Kenya Import Regulations

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Country Code+254
Time Difference-6 Hours (GMT+3)
CurrencyKenyan Shilling

Year Restrictions

Max. 7 Years Olds
The vehicle must not be more than seven years old from the year of first registration. The difference between the registration date and the manufacturing date should not be more than a year.
As an Example : For 2018 - can import only 2011 registration units

Most Popular Vehicles to Kenya

Toyota Hiace - Diesel - KDH201V- 2WD - Auto Transmission, Toyota Hiace - Petrol - TRH200V- 2WD - Manual Transmission, Toyota Premio, Toyota Probox, Toyota Corolla Axio, Toyota Corolla Feilder, Toyota Hiace Commuter

Destination Port


Time of Shipment

RoRo (24-34 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Monthly 07th-10th TO 20th- 25th)


JEVIC/ QISJ Kenya (QISJ Fee is $250)
Inspection on vehicles imported to Kenya, must be done either by JEVIC (Japan Export Vehicle Inspection Center) or QISJ (Quality Inspection Services Japan) for road-worthiness.

Right-Hand Drive

All vehicles imported must be Right Hand Drive (RHD). However, special vehicles such as ambulance, fire engine, large construction vehicle are exempted from this ban.

Taxation in Kenya

  • Import Duty: 25% of Dutiable valuet
  • Excise Duty: 20% of (Customs Value + Import Duty)
  • VAT: 16% of (Customs Value + Import Duty + Excise Duty)
  • Railways Development Levy: 1.5% of Custom Value
  • An Import Declaration Fee (IDF) is also charged. An amount of minimum of $5,000 or 2.25% of CIF is paid prior to the application, depending whichever amount is more.


Importers will be required to buy a marine insurance cover with a local insurance company.
(Applicable for vehicles arriving to Kenya from January 1st, 2017 on)

Documents Required for Custom Clearance

  • Original Passport
  • Original Bill Of Landing (BOL)
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Pre Inspection certificate
  • KRA Pin card
  • Authentic Vehicle Logbook:
  • Certificate of export by Dubai police or any other authority as a substitute for foreign book shall not be accepted by KRA (Kenya Revenue Authority). English translation of logbook will be provided by embassy, High Commission or consulate based in Kenya, in case logbook is in foreign language.

Benefits for Returning Residents to Kenya

  • Kenya returning resident may import one duty free vehicle.
  • The importer should be residing outside Kenya for at least two year and should not have visited Kenya on an average of more than 90 days.
  • The vehicle must be used by the importer for at least a year.
  • No similar exemption has been provided in the past.

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