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What you need to Know when importing a car into Kenya

Importing used cars in KenyaRules

  1. Not more than eight years old. The law is very strict about this, according to the Kenya Bureau of Standards KS 1515:2000. For example, for the year 2019, only vehicles manufactured in or after 2012 are allowed.
  2. There is one port of entry for imported used cars in Kenya from Japan or other countries, and the Port is Mombasa. It is where ships offload their cargo.
  3. The imported vehicle must be Right-hand drive. Left-hand drive vehicles are not allowed for registration unless they are for a particular purpose.
  4. The used vehicles must pass a safety and mechanical inspection.

Duty Payments For Importing Used Car From Japan To Kenya

When importing cars to Kenya, you will have to pay a lot of taxes. They are expensive, but there is no better options. So to make your buying process smooth, knowing and understanding the taxes below is very helpful.

The following taxes/duties are payable for motor vehicle imports based on customs value;

  1. Import Duty (25%)
  2. Excise Duty. This duty varies with vehicle category.                                                                                            Private passenger vehicles of Diesel engine whose engine capacity exceeds 3000cc (30%);Private passenger vehicles of petrol engine whose engine capacity exceeds 2500cc (30%);All Other Vehicle Categories (20%).
  3. Railway Development Levy (1.5%).
  4. Import Declaration Fees (2%).
  5. Value Added Tax (16%).

What Documents Are Required? 

Apart from knowing duty payments, you do need to know required documents in order to make your importation procedure smooth. Importation Supporting documents should be attached including but not limited to (According to KRA)

  1. Original Commercial Invoice
  2. Original Bill of lading
  3. Original Logbook from the country of importation that has been cancelled from the country of origin, as this will be required by National Transport and Safety Authority to give you an original Kenyan Log Book
  4. Copy of your PIN certificate/ Copy of certificate of Incorporation (applicable to companies)
  5. Pre-shipment inspection certificate. (certificate of road worthiness)

If you clear all these rules and regulation and you are ready to import cars to Kenya.