Motor Vehicle Import Procedures
vehicles must comply with the Kenya Bureau of Standards requirements of Legal Notice No. 78 of 15th July 2005 (Verification of Conformity to Kenya Standards Imports Order, 2005) and KS1515:2000 Kenya Standard Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles. In Particular, The Imported Vehicle;
· Must be less than 8 years old form the year of first registration.
· Will be subject to roadworthiness inspection by a KEBS appointed inspection agent in the country of export.
·Must be Right Hand drive
Taxes Applicable in Motor Vehicle Importation
The following taxes/duties are payable for motor vehicle imports based on customs value.
Import Duty ( 25%)
Excise Duty – This duty varies with vehicle category.
Private passenger vehicles of petrol engine whose engine capacity exceeds 2500cc (30%)
Private passenger vehicles of Diesel engine whose engine capacity exceeds 3000cc (30%)
All Other Vehicle Categories (20%)
Value Added Tax (16%)
Import Declaration Fees (2%)
Railway Development Levy (1.5%)
Import Documents Requirements
Importation Supporting documents should be attached including but not limited to:
- Original Commercial Invoice
- Original Logbook from the country of importation that has been cancelled from the country of origin, as this will be required by National Transport and Safety Authority to give you an original Kenyan Log Book
- Original Bill of lading
- Pre-shipment inspection certificate. (certificate of road worthiness)
- Copy of your PIN certificate/ Copy of certificate of Incorporation (applicable to companies)
The motor vehicle Importation process is similar to that of other goods.