Procedure And Requirements For Importing A Vehicle Into Kenya

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Kenyans or people dwelling in Kenya can access the services of importing commodities in Kenya through various procedures. The process of importing a second hand vehicle in Kenya is very simple. To import a vehicle to Kenya, you will need to acquire services of a clearing agent in Kenya. A clearing agent in Kenya will electronically document the vehicle to be imported in Kenya Customs offices. Documenting process of importing a vehicle in Kenya takes place online on the Kenya Customs online system called Simba 2005 system. The clearing agent in Kenya clears the goods/vehicle to be imported on your behalf.

An Import Declaration Fee (IDF) in Kenya is payable for clearance of imported goods/vehicles in Kenya. The Import Declaration Fee in Kenya is usually 2.25% of the CIF Value/price of the goods or a minimum of Ksh 5,000.

What is CIF value of a vehicle in Kenya?

CIF value in Kenya is the customs value of the vehicle in Kenya. The CIF cost includes Cost of the vehicle/goods, Insurance charged and Freight cost of the vehicle/goods (CIF). Customs office in Kenya will assess duty payable on a vehicle/ good to be imported to Kenya depending on the value of the item and the duty rate applicable. The CIF value of the vehicle in Kenya is also deduced from the Current Retail Selling Price (CRSP) of the vehicle in Kenya.

According to Kenya Bureau of Standards, KS 1515:2000 quality standard in Kenya, Motor vehicles of over 8 years old cannot be allowed to be imported into Kenya. Kenya Customs office in Kenya is responsible for the enforcement of Kenya Bureau of Standards requirement on the age of imported goods and vehicles into Kenya.

Duty payable while importing a vehicle in Kenya

The Import Duty payable while importing a vehicle into Kenya is 25% of the CIF value of the vehicle. The Excise Duty payable during importation of a vehicle into Kenya is 20% of the CIF value of the vehicle in Kenya plus the Import Duty calculated (CIF value + Import Duty). The VAT payable during importation of a vehicle into Kenya is 16% of the (CIF value + Import Duty + Excise Duty). And as stated, the IDF (Import Declaration Fee) payable in Kenya is 2.25% of the CIF value or Ksh. 5,000, whichever is higher. There is a simpler way of getting all the costs of importing a vehicle in Kenya- using a calculator at www.ushurucalc.com 

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