Tax: up to 20%

Duties: up to 25%

Restricted items: Certain HS codes require CAK approval.

Non-working days: Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays 

Lead times: 2-5 weeks depending on licensing requirements

Best Carrier option: Freight Forwarder or Courier

Prominent Languages: Swahili and English

The Complexities of Importing into Kenya

The Tech industry in Kenya is growing rapidly, with many multinationals looking to expand here. However, imports are strictly regulated in Kenya and several additional compliance procedures must be followed before goods can be shipped or cleared. For example, certain HS codes beginning with “85” require extra approvals, and specific shipment value thresholds trigger a mandatory pre-inspection test. Certain couriers are also preferred over others because they can offer faster delivery times. 

How TecEx Can Help You Import into Kenya

TecEx will arrange all appropriate pre-compliance, including pre-inspections and approvals, on our clients’ behalf, ensuring everything is in order when goods arrive at customs. Our strong relationships with top freight companies ensure your equipment is delivered in the quickest time possible. The information below highlights important considerations when shipping into Kenya. 

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