Guides and tips on importing vehicle to kenya
How to understand the Japanese Auction SheetAn auction sheet is a document filled by a vehicle inspector as they inspect a car in a Japanese auction.
The document describes in detail the condition of the car, its options, accessories and any defects.
The auction sheet is therefore a very important document and greatly determines the cost of the vehicle.
Japanese auction inspection officers are very objective in their reporting on the car condition so as to uphold high trust and credibility for the dealers/auctions system.
What is the grading
system used at Japanese auction houses?
Different auctions may
have their own, individual car assessment systems but most
auction houses have adopted below condition ratings:
Documents required for clearing and registration of vehicle in KenyaWe will require below
documents to clear and register your vehicle in Kenya:
Ø Copy of Kenya revenue Authority (KRA) PIN
Ø Copy of national identity card for
individuals or copy of incorporation certificate for companies.
Ø Original bill of lading. We will obtain
this from our shipping company in Japan.
Duty-Free vehicle import for DiplomatsThe government of Kenya allows you to import a duty-free vehicle if you are a diplomat working in Kenya.
You will need to liaise with the protocol /liaison officer in your organization who will carry out the necessary checks to confirm that you are eligible for import duty exemption.
The protocol officer will also assist you in the process of getting the necessary approvals from the ministry of foreign affairs.
You will need to select a vehicle that meets the requirements for import to Kenya as stipulated by the government. Click here to view general rules and regulations for import of vehicles to Kenya.
Which documents will we require from you for vehicle Clearance in Mombasa port?
1. Scanned copy of PRO 1B form that has been approved by the ministry of foreign affairs - This is the application form for authority to import duty-free vehicle by entitled foreign personnel in Kenya. Click here to view a blank PRO 1B form.
The protocol / liaison officer in your organization will assist you in the application / submission of PRO 1B to the ministry of foreign affairs for approval.
2. Copy of PIN Certificate from Kenya revenue authority (KRA). You can apply for the PIN certificate via KRA website.
3. Your original diplomatic passport and diplomatic ID. We will only require this once the vehicle arrives in Mombasa and will return to you as soon as the vehicle has been cleared. Clearing process in Mombasa will take about 3 or 4 days.
Rules and regulations for import of vehicles to KenyaVehicle Age-
Age of vehicle should not exceed eight years i.e. from year of first Registration
in Japan e.g. in year 2020, you can only import vehicles registered from year
-The difference between the date of
manufacture and the date of first registration should be not
more than one year.
Right Hand Drive Vehicles -
Vehicle imported for use in Kenya should be right hand drive (RHD) because
drivers should always drive on the left side of the road in Kenya.
Returning Residents (LHD vehicle countries)Guidelines for importation of duty free
vehicles by Kenya residents returning from countries that operate LHD vehicles
Following His Excellency the President’s directive
that returning residents from the Diaspora who cannot enjoy duty free facility
on their left hand vehicles be allowed to import into Kenya vehicles of similar
category duty free, The National Treasury and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
have developed guidelines to implement the directive.
The guidelines here below will be administered by the Kenya Revenue Authority
and all applications to utilize the facility should therefore be made to the Commissioner
of Customs Services.
East Africa Motors Ltd is a company Registered in Kenya.
We assist our clients within East Africa to source quality vehicles direct from auctions in Japan.
We are in Karen Brooks, Opposite "The Waterfront", Langata Road, Nairobi.