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How to Import a Duty Free Vehicle in Kenya

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How to Import a Duty Free Vehicle in Kenya by Kenyans247(1): Wed Jan 2020 08:56am
Stages involved in registering a Duty free Vehicle in Kenya are not far different from importing a new private vehicle, the only difference is in the payment of government tax,in that the Duty free vehicle is not required to pay government taxes whereas the private new vehicle pays for taxes.

Registration forms to be completed
Upon satisfaction with the documents , the registration officer issues registration forms to be completed by applicant from the government which includes:

(a)Allocation of Registration Number of New Vehicle Form
(b)Auto vehicle License Form.
(c)Form B
(d)Federal Road Safety Form,
(e)Tax Form.

Police Confirmation and Endorsement
After the completion of the Forms listed above, the registration officer will forward them to the Police Officer attached to the Licensing office to append his/her signature on the Allocation form after verifying and satisfied with the documents along with the vehicle brought for registration.

This is to ensure that the vehicle under registration satisfies all the existing laws binding motor vehicle registration and that the vehicle to be registered is risk free not a stolen vehicle.

Issuance of Number Plate
Upon receipt of the police endorsed document, the registration officer then process for payment based on the type and capacity of vehicle;

Collection of issued Number Plate

The following are the steps required to obtain a new Number plate.

Applicants desired number is sent for VERIFICATION.
Documents submitted for registration of vehicle are confirmed with the above stated requirements.
Filling of special number request form by applicant after which payments are made to appropriate banks.
Applicant returns duly completed form and proof of payments
Produced special plates are documented and handed to the owner alongside other documents.
The issued number plate will then be handed over to the applicant,The number plate for duty free vehicles differs from the other vehicles


Not all vehicles that are manufactured for sale in the Foreign countries can be imported into Kenya. As a general rule, if the vehicle you plan to import was manufactured for sale in the other countries and is less than 25 years old, or is a bus manufactured on or after January 1, 1971, you must find out if it qualifies for importation under Transport Kenya's Registrar of Imported Vehicles.

The duty free vehicle has opened up the opportunities for Diaspora returnees to be privileged in a number of other areas, including exemptions from custom duties, as well as regulations allowing investors to import duty free vehicles, capital goods and the construction materials necessary for the establishment of new enterprises or for the expansion or upgrading of existing ones.

A vehicle in respect of which relief has been granted may not be sold or otherwise disposed of, hired out, lent or given as security in Kenya during the 12 months following the date of registration without payment of the exempted taxes

Required Documents
the vehicle registration document
the certificate of insurance
the sales invoice, receipt of purchase or other similar document
evidence of the date on which the vehicle was brought into Ethiopia (e.g. proof of shipping).
Original passport to confirm the above
Vehicle Log book to confirm the above
Bill of Lading
Pre Inspection Certificate
KRA Pin Card
You will also be required to produce evidence of use of the vehicle abroad. This evidence should include

service and maintenance records
fuel receipts
documentation to indicate that annual circulation and registration taxes have been paid etc.

Office Locations & Contacts
Kenya Revenue Authority
Tel: +254 (020) 4999 999

Cell: +254 (0711) 099 999

Email: callcentre@kra.go.ke


To be Eligible, the applicant:

The Applicant must be a diplomats or their family members
members of the administrative and technical staff of a diplomatic mission
certain officials, including Defence Forces personnel, serving abroad on UN missions.
must have been living or serving abroad for a continuous period of one year or more,
must have had possession of and used the vehicle, outside the Kenya, for at least 12 months before the date of transfer of residence to Kenya, and
must not have been granted exemption from KRA on similar grounds within the preceding five years.

Valid for a long time

The owner of the Vehicle has to renew the registration with the Land Transportation Office in Kenya by law.

An inspection report which details the specifics of the vehicle and the corresponding emission test done to check the vehicle is in a good condition before it is permitted to be used on the public roads of Kenya.

Required Information
Full name
Date of birth
Valid identity proof
The Customs Value (CIF Value)
The Engine Size
The Manufacturing Age of the Car
Monthly exchange rate

Need for the Document
A duty-free vehicle" is a vehicle which has been acquired without payment of VAT, Customs Duty, Excise Duty or any other consumption taxes payable and "tax" means Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and other import charges (i.e. Customs Duty and VAT) where applicable.

Any investor may import duty free vehicle in Kenya:

Ambulances used for emergency case of employees
Buses used for tour operation services.
Without prejudice, the board may issue directives on conditions of importing duty free:
up to three 4-wheel drive vehicles for tour operation services
Vehicles for any other investments depending on the type and nature of the project.
In this circumstances there is a relief from tax in respect of a duty-free vehicle that is being brought into the Kenya State by an individual as part of their personal property on transfer of residence.

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Source https://www.wikiprocedure.com/index.php?title=Kenya_-_Import_a_Vehicle_Duty_Free

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