June 3, 2016
Importing your car into Kenya is really as easy as 1-2-3. It starts with choosing the right logistics partner to help you freight your car of choice into the country without a hassle. With over 30 years in the logistics industry, Siginon Global Logistics is your best bet to smoothly handle your vehicle into Kenya at the best rate and deliver it to you safely and securely.
To help you through the sea freight process, here are a few steps that you should follow.
1. Facilitate the same, we will need the following documents for clearance:
• Original Commercial Invoice
• Original Bill of Lading –B/L (by sea) or Air Way Bill-AWB (by air)
• Authentic Original Logbook from country of origin.
If the logbook is in a foreign language, an English translation issued by the respective Embassy, High Commission or a consulate based here in Kenya must be furnished to Customs to authenticate the foreign logbook.
• Cancellation of the foreign Logbook
• Road worthiness Certificate by authorized Inspection companies.
• Personal identification number
• Identity card – for individuals OR a Certificate of incorporation/ registration – for companies
• Letter of authority – appointing Siginon Global Logistics as the appointed Clearing Agent.
• Form A
• Jevic inspection certificate
2. Once you have received the B/L/AWB Copy, invoice, Jevic Inspection certificate and foreign logbook, email copies to firstname.lastname@example.org to enable the Siginon Global Logistics to track the vessel and receive the vehicle as soon as the vessel is discharged/off loaded.
3. After the vessel/aircraft arrives at the port Mombasa or JKIA airport, we will arrange to receive the vehicle/s and safely transfer it to our CFS or Siginon Aviation air cargo terminal facility within 48 hours of the vessel docking at the Mombasa Port or 3 days for vehicles delivered by air.
4. The Siginon Global Logistics customs clearance team will electronically process the import documentation through Kenya Customs on the Simba 2005 system and clear the vehicle on your behalf. An import declaration fee (IDF) of 2.25% of the CIF Value subject to a minimum of Ksh.5, 000.00 is payable.
5. Customs officers based in the Container Freight Station (CFS) and Siginon Aviation will assess duty payable depending on the value of the item(s) and the duty rate applicable. The East African Community Common External Tariff lays out the duty rates of imported items.
6. Once we have declared the vehicle with customs, we will be issued with a Tax report also known as a customs entry which has a specific number unique to your car that shows the taxes payable, the duty payable on the importation of the motor vehicle is as follows:
Import Duty: 25% of the CIF value of the vehicle
Excise Duty: 20% of the (CIF value + Import Duty)
VAT: 16% of the (CIF value + Import Duty + Excise Duty)
IDF: 2.25% of the CIF value or Ksh. 5,000, whichever is higher, is payable. CIF – This is the customs value of the vehicle i.e. the Cost, Insurance & Freight paid for the vehicle. The CIF -value of the vehicle is also deduced from the Current Retail Selling Price (CRSP) of the vehicle.
• Duty is paid through a bankers cheque addressed to the “Commissioner of Customs KRA” or alternatively you can remit the funds to Siginon Group Ltd and we will arrange to make the payment on your behalf.
• Once the payment is made, the customs entry is passed by customs officers after which we proceed for physical verification of the unit against the documents. The verification confirms the details of the unit against the documents provided.
• Once all the details are confirmed, the entry is given the final release which means the vehicle has been cleared by the Kenya Revenue Authority –Customs department into the local market.
7. Secure port/CFS charges and pay. We will then consolidate all clearance documents and lodge for registration of the unit which takes approx. 3days.
8. Once we secure the registration plates the unit is driven out of the customs area. We will then deliver the unit to your doorstep either self-driven or by our own Car carrier, depends on your preference.
Important to Note:
* Left Hand Drive: All left hand drive vehicles are not allowed in Kenya for registration unless they are for special purpose i.e. Ambulances, Fire Engines and large construction vehicles imported for projects and to be eventually donated to the Kenyan Government.
*Road Worthiness: All used vehicles imported into Kenya shall be inspected for Road Worthiness, safety and other requirement.
For further information, please email: email@example.com or call +254 (0)20 210 81 85