If you have been buying used car parts to fix your car and save some cash for fuel, the government has reduced your options.
Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has banned the importation of more than 15 used car parts through a notice sent out to pre-shipment cargo inspectors.
The notice which is based on the agency’s standard KS2190:2013, prohibits the importation of used:
- Spark plugs
- Clutch plates
- Brake pads
- Brake hose pipes
- Rubber bushes
- Pressure plates
- Rack ends
- Ball joints
- Brake cables
- Clutch cables
According to Business Daily, tens of thousands of Kenyans are involved in the business of trading used car parts. The traders who are mostly based in Kirinyaga Road, Grogon and Industrial Area in Nairobi, import the spare parts from Japan and Dubai.
The move, is likely to affect traders of the used car spare parts who make a killing out of the business.
“It is not realistic to allow people to import used cars from Japan and then restrict imports of parts. We have invested a lot in this trade, we usually buy used cars in Japan before (extracting) parts from them, we don’t just buy parts as isolated materials the way some people may imagine,” said Kenya Used Motor Parts Importers Association (Kumpia) Secretary General, Eliud Riika.