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A Guide to Importing a Car to Kenya

Please note: This guide is just an outline to the process and regulations of motor vehicle importation / exportation to Kenya and cannot be used as hard and fast rules due to various variables affecting importation of motor vehicles to Kenya. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The three main regulations when considering importing / exporting a car to Kenya are:

  • Age Limit: In 2018 only vehicles manufactured in the year 2011 and onwards will be allowed to be imported into Kenya
  • Left Hand Drive Vehicles: All left hand drive vehicles are not allowed for registration unless they have a special purpose.
  • Road Worthiness: All motor vehicles imported into Kenya must be inspected prior to shipment by QISJ for road worthiness.

Transit Time and Shipping Methods

Depending on which service is used, the transit time from port to port tends to be 28 days or more. We offer a range of shipping methods such as Roll on Roll off as well as shared containers. We always advise our clients on the best choice striving to meet their time lines, needs and budget.

Duty Exemptions for Returning Residents Importing a Car to Kenya

A summary of the regulations are as per below, however a more detailed guide can be accessed via: Duty Free Vehicle Importation into Kenya for Returning Residents

A returning resident may import one exempt motor vehicle provided that:

  • The person has attained age of 18 years
  • The vehicle is registered in his/her name and used for a period of at least 365 days excluding the shipment period.
  • The vehicle should arrive within 90 days of the owners arrival

Documents required to clear the vehicle

  • Original passport to confirm the above
  • Vehicle Log book to confirm the above
  • Bill of Lading - provided by Auto Kenya once the vessel sails
  • QISJ Pre Shipment Inspection Certificate - We arrange the inspection for you via our Tilbury Port Office
  • KRA Pin Card - without this no import documents can be lodged

Other parties:

Vehicles for diplomatic or consulate missions, vehicles for the United Nations or its specialised agencies, vehicles for foreign embassies, vehicles for donor agencies, specifically designed vehicles to be used by the disabled, rally drivers - certain exemptions.

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