Duty Free Car Importation To Kenya For Returning Residents


Returning resident: A person changing residence from a place outside Kenya to a place within Kenya where that person has been residing outside Kenya for a period of at least two years and has not resided in Kenya for a period(s) amounting in aggregate to ninety days or more within the two years immediately before this return to Kenya.

Firstly, the regulations for importing cars to Kenya still apply hence it still has to meet the 8 year age limit rule set by the Government; they would still need their vehicles inspected by QISJ/JEVIC and the vehicle should not be LHD. Please read more on “The Rules and Regulations for on Car Importation / Exportation to Kenya.

A returning resident may import one exempt motor vehicle “(excluding buses and minibuses of seating capacity of more than 13 passengers and load carrying capacity not exceeding two tonnes)” Provided that:

General Requirements

  • The person must have attained the age of 18 years
  • The vehicle is registered in his/her name for a period of at least 365 days excluding the shipment period.
  • The vehicle should arrive within 90 days of the owners arrival
  • The owner must have stayed in the foreign country for more then two years
  • Within the two years that the owner has been away, they ought not to have made a visit and stayed in Kenya for a period exceeding in aggregate of 90 days. Hence if you travelled in 2009 for 60 days and then travelled in 2010 for a 60 days – in total those are 120 days and hence if this was within the past two years from when you were returning you would not meet the requirements.

Required Documents

  • KRA Pin Certificate
  • Vehicle Log book
  • Bill of Lading
  • Pre Inspection Certificate
  • Original passport

KRA recently published an article in the Daily Nation with respect to vehicles imported by returning residents. Please see below;

For further information on duty exemption, click here

For further assistance in car importation to Kenya, feel free to Contact Us.

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  1. I am a Ugandan on expatriation to Kenya in a reputable Cement Company for a period of two to Three years, I want to import a car from Japan, or buy from a local dealer in Kenya, Do I qualify for duty free car importation ?

  2. Hi James, if you are working as an expatriate in Kenya, then you are eligible for exemption from duty. It would be a good idea to import a car from Japan or the UK since buying one locally means you will be buying a car that already has duty paid for it. The other advantage is that once your contract runs out, you can be able to go back to Uganda with your car then make payments for the duty then or simply resale it within Kenya. Contact us for additional information regarding the exemptions on 0786400920 or info@kenyacarbazaar.com

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