Located in Kisumu Country, Kenya, Kisumu is the third largest city in Kenya and is knowns to the western part as the principal city in Kenya. It was once the capital of Nyanza Province as well as the headquarters of Kisumu County.
The port in Kenya was established in 1901 and was considered the main inland terminal of the Uganda Railway. It was given the name Port Florence. Between the 1980's and 1990's, it wasn't doing well at all however, because of the oil exports, it eventually picked back up.
If you plan to move to Kenya for a while or for good, you will want to bring your vehicle with you. There are certain rules and regulations that must be followed when planning to import a vehicle to Kisumu. A1 Auto Transport Service will be able to help you follow these rules and regulations when exporting from the United States and importing to Kisumu. Following the rules and regulations will avoid delays and keep your vehicle on schedule.
What are the Requirements for Importing your Vehicle?
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) uses different means to assist in the importing of vehicles in order to determine the amount to charge. The model of a vehicle is not always the same year that it was registered so they use retail/selling prices as well as clearing and forwarding agents. Duty is calculated based on the time the vehicle was registered. The Kenya Bureau of Standards doesn't allow a vehicle to be imported if it is more than eight years old. The engine capacity will also give customs the proper information they need to determine the duty total. The larger the engine size, the more duty is charged.
Excise duty is also required when paying fees. if a vehicle is under three years old, the owner is charged almost Ksh 150,000. If a vehicle is more than three years old, it is then charged Ksh 200,000. The Value Added Tax (VAT) is 16%. You will also need to have your vehicle licensed in Kenya too. The import declaration fee charged for importing is 25% of the CIF and is added to customs duties.
If you are a returning citizen, you will not need to pay any taxes. You will be allowed to bring one vehicle back without being charged any duty fee. The only exception to this is if you have a bus/mini bus. In order to be duty exempt, your vehicle will need be more than eight years old, you will not have asked to be duty free before, you have been living outside of Kenya for at least two years, and you have returned to Kenya with your vehicle that you have owned for a period of at least twelve months. It's important that you have the following documentation with you when you import:
- Proof of residence in Kenya.
- Proof of auto insurance.
- Driver's license.
- Invoice for any duty paid.
- Title to your vehicle.
- Registration of the vehicle.
Options of Shipping to Kisumu.
There are two different shipping methods to choose from when importing to Kenya. The first one is called Roll On/ Roll Off and it requires that your vehicle be driven or rolled onto the deck of the ship. The vehicle will need to be completely cleaned out and only the car jack, floor mats, and spare tire inside.
The second method is the container shipping method. This method is more expensive than the RORO method but you have more options. You can choose from a 20 foot or 40 foot container and you can put anything that you want to ship inside the container with your car, allowing you to ship everything or almost everything at one time.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.