This Q and A provides you with the necessary information about all costs, the amount you will pay for all the elements as well as anything extra you may need.

How much does it cost to ship a car from UK to Kenya?

It depends whether you ship by RoRo or Container.

RoRo Shipping Charges from the UK to Mombasa
From Tilbury / Sheerness / Immingham Ports
 – £920 (Saloon / Sedan)
 – £1,040 (4×4 / SUV)

Container Shipping Charges from the UK to Kenya
 – £1,550 (20-foot container – 1 car)
 – request (40-foot container – 2 cars)

How old should a car be to import to Kenya?

The vehicle must be less than 8 years from the year of registration (not month). You can ascertain UK car registration date by entering its registration number in the UK Government DVLA website

What is the cheapest way to ship a car?

The cheapest way to ship a car is by Roll on Roll Off (RoRo).

How much it costs to deliver a car from Mombasa to Nairobi?

Transporting your car to Nairobi
It costs Ksh 25,000 to transport a car to Nairobi by truck using carrier. We can also hire a driver for Ksh. 5,000 including insurance. It is even cheaper if you have a trustable individual to drive your car to Nairobi.

What is the cost of clearing a Car in Mombasa

Fees charged at the Port
You will be charged approximately Ksh 60000 to 8000 depending on the vehicle size. The cost includes radiation fees, IDF fees, and a free storage for 14 to 27 days within the CFS.

Clearing agent
The completion of IDF entry will be done by your clearing agent at approximately Ksh 10000 to 30000.  However, we can conduct both clearance and registration of your car at 8% of the value of your car.  This fee may be lower if you clear a substantial amount of the cost before the initiation of the process.

Fees associated with Excise, Import Duty, Value Added Tax and Levies
KRA will provide the CRSP table used during the calculation of duties for used cars. The calculation is not always a clear-cut process. You can check out below KRA Duty Calculator to calculate levies, taxes, and duty.
Fees associated with Car Registration

Registering your car will cost approximately Ksh 15000 to 23000 and can be done by your clearing agent. For cars with special number plates, transferring the number plate will cost Ksh 30000. Registration of the car may be delayed. You can collect your car from CFS after registration.

Cars bought using Asset Finance
The finance provider will require you install a tracker on your car. The installation may range from Ksh 50000 to 750000 which is automatically added during quotation.

How much does it cost to import a UK car to Kenya?

Cost of the Vehicle
While some dealers sell cars at a discount some do not offer any discount. Instead, some dealers add a fee of £100 to £300 to the price previously marketed. While independent dealers often offer discounts, they do not perform car services since you were offered a discount. In most cases, the cost of a car is reflected by the amount you pay ultimately.

VAT Qualified Cars
Cars that are not more than three or four years old since manufacture may qualify for VAT if it was initially owned by a company or enterprise. You will incur 20% less the advertised price. Despite this, there are dealers who are not ready to reclaim VAT due to the paperwork involved. We deal with cars that are net of VAT and also reclaim VAT on your behalf.

The transport cost to UK Port
Transportation cost within the UK are at £2 per mile from car destination to port which includes the cost of driver, fuel, insurance and time.

QIS Japan Inspection
After the collection of your car, QISJ for Kenya will inspect your car. The inspection costs approximately £200.

Shipping cost UK to Mombasa
Most importers consider “Roll on roll off” services as a cheap and popular shipping option. There is also an alternative to using a container. It costs £1,200 to ship and SUVand by RORO and £1,550 by 20ft container to Mombasa. Extra costs are associated with container services and may range between Ksh 20000 and 30000 at Mombasa port. Containers are ideal for expensive cars of £60,000 and above. The disadvantages of using containers are the extra expense and difficulties of nominating a Container Freight Service (CFS) at Mombasa.

Fees paid to the import agent
You can select a CarLuv in purchasing and exporting the car. Most UK dealers will stay away from overseas buyers because of the complexity of the process. We will shop for a car that is affordable and within your budget, conduct quality assessment and negotiation, and make sure that the seller provides all accessories such as spare tyre, keys and mats. We will confirm the car’s mileage and ensure high standard maintenance of the care, book your car for shipping, and make sure it arrives at the port in time. We have an office in Nairobi where we DHL all important paperwork for safekeeping. We can also send them to your clearing agent.

You should be aware that some UK dealers may claim to offer export services which instead, it not their primary focuses. Your export will be delayed if not managed professionally.

How is car duty calculated in Kenya?

The charges are calculated as follows:
KRA will provide the current Retail Selling Price(CRSP) of your vehicle
Import Duty is 25% of the CRSP.
Excise Duty is 20% of the CRSP + Import Duty.
16% of the CRSP + Import Duty + Excise Duty is VAT.
2.25% of the CRSP is the IDF Fee.

KRA Duty Calculator

Please enter car details below to get an estimate of the amount of duties and taxes for your vehicle. You can find the month of manufacture by inputting car registration at the UK Government licence plate checker website  UK DVLA website.


We hope this article provided you will the fundamental knowledge to importing your car from UK to Kenya.

It is easy if you use a proficient and competent importer. Selecting a car to purchase is the most challenging task and that is the reason of our existence.

We will help you with this process. Contact us for export a car from uk to kenya.

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