Car Importation Rules for Kenya

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We  source and import any vehicle of your choice. Clearing, registration and delivery services also provided. Email your request direct to us. Please be as specific as possible to make it easier to get you a vehicle of your choice. We will email you the detailed quotation including all payments expected and photos where available.

If you source the car yourself, we shall assist in all paper work, clearing, registration and delivery services.

Facts and figures about used cars importation in Kenya.

In conformity with the East Africa Common Tariff, Import duty on all classes of vehicles will be 25% of the dutiable value. Excise Duty on all vehicles is now 20% irrespective of engine size. (After 2005/2006 budget).

The taxation figures will now look as follows;

  • Import duty is 25% of Dutiable value.
  • Excise Duty 20% of Excise Duty value.
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) is 16% of VAT value.
  • Import Declaration Form (I. D. F.) processing fees is 2.25% of dutiable value with a minimum of Kshs 5,000 that is paid in advance on application.
  • Age Limit: In Kenya importation of used vehicles is limited to 8 years. This means that currently in 2012 one can only import a 2005 car or newer.

Import Declaration Forms (IDF) will be processed by Kenya Revenue Authority’s (KRA)-customs services.

Import duty, Excise duty, VAT and I. D. F fees are calculated based on dutiable value which is determined by Cost of Retail Selling Price (CRSP)  of same or similar brand new model available locally appropriately depreciated according to age.

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  1. If you can do the clearing and registration, including delivery of the car where one has imported the car himself. How much can this cost?

  2. Dear James,

    Thank you for visiting our site and for your query. We have sent you an email that has information regarding your inquiry. If you need further assistance, do not hesitate in contacting us.

    Thanks,
    Angela.

  3. Everyone likes to get good deal or cheap for their car or wherever.So my quiz is ..If i find a cheap deal for lets say 2004 corrolla sedan for $1000, is my duty gonna be based on that price??..bearing in mind that may be same car everages around $4000?

  4. Hi Pat, with regards to your query, duty on cars being imported to Kenya is no longer pegged against the CIF price or Purchase Price since dubious importers discovered ways of altering the prices. What is being used now is known as CRSP (Current Retail Selling Price) which is basically the price that you will pay for a brand new version of the car you are importing.

    For more details on this, please visit this page: http://www.kenyacarbazaar.com/blog/?p=857

  5. Hie,

    What is the duty i will pay for a Subaru Impreza sportswagon year 2004 jan, eng size 1.5, model LA-GG2, Auto amd Petro. Thanx

  6. Hello Paul,

    We are glad to receive your mail. We have responded to your query via email. Please check your mail, we do hope the information will be helpful. For more inquiries, do not hesitate to call on us.

    Thanks,
    Angela

  7. If you can do the clearing and registration, including delivery of the car where one has imported the car himself. How much can this cost?
    Also what info do I need from the seller before purchasing the car?

  8. Hi Doreen,

    Thank you, we have received you inquiry. Please refer to your email for more information. Feel free to contact us any time you need any assistance.

    Thanks,
    Angela.

  9. Jambo, i seek to import a 2007 Toyota Landcruiser Cygnus from Japan. 4.7 LITRE petrol engine, automatic transmission, SUV.

    1. How much does it roughly cost to ship the car? i.e. shipping cost, inside container
    2. How much would duty add up to?
    3.

  10. Hello Kioko,

    Thank you for your inquiry. We have sent you an email in response. We do hopw that you will find the information of help. If you need more assistance, feel free to contact us at any time.

    Thanks,
    Angela

  11. Hi ,thank you for informing me about clearing of vehicles but i want to know how much taxes i will pay for toyota dyna van 2004 model

  12. Kindly let me know how much will it take me for import and other related taxes for this car. I will also want to know what you charge for services.
    Year / Month 2004
    Odometer 122,560 km
    Displacement 1,800 cc
    Steering Right
    Transmission Automatic
    Fuel Gasoline/Petrol
    Model code CBF-VW11

  13. Dear Kombo,

    Thank you for your mail. We have read and sent you a response through the email provided. Feel free to contact us any time you need further assistance.

    Thanks,
    Angela

  14. Dear Angela,

    If I want to import a brand new misibithi bus(52 seats) to Nairobi.
    What about the import charge ?

    Thank you.

  15. Dear Andy,

    Thank for your inquiry. Although it would be hard to advice appropriately without more detailed information about the car features. We have sent you an email with more details that will help us assist you with the duty calculations. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    Angela

  16. Dear Fred,
    The importation rules are standard regardless of the country from which one is importing a car from. The taxes and processing procedures are the same. I hope you find this answer satisfactory, Unless there is something else you meant by the question? Feel free to ask us any time and we will do our best to help you understand better.

    Regards,
    Angela.

  17. Hi Angela,

    I am hoping to import a truck from the UK in the near future with the following specifications:

    gross vehicle weight 44000kgs
    12 litre 430 BHP engine
    8 speed manual gearbox
    mid lift centre axle
    high roof sleeper cabin
    rear air suspension
    hydraulic oil tank
    2004 benz (6 x 2) tractor

    Kindly give me an estimate of how much duty i should expect to pay on arrival.

    Thank you

    Mona

  18. Hi,

    I am hoping to import a 2nd hand truck from the UK in the near future. How much tax should i expect to pay? and because its a commercial vehicle, will there be say, a lower tax rate or is does every vehicle pay the same amount of tax percentage?

    Looking forward to your response.

    Thanks

    Mona

  19. Hello Mona,

    Thank you for your inquiry. We have in return replied, using the email you provided. Please check your mail. We do hope that the information will of help. In case of any more queries, or need for assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.
    We look forward to doing business with you.

    Regards,
    Angela

  20. you guys do a good job, however it would make sense to reply to questions asked on this board in the same manner. if all the answers to questions were available publicly and no sent to emails you would drive more traffic to your site because they would be indexed by google and be searchable on the web. of course if there is private information it makes sense to be confidential, but sans that I fail to see why you dont publish the answers on the board so one doesnt have to ask a question thats already been asked

  21. Hello, my name is Duncan and i am intending to import a 2004 Peugeot 406 2.0 HDi 90 S. Its a 4door, diesel powered sedan with manual transmission. I would like to know how much import duty i should expect to pay since am not sure what the current CRSP for the vehicle is at home. Also, do you do the clearing and forwarding or if you have a reputable company you can recommend. Keep up the good work of informing us how the system operates.
    Thanx.

  22. Related to my earlier inquiry, i would also like to know if a vehicle is, say a 1990’s make but it was registered in 2005 in the U.K. would it still qualify for importation to Kenya?
    Thanx,- Duncan.

  23. Dear Duncan,

    Thank you for your enquiry, we have read your mail and responded to you through the email address you provided. We do hope that you will find the information to be of help.

    In case of need for further assistance, please do no hesitate to contact us.

    regards,
    Angela.

  24. Dear duncan,

    Unfortunately, it is not the year of registration that is looked it. For a car to be imported, the year of manufacture is used to determine if it qualifies or not. So if the car is manufactured in the 90’s, it means it is way over the 8year limit and thus you can’t be allowed to import it. If you have any more queries, do not hesitate to sk.

    Regards,
    Angela

  25. i wish to import a 2004 Nissan b15. 1500cc , through you how much duty will i pay .what is your commission. estimate shipping charges.
    thank you

  26. Dear Customer Care,
    Please kindly introduce to me on reliable Registered Clearing Agent contact. I’m intending to import a vehicle from Singarpore soonest.
    Best regards.
    JO

  27. I want to import a terios 2010 1.3cc SUV how much duty will i pay and how much money will i eventually pay untill i get the car from the port.The car is from Dubai

  28. Hi Michael,
    Thank you for your enquiry. We have in return sent you an email to the address you provided. We hope that you will find the information to be of help. In case of need for further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.

    Regards,
    Angela

  29. Dear Johnie,
    We are in receipt of your enquiry and we have sent you an email addressing your query. We do hope you will find the information handy. Should you need any assistance, please contact us any time.

    Thanks,
    Angela

  30. Hi Mary,
    Thank you for your mail, please refer to your email address for more information. We look forward to hearing from you. Do not hesitate to contact us any time you need our assistance.

    Regards,
    Angela

  31. Hi,
    I intend to import a 2004 Nissan Wingroad 1.5 lt for about c&f $2500 Mombasa,how much duty do expect to pay for this type of vehicle,
    Regards,
    Bart

  32. Hi,

    A 2005 black toyota Ipsum model 240u 4wd G-Select with black interior and how much would it cost me if you import it on my behalf up to registration.

    Thanks & Regards.

    A. Kimwele.

  33. I’ve identified a car I believe will be worth purchasing. Please advise what role(s) you would play and what support you could provide. Thank you in advance

    Samson

  34. Hi Samson, we are here to assist you with sourcing for any car from our international suppliers, organise for the shipping, insurance and documentation, arrange for clearing and forwarding once the car arrives at the port of Mombasa as well as delivery to any location of your choice within East Africa. If you have any other queries, please feel free to contact us though our contact page.

  35. Hi Michael, unfortunately that is not possible. At the moment, the best price you can get for a 2005 Probox is approximately Ksh. 620,000/-

  36. Hi. Can you update me on what is the current status 14-Seater matatu because I want to acquire one and register it with a upcountry shuttle company but I am not sure if I will get a TLB.

    Thanks for the good work.

    Kennedy

  37. Greetings,
    I’m looking to import a Nissan Navara, D/Cab, Manual, diesel, 6-speed. what options / choices could be available Ex-UK or Ex-Thailand?

    Regards,

    Esther

  38. Really wanted to know how much it will cost to clear a car in kenya and how much is the shipping,please would like to know all the details,thank u.

  39. Hi.I would like to import a nissan serena 2005 make bcos of the 8yr importation rule..if its giong to cost me an estimate FOB 400,000(JPY),Kindly advice on the rates that will be applicable to it.Thanks

  40. Dear William, With regards to your query, we can assist you with the importation process, clearing it from the port of Mombasa, have it registered as well as organize for delivery to a destination of your choice anywhere in East Africa. please follow the link provided below and fill in all the required details for us to send you the total cost of having the car on our Kenyan roads. http://www.kenyacarbazaar.com/importing/duty_calculations.php

    Looking forward to doing business with you and in case of any other queries, please feel free to contact us at any time.

  41. Dear Irene, With regards to your query, we can assist you with the importation process, clearing it from the port of Mombasa, have it registered as well as organize for delivery to a destination of your choice anywhere in East Africa. please follow the link provided below and fill in all the required details for us to send you the total cost of having the car on our Kenyan roads. http://www.kenyacarbazaar.com/importing/duty_calculations.php

    Looking forward to doing business with you and in case of any other queries, please feel free to contact us at any time.

  42. hi,I would like to know how it will cost me to clear my car if I import it myself, Nissan wingroad yr of reg 2005 March,1800cc 101 000km

  43. Hello, i seek to import a 2​0​0​1​ ​N​i​s​s​a​n​ ​X​-​T​r​a​i​l​ ​4​W​D from Japan. Petrol engine, automatic transmission, SUV.

    1. How much does it roughly cost to ship the car? i.e. shipping cost, inside container
    2. How much would duty add up to?
    3. In general, what will I have to pocket out (in total) for the car?

  44. Am looking into importing a Toyota ractics but I cannot find it on the CRSP form. In such a case how do I work out the the amount {duty,tax and excise} payable to KRA? How much do you charge for taking it for inspection {JEVIC} importing and clearing it in Mombasa? Or a breakdown of the charges. Thank you.

  45. Wat would the total costs looks like if i commissioned u to import me a toyota rav4 : year of manuf 2007. manual transmission

  46. Hi. Kindly assist with reliable clearing agent contacts who are also listed by KRA. Approximate fees figures will also be much appreciated.

  47. Hi Anthony, we did send you and email in the morning to which you did not reply. Hope you got the email all the same. We can also assist you if you would like to have your car cleared from the Port of Mombasa.

  48. Hi Musyoka, unfortunately according to the regulations set forth by the Government of Kenya, one car only bring in a car that is 8 years old or newer. This means that you can only bring in a car that is 2005 or newer.

  49. i want to buy a chevrolet coupe 2lt costing 28350$.how much will it cost to ship the car to the country and how much will all costs for duty,clearing e.t.c cost me in kenya shillings?

  50. If you can do the clearing and registration, including delivery of the car where one has imported the car himself. How much can this cost?
    Also what info do I need from the seller before purchasing the car?

    Roughly how much duty would i pay for MITSUBISHI LANCER CEDIA WAGON 2005/8 1800cc

  51. Hi, I am importing a car from but I’m out of the country. Whom shall I put in as the Consignee of the car and person to be notified. Shall I write myself or the clearing agent? . A family member will collect it after it’s cleared and keep it for me till I get there in late December. Please advice.
    Thanks,
    David

  52. Good evening? I seek to import a 2006/9 Toyota Landcruiser Cygnus from Japan. 4.7 LITRE petrol engine, automatic transmission, SUV. Kindly advise what is its CRSP (Current Retail Selling Price) and how it is calculated.

  53. Hi, good morning,
    My name is Edinah and am importing a Honda fit from Japan
    what would be the cost of clearing the car here home.
    The year of the car is 2006.

  54. Hi I seek to import a mercedes- benz A Class for around $3,500. how much will be the total cost of all taxes in kenya e.g Import duty, excise duty vat and any other charges

  55. hellow am importing a toyota voxy @ $6600, it is 2006/jan, will it be allowed to register ot it is tooo old?? if it is alowed then hw much tax n all the duties will this cost me??

  56. Hi David, the Consignee Name is the owner of the motor vehicle and these details are the ones that will be used to generate your logbook for the car. The Notify party is the contact details of the person who will be handling the clearing and registration, it can be your pal or the clearing agency.

    Also note that we do offer clearing and registration services for our clients. You can try out our online duty calculation page for instant duty calculations on your car here: http://kenyacarbazaar.com/importing/duty_calculation.php.

    Looking forward to working with you.

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