A GUIDE TO IMPORTING A CAR TO KENYA

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

IMPORT PROCESSES

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

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AGE LIMIT

In 2019 only vehicles manufactured in the year 2012 and onwards will be allowed to be imported into Kenya

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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.

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RoRO

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

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Containerized

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

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Air Freight

Extrmely quick method of shipment however extrmely expensive as well.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

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

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Original UK V5/Log Book

East Africa Passport

Passport or ID copy

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Original QISJ Pre-Shipment Inspection certificate

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KRA Pin Certificate copy

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Original Bills of Lading

RETURNING RESIDENTS – DUTY EXEMPTIONS

Requirement 1: Change of Residence

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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

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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

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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.

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:-

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Original UK V5
(Logbook)

East Africa Passport

Original Passport and Older Passports if needed

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

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KRA PIN - Without this
no import documents
can be lodged

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

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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Sudhir from Auto Kenya was of great help during the entire transfer and import process from the UK to KE. We had a couple of smaller and larger hiccups caused by the Kenyan authorities, but Sudhir was always patient and went to great lengths to help me. If I ever import a car somewhere in East Africa again, it will be through Auto Kenya.
Sonja Leitner
Sonja Leitner
07:59 06 Mar 19
Auto Kenya have not been short of amazing, they are very responsive and accurate. Their communication is next to none. Highly commendable business
Prince Waiyaki
Prince Waiyaki
11:18 26 Nov 18
What a great company. Great service all round and exceptionally helpful. They also have a variety of services to suit your export needs. I highly recommend them. I have used them for the last 9 or so years and they've never failed me. They promptly respond to any questions and they have very helpful staff.
Jagenaught supanova
Jagenaught supanova
13:14 23 Nov 18
Great People to Deal with. Anne and Reginah are so helpful and knowledgeable. And they have great customer service. Always there to sort out any issues. Keep up the good work!SLEEK AUTO EXPORTS LTD
Pritesh Malde
Pritesh Malde
10:38 22 Oct 18
I have used Auto-Kenya for over 10 years now and they are the most efficient and professional shipping company that I have come across.In conjunction with Simba shipping, you get quality service, at the cheapest rate in the market. Every time I have a challenging shipment, they have never disappointed as they also tailor the consignment arranging for pick up, packing and delivery to Africa, Asia and North America.
John Philip
John Philip
14:44 30 Aug 18
I had a straight forward and pleasant experience dealing with Auto Kenya. I purchased a car from the UK and shipped it to Uganda remotely. Their staff were helpful during the entire process. It's quite rare to find a UK based company willing to follow up with a call to Ugandan based customer.They also helped organise a service to pick up the car from the dealership and deliver it to the port for shipping. I would definitely recommend their services to anyone looking to ship a car from the UK.
Charles Mugyenzi
Charles Mugyenzi
07:36 26 Jul 18

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