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Q1. Importation of second hand motor vehicles
Duties and Taxes payable
Further, an Import Declaration Fee (IDF) of 2.25% of the CIF is also charged subject to a minimum of Ksh. 5,000 payable in advance on application.
Clearance through Customs
To clear the vehicle through Kenya Customs, an importer will have to contract a licensed clearing agent to process their declaration in the Simba 2005 system. A listing of licensed clearing agents is available online here.
The clearing agent will lodge an import entry in Simba 2005 system, pay the required duties and taxes and present all the relevant documentation for Customs to pass the entry.
KRA shall not accept a Certificate of Export issued by Dubai Police or any other authority as a substitute for a foreign log book.
Note: The vehicle must meet Kenya Bureau of Standards KS 1515:2000 – Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles.
The Standard spells out three major criteria for acceptance of vehicles of importation:
A. Age Limit
B. Left Hand Drive
C. Road Worthiness
All imports of used motor vehicles including those belonging to returning residents, diplomats and or public servants must meet the above requirements.
Returning resident: A person changing residence from a place outside Kenya to a place within Kenya where that person has been residing outside Kenya for a period of at least two years and has not resided in Kenya for a period(s) amounting in aggregate to ninety days or more within the two years immediately before this return to Kenya.
A returning resident may import one exempt motor vehicle “(excluding buses and minibuses of seating capacity of more than 13 passengers and load carrying capacity exceeding two tonnes)” Provided that:
i) the person has attained the age of eighteen years; and
ii) the vehicle was used by him outside Kenya for at least three hundred and sixty days (excluding the period of voyage in the case of shipment)
iii) the vehicle is owned and registered in his name and/or his spouse, and where the motor vehicle is purchased on hire purchase terms, the first instalment in respect thereof was paid and delivery taken at least three hundred and sixty days prior to importation.
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To process any documentation, make an import declaration or pay duties to Kenya Customs, you will require the services of a licensed clearing agent with authorized access to the Simba 2005 System used by Customs for clearance of cargo.
A listing of all licensed clearing agents is available here
The import duty rates of all commodities are set out in the EAC Common External Tariff. However, this should be read vis a vis the EAC Gazette Notices that incorporate any changes in the tariff rates.
Contact a licensed clearing agent to lodge an entry with Customs.