Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has rolled out a new generation of excise stamps for excisable goods as part of its strategy to continuously review and improve the security features of excise stamps to deter counterfeiting. The excisable products covered include alcoholic beverages, tobacco and tobacco products, water, soft drinks and juices. KRA informed key stakeholders in the excise industry including all manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers of excisable goods, of the rollout through a public notice published on 30th November 2021.
The introduction of the new excise stamps is in line with the provisions of the Excise Duty (Excisable Goods Management System) Regulations, 2017 that requires all excisable products manufactured in or imported to Kenya, with the exception of motor vehicles, be affixed with excise stamps.
The new generation stamps have enhanced security features leveraging on technology which are meant to deter counterfeiting. The security features that can be verified using stamp verification tools provided to enforcement officers. Members of the public can also verify the stamps using the Soma label mobile phone app available on Google Play Store or Apple Store.
The rollout will be implemented in three (3) phases with the first one targeting wines, spirits, ready to drink beverages, beer and other tobacco products. Water, soft drinks and juices will have the new stamps from 28th December 2021, whereas tobacco products and keg beer will be covered from 1st February 2022. A user guide on this is available on the KRA website.