Import a Car from UK to Kenya


UK Car Export Shipping to Kenya

Why use CarLuv for UK Car Sourcing and Export?

  • We are a leading UK car exporter to Kenya, specialising in vehicle sourcing, KEBS inspection, shipping to Mombasa with comprehensive services delivery up to Nairobi.
  • We meticulously source from reputable UK individuals, prestigious British Car Auctions, and trusted car dealers to ensure you receive the best deal and quality.
  • Our expertise guarantees a perfect match for your needs, delivering your desired car with unbeatable price and condition directly from the UK market.
  • With dedicated clearing and forwarding agents in Mombasa and Nairobi, we ensure a smooth journey for your car, right to your doorstep.
  • Our list of clientele, including professionals and industrialists, have consistently vouched for our commitment to excellence through referrals.

Car Sourcing & Export to Mombasa

How it Works

  1. Enter Details below to receive car quotes with photos.
  2. We will send you a selection of cars matching your requirements within 24 hours.
  3. You select a car from the list and we send you a pro-forma invoice including shipping, clearing and forwarding.
  4. You pay for the car plus shipping cost and we take the vehicle to port for the next available ship to Mombasa.
  5. We DHL the bill of lading, logbook, spare key and test certificate directly to you.
  6. We introduce you to our clearing and forwarding agent and you pay them the C&F charges.
  7. Your car is delivered to your home!

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Kenya Car Sourcing & Shipping

RORO & Container Shipping to Mombasa

We have a ship that sails from the UK fortnight. Your car will be exported to your desired delivery port or to a port where you can individually collect your car. We use RoRo shipping and Container Shipping methods. All vehicles are subject to Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) pre-shipment inspection costing £250 each.

RoRo Shipping

Roll on Roll off (RoRo) shipping

This method is where the car is driven in and out of the ship. This shipping method is cheaper and most commonly used method.

RoRo Shipping Charges to Mombasa

From Tilbury / Sheerness / Immingham Ports

 – £1,200 (Saloon / Sedan)
 – £1,270 (4×4 / SUV)

Container Shipping

Shipping By Container

Container shipping your car will be secured within a shipping container and loaded onto the ship. Although container shipping is more expensive compared to RoRo shipping, it is more secure offers Mombasa or Inland Container Depot (ICD), Embakasi, Nairobi. It is most preferred if you are buying a highly valuable car, or you are sending the car alongside other items such as spare parts or household goods. Containers come in two sizes; the 20-foot and the 40-foot container. The 20-foot container is ideal for one car, while the 40-foot is ideal for two cars.

Container Shipping Charges to Kenya

– £1,975 (20-foot container – 1 car)
 – £2,800 (40-foot container – 2 cars)

UK Customs & Documentation

We will make all the customs and border entries on your behalf to ensure there are no delays or avoid the detention of your car at the Port. Apart from this, we will organize and prepare the necessary documents as needed in Kenya. These documents may include Marine insurance, UK Logbook, KEBS pre-shipment inspection certificate and receipts required for the import and shipping process. The documents will be sent to you through DHL before the arrival of the ship to allow you or your agent to initiate the clearing procedure.

Clearing and Forwarding to Nairobi

We will send you all the vehicle documentation of ownership and introduce you to our clearing agent in Kenya who can do all the necessary work of clearing and forwarding your car up to Nairobi.

CarLuv KRA Car Duty Calculator 2024

You can use our KRA car duty calculator below to estimate duty according to the latest KRA guidelines updated September 2023. This tool will use the KRA Current Retail Selling Price (CRSP database) to compute the applicable taxes, levies, and duty. Please note the results are an estimate and could be different when calculated at Mombasa port.

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Kenya Car Import FAQ

On top of KRA duties and taxes you will pay Ksh 160,800 as follows:

  • Port charge & SGR Ksh. 120,00
  • Verification fee Ksh. 15,000.00 
  • Interpol Ksh. 15,000.00 
  • Mss levy Ksh. 2,000.00 
  • Radiation Ksh. 1,000.00 
  • Ntsa sticker Ksh. 800 
  • Idf fee Ksh. 2,000.00 
  • Local transport Ksh. 25,000 
  • Agents fee Ksh. 100,000

It takes approximately 4-6 weeks from the UK departure port to reach Mombasa port by ship.

Kenya does not allow the importation of cars that are beyond eight years so in 2024 your vehicle must not be older than 2017 from first UK registration.

On top of KRA duties and taxes you will pay Ksh 160,800 as follows:

  • Port charge & SGR Ksh. 120,00
  • Verification fee Ksh. 15,000.00 
  • Interpol Ksh. 15,000.00 
  • Mss levy Ksh. 2,000.00 
  • Radiation Ksh. 1,000.00 
  • Ntsa sticker Ksh. 800 
  • Idf fee Ksh. 2,000.00 
  • Local transport Ksh. 25,000 
  • Agents fee Ksh. 100,000

Yes, we have an agent in Sarit Centre, Nairobi.

Yes, we offer bank finance of up to 80% of the full vehicle including taxes in Kenya. Please speak to our Kenyan office staff.

Yes, if you are a disabled badge holder you can apply to Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to clear a car  duty free. Certain conditions must be met regarding the vehicle maximum engine capacity. Carluv has experience in clearing disabled badge holder duty free vehicles so let us know and we can advice.

CARLUV mechanics perform a thorough mechanical and body check and a 5 mile road test of all vehicles.

In addition, we ensure the car has current UK Ministry of Transport (MOT) certificate without any major advisory.

Before exporting any vehicle to Kenya, CARLUV ensures it undergoes a mandatory Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) inspection.

We also do a HPI check to make sure the car is not stolen and mileage is genuine amongst other points..

We prefer to receive initial payment for deposit to reserve the vehicle and remove it from market. Once you are ready to pay the balance, we prefer bank transfer of the cost of vehicle cost plus shipping charged (CIF).

We can also discuss other modes of paying such as export Letter of Credit.

It depends on the car’s value. For low valued mass imported vehicles of below KSH 2 million it is normally cheaper to source from a reputable Kenya car dealer. However, for high end cars like SUVs and pickups normally priced beyond KSh. 2.5m it can be cheaper to import. There is also the aspect of “foreign used car” which may mean you could get a comparable car in better condition due to better road conditions.

Yes, we can handle payment, do inspection, test drive, report and arrange shipping to Mombasa for a nominal fee. Send details to get a quote at [email protected].

Kenya does not allow importing of LHD vehicles but allows duty-free importation of an equivalent RHD vehicle for returning residents.

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