A Guide to Assist Car Shippers from the UK as well as Car Importers Based in Kenya for a Hassle Free Import Process.


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

Age Limit


In 2019 only vehicles manufactured in the year 2012 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.


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.



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



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

Air Freight

Air Freight

Extrmely quick method of shipment however extrmely expensive as well.


Please see below list of documents require for customs clearance in Kenya

Log Book

Original UK V5/Log Book

Passport or ID copy

Original QISJ Pre-Shipment Inspection certificate

Original QISJ Pre-Shipment Inspection certificate

KRA Pin Certificate copy

KRA Pin Certificate copy

Original Bills of Lading

Original Bills of Lading


Requirement 1: Change of Residence

Requirement 1

The person is changing residence from a place outside Kenya to Kenya and must be at least 18 years old.Therefore, the original passport of the importer will be required and this will be thoroughly checked to ensure that they are indeed changing residence – more proof may be asked for this and furthermore the age of the importer is verified to be over 18.

Note the processing officer is expected to verify supporting documents (e.g. passports, works permits etc.) and be satisfied the importer is bona fide changing residence and has not been away from the country merely on temporary non-resident visit.

Requirement 2: Owning and Using The Vehicle

Returning resident

The individual must have owned and used the motor vehicle outside Kenya for at least twelve months, Therefore, the UK V5 must be clear and show that the vehicle was acquired by the importer and owned for 365 days excluding the shipment period. Purchase invoice documents, insurance documents as well as any documentary evidence is always welcome.

The tricky part is “used” the motor vehicle for at least twelve months – this is where our client was caught out. Determining usage is difficult, and therefore the interpretation is that having acquired the motor vehicle, the importer must have been present in the country from which he/she is importing the vehicle for at least 365 days on aggregate prior to shipment of the vehicle. This is easily demonstrated via the importer’s original passport.

It is assumed that during his/her stay, the person was personally using the vehicle in that country. Note this does not mean the importer must not have traveled to other countries. The number of visits the person makes back home prior to the importation is also not important. The requirement is that the days spent in the exporting country must be at least 365 on aggregate (not continuous) since acquiring the vehicle. If the aggregate period is found to be less than twelve (12) months, then the motor vehicle does not qualify.

Requirement 3: Vehicle Arrival

Returning resident

The vehicle should arrive within 90 days of the owner’s arrival. Therefore, please check with us on the best vessel to choose. We have frequent sailings, and can ensure the arrival meets your requirement.


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:-

Log Book

Original UK V5

Original Passport and Older Passports if needed

Original QISJ Pre-Shipment Inspection certificate

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

KRA Pin Certificate copy

KRA PIN - Without this
no import documents
can be lodged

Original Bills of Lading

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


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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James A

I would like to confirm that the car has been delivered to me in Nairobi. Oh! It drives very well. Thanks a lot to you and your team for the wonderful service that I got. I was kept informed throughout the process. Should I (or relative/friend) need a similar service in the future, I will certainly get back to you. It was a pleasure working together.

David B

First class five star service. Fantastic postal, phone and e-mail communication at both ends of the route; flexibility and great value for money. I would very happily recommend Auto Kenya Ltd to family or friends.

Nicholas K

Dear Auto Kenya Team,

Thank you for all the help and advice you kindly offered to me when I was intending to send my Honda CR-V to Kenya. Words cannot express my gratitude. Thanks for all your help.

Dennis A

The level of service you gave in shipping my car was exceptional, once again many thanks.

Neil B

Auto Kenya - A good organization with diligent customer service. Helpful, good communications, additional assistance - very good.

Auto Kenya recommended clearing agent Mombasa - Diligent and well meaning. Hard working and knowledgeable, very patient, flexible and professional.

Fredrick M.

I take this opportunity to thank you all for the excellent services provided during the shipping of my car during the months of June and July. I have used your company on two previous times but this last one was exceptional because of the advice received from Sudhir, I want to thank him for the free storage for the car before the next available ship so that the car arrives at the time I could be in Kenya. The car arrived in Mombasa on time and with no damages at all. Thank you once again Sudhir for the advice and exceptional services provided, I look forward to using your services again. I will recommend your company to my friends.

Thank you.