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How to Import Household Goods and Personal Effects in Kenya
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|How to Import Household Goods and Personal Effects in Kenya by Kenyans247(1): Wed Jan 2020 09:12am|
There are two cases of importation of household goods and personal effect. These are, importation by First arrivals and importation by returning Kenya residents.
Apply in Person
Visit the customs office at the port of entry in Kenya to make your application to import your household goods and personal effects. You may also use an agent for this purpose. Here you will be given an application form to fill and submit.
At the time of importation, submit the completed application for tax and duty free allowance form to the customs office of importation at the port entry in Kenya.
You should also submit all supporting documents together with the application form. A list of required documents are provided at the required documents section .These include;
(a). Passport - original, (if issued within last 2 years, the old passport is also required)
(b). Residence Visa/Work Permit – original
(c). Alien ID
(d). PIN Certificate (obtained through the Kenya Revenue Authority)
(e). Bill of Lading/Air Waybill (original)
(f). Comprehensive Valued Inventory (3 copies), detailed per box /boxes numbered, signed by owner
(g). Comprehensive Packing List
(h). Authority letter (Nominating a licensed customs clearing agent to act on their behalf)
(i). Original logbook from country of importation in case of motor vehicle
(j). List all household goods and personal effects.
You should also provide proof of the transfer of domicile, Additional required information can be found in the instructions on the application form.
After submission the Customs Office will verify the documents and the Application for Tax and Duty Free Allowance and charges taxes and duties on any household effects not eligible for tax and duty free allowance;
The importer/agent will then pay taxes and duties (if any) at the Cashier Division, and then contact the Customs to release goods;
Finally the Customs Office will inspects the imported household effects against the declaration. If there is no discrepancy between the declaration made and the goods inspected, all goods will be released.
Passport - original, (if issued within last 2 years, the old passport is also required)
Residence Visa/Work Permit – original
PIN Certificate (obtained through the Kenya Revenue Authority)
Bill of Lading/Air Waybill (original)
Comprehensive Valued Inventory (3 copies), detailed per box /boxes numbered, signed by owner
Comprehensive Packing List
Authority letter (Nominating a licensed customs clearing agent to act on their behalf)
Original logbook from country of importation in case of motor vehicle
Office Locations & Contacts
Kenya Revenue Authority- Head Office
Times Tower, 19th Floor, Haile Selassie Avenue
P.O. Box 30742 Tel. 310900, Fax 315987 Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: 2813068, 2813160, 2812011.
Fax: 253532,240929, Nairobi Kenya.
Email: email@example.com Website: KRA
KRA Call Centre
Tel: +254 (020) 4999 999/ 4998 000
Cell: +254 (0711) 099 999
Kenya Airports Authority
Head Office, Off Airport North Road.
P.O Box 19001 (00501) Nairobi Kenya
Mobile: +254 722 205 061/2/3/4/5/6/7/8
Kenya Ports Authority
P.O. Box 95009-80104 Mombasa
Website: KRA https://kpa.co.ke/
Both Kenyan and non-Kenya residents changing residence into Kenya are eligible to bring used/second-hand household effects into Kenya, in reasonable quantities, free of taxes and duties.
Returning Kenyans are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects. The returning residents should be above 18 years of age and must have resided outside Kenya for a period of two years.
Personnel arriving for a new contract into the country are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects/household goods and one motor vehicle, provided that the contract is for a term not less than two years.
No fees is charged for importation. Household goods and personal effects are tax exempt.
The validity period of 30 days from the time of entry into Kenya.
Documents to Use
Application for importation documents are provided at the customs office at the port entry in Kenya
A maximum of three months
Kenya - Import Household Goods and Personal Effects
Your household goods and personal effects should be imported within 3 months of arrival.
Full name and contact details of the Applicant
Date of Birth
Purpose of visit
Details and contact address of parents or guardian where the applicant shall be staying in Kenya.
Passport - original, (if issued within last 2 years, the old passport is also required)
Residence Visa/Work Permit
PIN Certificate obtained through the Kenya Revenue Authority
Bill of Lading/Air Waybill original
Comprehensive Valued Inventory 3 copies, detailed per box w/boxes numbered, signed by owner
Power of Attorney giving authority for Destination Agent to arrange customs clearance
Need for the Document
This allows returning residents and first time arrivals to import their household goods and personal effects into Kenya tax free.
Information which might help
Imported goods by returning residents that are owned for less than 12 months are subject to duty and Good Service Tax assessment.
Information for First Arrivals
Personnel arriving for a new contract into the country are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects/household goods and one motor vehicle.
(a). This is provided that the contract is for a term not less than two years.
(b). Used household goods and personal effects are duty exempt provided goods have been owned and used by the client for a minimum of one year and
(c). The goods should be imported within three months of the Work Permit being issued.
(d). These Items cannot be sold, lent or otherwise disposed-off during stay of a client who is under work permit.
(e). One should not have been granted any of these exemptions before.
(f). One must not have resided in Kenya before arrival other than on temporary non-resident visa.
(g). You must not have been granted a similar exemption previously.
Information for Returning Residents
Returning Kenyans are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects.
(a). If you are intending to change residence to come back to Kenya, you must be over 18 years old.
(b). Provide your original valid passport used for the last 2 years or any previous passport other than the current passport. (The entry and exit stamps are used by customs to check the compliance of the regulation).
(c). You must provide proof of living abroad for two years and have their effects imported within 3 months of arrival.
(d). The importer must be changing residence and not just been out of the country merely on temporary non-residential visit.
Importing Household Goods and Personal Effects into Kenya
New computers, computer printers and parts only attract Import Declaration Fees of 2.25% of cost,(CIF).However, used computers attract excise duty at the rate of 25%,and Import Declaration Fees of 2025% of cost,(CIF)
Books do not attract import duty and VAT. However there is an Import Declaration Fees of 2.25% of cost (CIF)
Filming and photography equipment may be allowed into the country on a temporary basis upon clearance through the Customs Simba 2005 System.
Such importation is not subject to Import Declaration Form (IDF). However, a security bond has to be furnished with the undertaking that the equipment will be exported within such period, not exceeding twelve months from the date of importation.
A non-refundable deposit of 1% of the value of the goods or Ksh.30,000, whichever is higher, is payable. You must also fill and submit a "Custom service Port Form" in order to import unaccompanied household effects into the Kenya, although not permanently. No form is needed if you plan to travel along with your goods, however, a manifest listing the items contained in your vehicle is necessary to present to the officer at the Port of Entry.
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