/news/kenyan-government-bans-exportation-of-n95-and-3-ply-surgical-masks-amid-coronavirus/e49g9l3

Inception date: 02 Mar 2020 | Removal date: open ended

Export ban

On 2 March 2020, the government of Kenya has banned the export of face masks until further notice. The decision is taken as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Concerning the decision Kenya Medical Supplies Authority’s (Kemsa) chief executive officer Jonah Manjari stated that “the government had banned local manufacturers and distributors from exporting N95 AND 3 ply surgical masks to ensure that the country has enough stock as part of its emergency plan.”

The decision is taken following the executive order by President Uhuru that established a National Emergency Response Committee which would spearhead Kenya’s efforts to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.

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