Anticipated increase in the price of excise duty stamps as the KRA calls for comments on the Draft Excise Duty Regulations

In a bid to meet its ambitious revenue targets, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has reviewed the Excise Duty (Excisable Goods Management System) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and published the Excise Duty (Excisable Goods Management System) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023 (Regulations).

19 Jan 2023 3 min read Tax & Exchange Control Alert Article

At a glance

  • The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has published the Excise Duty (Excisable Goods Management System) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023, aiming to increase revenue collection. The proposed regulations lift some exemptions on excise stamp fees, broaden the scope of use for collected fees, and revise stamp fees for certain excisable goods.
  • The amendments include requiring excise stamps on electronic cigarettes, liquid nicotine, and other nicotine delivery devices, as well as bottled or packaged water. The excise stamp fees will increase for these products.
  • The KRA will utilize the revenue collected from excise stamps to finance compliance management activities in the excise sector, expanding the current use limited to maintaining the Excisable Goods Management System. Public comments on the proposed regulations are invited until 3 February 2023, with the intended effective date set for 1 March 2023.

The Regulations propose lifting some of the existing exemptions on excise stamp fees, widening the scope of use of the excise stamp fees collected by the Commissioner General, and revising the existing stamp fees for specified excisable goods. Members of the public and stakeholders are invited to submit their comments for consideration by 3 February 2023. The KRA anticipates that the Regulations will take effect from 1 March 2023.

Extension of the scope of goods subject to excise stamp fees

Regulation 3 has been amended to require every package of excisable goods manufactured or imported into Kenya and listed in the second schedule to be affixed with an excise stamp. The newly listed goods in the schedule include electronic cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices, liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes, and products containing nicotine or nicotine substitutes intended for inhalation without combustion or oral application but excluding approved medicinal products. The excise stamp fee for such products is KES 5 per stamp.

Additionally, the Regulations will now require all bottled or packaged water to be affixed with an excise stamp of KES 0.5 per stamp. Previously, the excise stamp fee applied only to mineral water and aerated water under tariff 2201.10.00, although the KRA collected excise stamp fees from bottled and packaged water regardless.

Increase in excise stamp fees

In the table below we have outlined a summary of the category of excisable goods, the excise stamp fee previously levied and the proposed change.

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Management of excise stamp revenue

The Regulations have proposed amendments to allow the KRA to utilise the revenue collected from the excise stamps to finance compliance management activities of the excise sector. Currently, the KRA can only use the revenue to maintain the Excisable Goods Management System.


Importers and producers of the affected excisable goods are likely to pass on the increased fees for excise stamps to consumers. The KRA should therefore be keen to consider comments from stakeholders and the public.

The next step after the KRA has considered stakeholders’ comments is for National Treasury to present them to a parliamentary committee to review and scrutinize them within 28 sitting days. The Regulations will then be tabled in Parliament where a resolution will be passed on whether to approve or reject the amendments.

In the spirit of public participation, members of the public are encouraged to submit their comments and inputs for consideration before 3 February 2023. The Excise Duty (Excisable Goods Management System (Amendment) Regulations 2023 are set to commence on 1 March 2023. Comments can be made directly to the KRA through the email provided in the notice available at this here. Alternatively, send your comments to CDH using by 27 January 2023 and the firm will consolidate and share the comments with the KRA.

You can find the proposed Excise Duty (Excisable Goods Management System) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023 here.

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