Your Guide to Importation

Updated: February 15, 2010

Here are several procedures that are to be followed through and through to get your vehicle into the country:

Importation Procedures

  1. Send us your desired car specification i.e. type, colour, cc, mileage preference, year etc. We will then send you a quotation of the average price of the car. If the car is in our stockist, we will send you the exact price.
  2. When we have agreed on the specific price and car you want, we enter into a contract with you and we request you to pay a deposit of 20% of the CIF price for us to source the car. We normally buy cars from auctions in Japan or from already existing stocks from Japan dealers.
    The deposit is refundable if the car you want is not available. The process of sourcing takes a few hours to several days to get your desired car.
  3. If you are satisfied with your car, we request payment of the balance i.e. CIF Mombasa price less the 20% deposit already paid.
  4. We will arrange to get the next available ship through our agents in Japan. Delivery of the car takes between 5 weeks to 8 weeks from date of payment.
  5. Once the car gets to the port of Mombasa, one has to pay duty which is paid through a banker’s cheque to K.R.A. registration is also done at the port of Mombasa.
  6. For those who qualify for duty free importation, documents of exemption are required for presentation to K.R.A.
  7. We can always help you in the registration and clearance of your vehicle at the port of Mombasa through our agent in Mombasa at no extra charge. We will also deliver the car to wherever you want and in this case we request you to arrange for your own insurance.We want to make the process as smooth as possible and hustle free as much as possible for you to get your dream car.

Please note:

  • Payment is accepted in Kenya Shillings, United States Dollars and  Japanese Yen
  • Kenya accepts cars which are not more than 8 years and this year being 2010, only cars from the year 2003 are acceptable.
  • Copies of your National Identity card (ID) or passport and PIN are required for importation of a car.


  1. David Kevz

    July 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I still dont understand how the duty is calculated whe n there is a reference to the CRSP KRA list…lets say if a car comes at $6500 CIF to mombasa what might be the average total cost?

  2. Admin

    July 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

    The CRSP (Current Retail Sales Price) is a term used to refer to the current retail value of the car at the showroom. The calculations used by KRA in calculating duty is a very complex one that can not really be explained since most of it is done through the use of an Excel spreadsheet that contains all the calculations.

    Also note that KRA does not use the CIF cost in calculating duty as they used to do it before. This was stopped once unscrupulous individuals started tampering with the Import Documents to alter CIF cost.

    All the same if you need assistance in car importation or duty calculations, you can contact our Imports Department through our Contacts Page.

  3. Admin

    July 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

    For all those who have been wondering how to calculate the duty for motor vehicles entering Kenya. Well, we have prepared an article to help you further understand the process and charges in duty calculations. Here is a breakdown of the process, charges, and definitions of the many terms used (i.e. IDF, CRSP, CFS, etc).

    Read more here: How to Calculate Import Duty for Cars in Kenya

  4. Edward

    August 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I urgently want to import a 2004 Toyota probox van GL,1290cc,dark blue,automatic,petrol. Kindly give me the exact amount I should part with afterpaying all the taxes plus the cif.


  5. The Editor

    August 17, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Hello Edward,

    Just sent you the duty calculations for the Probox, please check your email.
    Thank you!


    August 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    i want to import a subaru traviq 2200cc, year 2003, with alloys, cif value usd.3500. how much will be the tax?



  7. The Editor

    August 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Hello Paul,
    I would like to kindly request that you follow the link below to fill in the required details, for me to assist you further.
    Thank you.

    Follow the link below:

  8. Dr kimani chege

    November 5, 2010 at 7:43 am

    i wish to import a toyota land cruiser prado new shape, y.o.m 2004. auto, silver or gold or black or metallic blue, 3000cc and below, diesel(turbo charged) or petrol. mileage below 100000 km. in total, how much do i need if you import for me?

  9. The Editor

    November 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Hello Dr Kimani,
    Hope you are well. Following up on your query, we have a duty calculation service page where you can fill in the details for the vehicle and your personal details. Please follow the link below.
    Thank you!

  10. nancy

    November 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    i would like to import a 2004 toyota hiace, pls let me know how much it will cost for the whole process.

  11. The Editor

    November 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Hello Nancy,
    Hope you are well. Following up on your request, we have a duty calculation where you can enter the details for the car you want to import on the form provided. Please follow the link below to access the page.

  12. Mwinyi Mwinyikombo

    December 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Dear Sir/ Maddam,

    please give me a quotation of toyota vits any color, 1000cc, any miliege, 2003



  13. The Editor

    December 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Hello Mwinyi,
    We sent you an email. Kindly check to see if you received it and confirm the same

  14. Andrew Mendeni

    December 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I am Andrew , have intrest to import car from Japan . A toyota carib auto year 2004 CC 1800 and 4w drive.

  15. Mbugua

    January 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

    send the total duty amounts for a toyota nze 2004 and wish 2004..good month,bad month and also the same for 2005 january and december rates..thanx,your info is highly appreciated.

  16. The Editor

    January 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Hello Mbugua,
    Kindly check your email as i have sent you a response to your request.

  17. Eric Nyaga

    April 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Please let me know how much i need to part with to import (all costs and diuties/taxes include) a Toyota Fielder. Specs: Autoamtic, 1800cc, Year 2007 or newer.

    I need this information urgently.


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