Apply For A Motor Trade Number And Permit In Kenya

We have 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 (14%)

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.

How do I get a number plate in Kenya?

How To Register a Car Number Plate in Kenya

  1. Certified copy of national identity card of vehicle owner or valid Passport.
  2. Personal Identification Certificate Number (PIN) card.
  3. Bill of Lading or Airway Bill.
  4. Import Declaration Form (IDF)
  5. Duty and VAT receipts.
  6. Import entry form (Form 63)
  7. Foreign log book translated into English.
  8. Clean Report of Findings (CRF)