East Africa

East Africa

Importing cars to Kenya


Kenya’s economy is only third to South Africa’s and Nigeria’s economy as the biggest and most advanced economy in sub-Saharan Africa. .The country has a well developed infrastructure and is considered as one of the most important locations for businesses seeking entry into the African continent. Kenya has a fast growing middle-class that is the main market for second hand vehicles from Japan and the United Kingdom. Japan has in the past aggressively marketed its vehicle exports to Kenya. However, the Kenyan public is becoming more and more informed and is now opening up for more diverse and better quality vehicles from Europe. The UK is the biggest source of these vehicles having a pool of large right hand cars than any other country in Europe.

IN the car import scene, the following points are worth noting:.

  1. Only cars that meet the 8 year rule can be imported to Kenya. For example in 2015 only cars that were registered from 2008 onwards are allowed
  2. Inspection is mandatory. QISJ or JEVIC (or whichever the native country declares) must perform the vehicle inspection in the UK. Without this inspection, you stand paying hefty penalties at the port of Mombasa
  3. Only Right Hand Vehicles are allowed. Vehicles in Kenya are driven on the left hand side. Exemption to this are special vehicles like ambulances.

For more information, visit the following websites:

Kenya Revenue Authority




Importing cars to Uganda

Cars destined to Uganda are exported via the port of Dar-Es-Salaam or Mombasa. Dar-Es-Salaam is usually preferable due to the low rates

  • There is no age Restriction
  • JEVIC is a mandatory inspection

Importing cars to Tanzania

  • Cars destined to Tanzania are imported via the port of Dar-Es-Salaam
  • There is no age restriction
  • Inspection is carried out by JAAI (Japan Automobile Appraisal Institute), a nonprofit organization under the supervision of Japanese government.


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