Being a coastal city in Kenya, Mombasa is the second largest city. It’s also a cultural as well as economic center and it has an extra-large port and an international airport. Mombasa has a tactical situation on the coast of the Indian Ocean which has made the city a trading center of Kenya. Throughout history, the city has been controlled by an abundance of countries because of that strategic location.
For most people moving here, having your own vehicle is incredibly convenient as you can enjoy the freedom of moment. You can move without worrying about public transportation and you’d also bypass the need for understanding the language. Understanding this, the A1 Auto Transport service is going to make all the necessary arrangements in order to help you with the shipping process and ensure a hassle-free transportation. We have over two decades worth of professional shipping experience of exporting vehicles from USA.
Specific Requirements for Importing your Vehicle.
Now, your shipping agent is going to determine the quote based on information published by the Kenya Revenue Authority. You have to understand that the manufacturing year is not necessarily the same as the date of registration. The import duty, however, is using that second date as a stand point. You also have to know that it is currently illegal to import vehicles which are older than 8 years as per the regulations set forth by the Bureau of Standards of Kenya.
- Capacity of the engine: the larger your capacity of the engine is, the higher the duty of import will be.
- Excise Duty: Pursuant to the Excise Duty Act of 2015 it is currently KSh150,000 for vehicles less than 3 years old and for those which are over that mark = KSh200,000.
- VAT: The VAT is amounted to 16% of the value of the car and it’s collected by the Kenya Revenue Authority. The importer is also obligated to get a license before he imports the good in the country. There is an import fee of about 25% of the CIF value of all the goods. This is basically separate from any other taxes and you have to pay it additionally.
If you are a returning citizen you are allowed to bring in one motor vehicle for free in the country amongst other valuable goods. However, you have to meet the following conditions:
- The returning citizen is obligated to have resided in the country for at least 2 years and he mustn’t have visited Kenya for more than 90 days during that time.
- The citizen must have owned the vehicle for at least 12 months prior to the shipment.
- The car must not be more than 8 years of age.
- The citizen has to be at least 18 years old.
- The citizen must not have obtained a similar exemption before.
There are also quite a lot of documents to be prepared when importing the vehicle.
- Registration and Title.
- Purchase proof.
- Passport and license ID.
- Invoice for the paid duties.
- Insurance proof.
- Proof of Kenyan residency.
You have to make sure that you are present when the vehicle arrives. There are three ports to which you can ship – Mombasa, Lamu and Malindi. We’ll work with you to ensure that the vehicle reaches safely.
Ro/Ro shipping is the most inexpensive way to ship to Kenya and it’s also the most convenient if you have no personal belongings to transport. That’s because the car has to be completely emptied out and you should leave nothing but the car jack, spare tire and the floor mats.
The container shipping is your next option. This would allow you to ship other personal belongings alongside your car. It’s a bit more expensive but you can share it with another person to split the costs in two. Your car is much more protected which is the greatest asset of this method.
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.