Import Processes

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

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Age Limit

In 2024 only vehicles manufactured in the year 2017 and onwards will be allowed to be imported into Kenya

Left hand drive cars

Left Hand Drive Vehicles

All left hand drive vehicles are not allowed for registration unless they have a special purpose.

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Road Worthiness

All motor vehicles imported into Kenya must be inspected prior to shipment by QISJ for road worthiness.

Shipping Methods and Transit Time

Depending on which service is used, the transit time from port to port tends to be 26 – 30 days. We offer a range of shipping methods such as Roll on Roll off, Container Vehicle Shipping and Airfreight. We always advise our clients on the best choice striving to meet their time lines, needs and budget.

Cars near a RORO ship

RoRO

These are purpose built vessels designed to carry cars. More like a floating underground car park.

Car in a container

Containerized

Choose from dedicated or shared containers. An extremely safe method of shipping.

Car being transported via Air

Air Freight

Extremely quick method of shipment however extremely expensive as well.

Documentation Requirements

Please see below list of documents required for clearing a car in Kenya

Original UK V5/Log Book

Passport or ID copy

Original QISJ Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate

KRA Pin Certificate copy

Original Bills of Lading

Returning Residents - Duty Exemptions

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Requirement 1 : Change of Residence

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Left hand drive cars

Requirement 2 : Owning and Using The Vehicle

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Requirement 3: Vehicle Arrival

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Documentation Requirements and Other Notes

It is important that you are available during the clearance period, should the KRA officer require any clarification. It is also important that you have the following:

Original UK V5 (Logbook)

Original Passport and Older Passports if needed

Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate from QISJ: We arrange the pre-shipment inspection via our Tilbury Port

KRA PIN - Without this, no import documents can be lodged

Original Bill of Lading - Auto Kenya will issue this once the vehicle has been shipped

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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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Gibbs C
2024-01-03
Excellent service! Used them for the first time and they were exceptional at their job. I will definitely use them again. Special thank you to Sudhir for the excellent service, communication and attention to detail, thank you!
Gift Moonga
Gift Moonga
2023-08-09
Just used Auto Kenya to ship my car to Kenya.. Excellent and Professional service and well priced.. Value for money.. Many thanks team Auto Kenya
Ulla Dronyi
Ulla Dronyi
2023-08-08
Wonderful service from AutoKenya. I can’t recommend them enough. Impeccable service from beginning to end! Thank you Autokenya!
Joe KAMAU N
Joe KAMAU N
2023-07-12
My first time using Auto Kenya. Very professional, on time response via emails. The amount of questions I was showering them with...they were very polite and understanding. Thanks a lot Caroline,Regina , Sudhir and entire team... Oooo and not forgetting Prtiz ....God bless Kenya Auto...
Kenny Gitz
Kenny Gitz
2023-06-15
It was my first time to use Auto Kenya ltd to ship a car to Mombasa,and i highly recommend them,great communication,no hidden costs,they keep you well informed and transparent.I will definitely be shipping with them again.Sudhir and Reginah fantastic customer service keep up the great work.thanks
Elijah Mayieka
Elijah Mayieka
2023-05-06
Highly Professional shipping firm. Courteous Staff, Reliable and affordable. Shipped a very expensive car to MSA and was supported all the way. If you ever need to share a 40ft container at highly affordable rates, they are the best! Thanks Sudhir and Reginah!
Trev Jarmaine
Trev Jarmaine
2023-05-05
Shipped a vehicle with Auto Kenya in Jan 23 and the service was exemplary. They kept me informed all the time and their nominated clearing agent in Mombasa was very swift and professional. I would certainly recommend Auto Kenya to anyone.
Aaron Waller
Aaron Waller
2023-03-20
Very unhelpful customer service, blunt email responses, and not all questions are answered, meaning you have to send follow up emails. False advertising on the website, in the end it seems they do not do what they state on their website.
Kinyanjui NG'ETHE
Kinyanjui NG'ETHE
2023-01-30
Very efficient and they’re great with communication and clarification. 100% recommend.

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