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Customs Regulations

Moving to Kenya or for that matter any Country can become difficult-Unless you make yourself aware of the Customs regulation details in that Country. After all, you do not want your belongings to be stranded in some port in the Country. In some Countries especially, Customs Regulations can be very stringent- and you may suddenly find yourself in a puddle.

The Customs Regulations information listed on our website have been collected from several sources including information made-available-by embassies and government agencies.

Customs Regulations While Shipping to Kenya.

Documents Required.

  • Passport (Original)(if used within two years, t he old passport is also required.
  • Work Permit for Non-Kenyan Citizens
  • Baggage Declaration Form C-18 signed by Customer
  • Inventory in English, valued and detailed showing the number of packages and in triplicate
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Invoices for electrical items and serial numbers
  • Certificate of Change of address
  • Customer must be present at Customs Clearance
  • Goods are subject to 100% customs verification
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty free for returning Kenyan citizens provided they have resided outside Kenya for a minimum of two years and effects are imported three months of owner’s arrival
  • Non-Kenyan citizens (first time arrivals) are permitted to import used household goods and personal effects duty-free within three months of work permit being issued
  • Kenyan citizens who have resided for more than two years outside Kenya are entitled to import used household goods and personal effects duty –free.
  • Household goods must have been in owner’s possession for at least one year prior to import. If new, duty will be charged at the current rates
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • New items (may require Import Licence and are subject to payment of customs duties and taxes)
  • Fabric pieces
  • Trade goods or goods for sale or disposed to other persons
  • Aircraft and vessels of all kinds
  • Used Machinery
  • All computers whether new or old (except under diplomatic status) or unless imported by a student who is studying computer studies.
  • Weapons, Silencers, ammunitions, toy guns and explosives, including tear gas. Firearms require a certificate to be issued by Nairobi Firearms Bureau for import
  • Plants, seeds, bulbs, fresh fruits and vegetables (unless a permit is obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture stating that the plants are free from disease)
  • Pornographic Material
  • Drugs
  • Political Literature
  • Importation highly restricted and time consuming
  • First time arrivals to Kenya and returning Kenyan citizens residing outside Kenya for a minimum of two years are permitted to import one auto duty-free provided:
  • Auto is more than three months old and has been registered in owner’s name for more than three months
  • Auto is less than 2,500cc
  • Auto is not sold within 12 months of import
  • Owner’s work permit has been approved for first time arrivals to Kenya
  • Owner is 18 yrs of age or older
  • Import Declaration Form (IDF) and Clean Report of Finding (CRF) normally referred to as the Certificate of Conformity and issued by a Pre- Shipment Inspection Institution appointed by the Kenya Bureau of Standards
  • Authority to Import Vehicle Letter
  • Original Logbook
  • Certificate of Registration (indicating the engine and chassis numbers, first date of registration and engine capacity)
  • Certificate of local value
  • Passport (if issued within last two years, the old passport is also required)
  • Customs C 17 Form
  • New autos require invoice bearing engine and chassis numbers
  • Work Permit
  • Import Permit must be obtained from the Veterinary Department at Kabete, Nairobi prior to shipping
  • Up to Date Vaccination Certificate from Country of Origin must be provided on arrival
  • Dogs and Cats are exempt from value added tax but are dutiable
  • Birds and Birds Eggs are prohibited.

NB: Customs Regulations of Kenya are subject to change at any time and without notice. The proceeding information is a brief summary of Customs Regulations applicable to household goods shipment to Kenya (this destination) and is being provided for general guidance to assist our customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, we cannot be held liable for any costs, damages, or other detrimental events resulting from Non Compliance. Always double check with your local embassy, or consultant before you make your move to Kenya.

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