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How to Import a Vehicle to Kenya Duty Free

KRA has formulated procedures that are simple and efficient for you to import the motor vehicle you have dreamed of owning.

Importation procedure for Motor Vehicle.

What are some of the regulations for importing a car in Kenya?

The vehicle 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%)

What documents are required?

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)

Motor vehicle Importation Process

The motor vehicle Importation process is similar to that of other goods.

 Importing a Vehicle

Watch our tutorial on how to import a second-hand vehicle.

Returning Kenyans are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects part … Must have proof of living abroad for two years and have their effects imported


Stages involved in registering a Duty free Vehicle in Kenya are not far different from importing a new private vehicle, the only difference is in the payment of government tax,in that the Duty free vehicle is not required to pay government taxes whereas the private new vehicle pays for taxes.Registration forms to be completed

Upon satisfaction with the documents , the registration officer issues registration forms to be completed by applicant from the government which includes:(a)Allocation of Registration Number of New Vehicle Form(b)Auto vehicle License Form.(c)Form B(d)Federal Road Safety Form,(e)Tax Form.Police Confirmation and Endorsement

After the completion of the Forms listed above, the registration officer will forward them to the Police Officer attached to the Licensing office to append his/her signature on the Allocation form after verifying and satisfied with the documents along with the vehicle brought for registration.

This is to ensure that the vehicle under registration satisfies all the existing laws binding motor vehicle registration and that the vehicle to be registered is risk free not a stolen vehicle.Issuance of Number Plate

Upon receipt of the police endorsed document, the registration officer then process for payment based on the type and capacity of vehicle;
Collection of issued Number Plate

The following are the steps required to obtain a new Number plate.

  • Applicants desired number is sent for VERIFICATION.
  • Documents submitted for registration of vehicle are confirmed with the above stated requirements.
  • Filling of special number request form by applicant after which payments are made to appropriate banks.
  • Applicant returns duly completed form and proof of payments
  • Produced special plates are documented and handed to the owner alongside other documents.

The issued number plate will then be handed over to the applicant,The number plate for duty free vehicles differs from the other vehiclesNote

Not all vehicles that are manufactured for sale in the Foreign countries can be imported into Kenya. As a general rule, if the vehicle you plan to import was manufactured for sale in the other countries and is less than 25 years old, or is a bus manufactured on or after January 1, 1971, you must find out if it qualifies for importation under Transport Kenya’s Registrar of Imported Vehicles.

The duty free vehicle has opened up the opportunities for Diaspora returnees to be privileged in a number of other areas, including exemptions from custom duties, as well as regulations allowing investors to import duty free vehicles, capital goods and the construction materials necessary for the establishment of new enterprises or for the expansion or upgrading of existing ones.

A vehicle in respect of which relief has been granted may not be sold or otherwise disposed of, hired out, lent or given as security in Kenya during the 12 months following the date of registration without payment of the exempted taxeAds by Google

Required Documents

  • the vehicle registration document
  • the certificate of insurance
  • the sales invoice, receipt of purchase or other similar document
  • evidence of the date on which the vehicle was brought into Ethiopia (e.g. proof of shipping).
  • Original passport to confirm the above
  • Vehicle Log book to confirm the above
  • Bill of Lading
  • Pre Inspection Certificate
  • KRA Pin Card

You will also be required to produce evidence of use of the vehicle abroad. This evidence should include

  • service and maintenance records
  • fuel receipts
  • documentation to indicate that annual circulation and registration taxes have been paid etc.

Office Locations & Contacts

Kenya Revenue Authority

Tel: +254 (020) 4999 999

Cell: +254 (0711) 099 999


website:http://www.kra.go.keAds by Google


To be Eligible, the applicant:

  • The Applicant must be a diplomats or their family members
  • members of the administrative and technical staff of a diplomatic mission
  • certain officials, including Defence Forces personnel, serving abroad on UN missions.
  • must have been living or serving abroad for a continuous period of one year or more,
  • must have had possession of and used the vehicle, outside the Kenya, for at least 12 months before the date of transfer of residence to Kenya, and
  • must not have been granted exemption from KRA on similar grounds within the preceding five years.

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