What is Cost to Import a Car to Kenya?

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Import a Used Car from Japan to Kenya in 2020: Vehicles that you import into Kenya must meet the Kenya Bureau of standard code of practice for inspection of road vehicles, which ensures that the vehicle meets safety and environmental standards. The code spells out the major criteria for acceptance of vehicles of importation:

Duty Cost to Import a Used Car from Japan to Kenya in 2020:

The vehicle import duty varies by the vehicle you have imported; import duty depends on a few factors, which determine the Current Retail Selling Price (CRSP) of the vehicle straight from the manufacturing plant:

  1. Month/Year of Manufacture/Registration: Dec/2013, Jun/2014
  2. Vehicle Make: Mercedes, BMW, Toyota, Land Rover, Subaru, Nissan.
  3. The Vehicle Model: Allion, Premio, Advan, Bluebird, Defender 110.
  4. Vehicle Engine Capacity: 1496cc, 1800cc, 2000cc, etc.


You have pay import duty through the Customs Services Department of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) payable to the National Bank of Kenya and Co-operative Bank of Kenya when you clearing an imported vehicle which includes:

  1. Import duty: 25% of the Customs value (CIF) of the vehicle i.e. 25% of (Invoice value + Insurance + Freight charges)
  2. Excise duty: 20% of (Customs Value + Import Duty)
  3. VAT: 16% of (Customs Value + Import Duty + Excise Duty)
  4. IDF: 2.25% of the CIF value or Ksh 5,000, whichever is higher is payable.


Age Limit to Import a Used Car from Japan to Kenya in 2020:

The vehicle needs to be under 8 years if under 1500cc and 5 years if more than 1500cc from the date of production.


Left Hand Drive to Import a Used Car from Japan to Kenya in 2020:

All left-hand drive vehicles are not allowed for registration unless they are for the special purpose approved by the Government of Kenya e.g. Ambulances.

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