Wikiprocedure > Kenya


Difference between revisions of "Kenya - Import Household Goods and Personal Effects"

From Wikiprocedure
Jump to: navigation, search
m
 
Line 1: Line 1:
 
==Procedure==
 
==Procedure==
At the time of importation, present the completed application form to the customs office of importation at the port entry in Kenya.
+
*There are two cases of importation of household goods and personal effect.  These are, importation by First arrivals and importation by returning Kenya residents.<br><br>
 
+
===Apply in Person===
You should also provide proof of the transfer of domicile using other means (employment contract, lease, confirmation of notice of departure from the country of departure).
+
# Visit the customs office at the port of entry in Kenya to make your application to import your household goods and personal effects. You may also use an agent for this purpose. Here you will be given an application form to fill and submit.<br>
 
+
# At the time of importation, submit the completed application for tax and duty free allowance form to the customs office of importation at the port entry in Kenya.<br>
Additional information can be found in the instructions on the application form.  
+
# You should also submit all supporting documents together with the application form. A list of required documents are provided at the required documents section .These include;<br>
When the importers arrive in Kenya, they have to contact the Customs office at the port of entry to clear the household effects from the Customs custody. They will need to prepare all documents as required by Customs to claim tax and duty free importation of the household effects and follow the processes listed below:
+
#:(a). Passport - original, (if issued within last 2 years, the old passport is also required)<br>
 
+
#:(b). Residence Visa/Work Permit – original<br>
:*The importer/agent submits an Application for Tax and Duty Free Allowance, Import Declaration, and all supporting documents to the Customs office at the port of entry;
+
#:(c). Alien ID<br>
:*Customs verifies the documents and the Application for Tax and Duty Free Allowance and charges taxes and duties on any household effects not eligible for tax and duty free allowance;
+
#:(d). PIN Certificate (obtained through the Kenya Revenue Authority)<br>
:*The importer/agent pays taxes and duties (if any) at the Cashier Division, and then contact the Customs to release goods; and
+
#:(e). Bill of Lading/Air Waybill (original)<br>
:*Customs inspects the imported household effects against the Declaration. If there is no discrepancy between the Declaration made and the goods inspected, all goods will be released.  
+
#:(f). Comprehensive Valued Inventory (3 copies), detailed per box /boxes numbered, signed by owner<br>
To import any commodity into Kenya including Household goods, an importer will have to enlist the services of a clearing agent who will process the import documentation through Kenya Customs electronically on the Simba 2005 system and clear the goods on your behalf. you can visit this link for a list of Licensed clearing Agents in Kenya:
+
#:(g). Comprehensive Packing List<br>
 
+
#:(h). Authority letter (Nominating a licensed customs clearing agent to act on their behalf)<br>
http://www.revenue.go.ke/customs/pdf/THE_LICENSED_CUSTOMS_CLEARING_AGENTS_FOR_THE_YEAR_2007.pdf
+
#:(i). Original logbook from country of importation in case of motor vehicle<br>
 
+
#:(j). List all household goods and personal effects.<br>
 
+
# You should also provide proof of the transfer of domicile, Additional required information can be found in the instructions on the application form.<br>
;The following are the steps to be taken while clearing house hold and personal effects in Kenya.
+
# After submission the Customs Office will verify the documents and the Application for Tax and Duty Free Allowance and charges taxes and duties on any household effects not eligible for tax and duty free allowance;<br>
 
+
# The importer/agent will then pay taxes and duties (if any) at the Cashier Division, and then contact the Customs to release goods;<br>
 
+
# Finally the Customs Office will inspects the imported household effects against the declaration. If there is no discrepancy between the declaration made and the goods inspected, all goods will be released.<br><br>
;Step I - List all the goods that are declared as free entry goods.
 
 
 
The first thing is list all items that are tax free by before filling the declaration form at the point of entry  on the port into Kenya.It is important to indicate that these are Household personal Effects destined to Kenya. 
 
You should be present or either your agent  during Customs clearance, including diplomats.
 
According to the Kenyan law Used household goods and personal effects are duty free provided goods have been owned and used by the client for a minimum of one year and goods are imported within three months of the Work Permit being issued.
 
 
 
Send  a copy of completed inventory of imported goods to the director general of customs,indicating that the imported goods are for personal effect should not be taxed.
 
VAT are allowed on imports of personal and household effects to those who are visiting Kenya or changing their residence from another country to Kenya.
 
 
 
:In order to qualify for exemption given under this category:
 
*a) One must have attained the age of 18 years.
 
*b) One should not have been granted any of these exemptions before.
 
*c) One must not have resided in Kenya before arrival other than on temporary non-resident visa*
 
 
 
You are allowed, among other items, one motor vehicle (excluding buses and mini buses) into the country duty free subject to the following conditions:
 
 
 
:*You must have resided outside Kenya for at least two years during which period you should not have visited Kenya for an aggregate of more than 90 days.
 
:*You must have personally owned and used the motor vehicle for at least twelve months.
 
:*The motor vehicle must not be older than 8 years.
 
:*You must have attained the age of eighteen years.
 
:*You must not have been granted a similar exemption previously.
 
 
 
Other items that may be exempted when imported as baggage by a returning resident are:
 
 
 
:*Wearing apparel.
 
:*Personal and household effects which were in his personal or household use in his former place of residence
 
 
 
New computers, computer printers and parts only attract Import Declaration Fees of 2.25% of cost,(CIF).However, used computers attract excise duty at the rate of 25%,and Import Declaration Fees of 2025% of cost,(CIF)
 
 
 
Books do not attract import duty and VAT. However there is an Import Declaration Fees of 2.25% of cost (CIF)
 
 
 
Filming and photography equipment may be allowed into the country on a temporary basis upon clearance through the Customs Simba 2005 System.
 
 
 
Such importation is not subject to Import Declaration Form (IDF). However, a security bond has to be furnished with the undertaking that the equipment will be exported within such period, not exceeding twelve months from the date of importation.
 
 
 
A non refundable deposit of 1% of the value of the goods or Ksh.30,000, whichever is higher, is payable.
 
You must also fill and submit a "Custom service Port Form" in order to import unaccompanied household effects into the Kenya, although not permanently. No form is needed if you plan to travel along with your goods, however, a manifest listing the items contained in your vehicle is necessary to present to the officer at the Port of Entry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
;Step II - Must have proof of living abroad for two years and have their effects imported within 3 months of arrival into Kenya
 
 
 
You should also have your property of and accompany the passenger, or are imported within 90 days of the date of arrival.
 
 
 
*For the personal or household use of the passenger in Kenya.
 
*Of such kind and in such quantity as the proper officer (Customs Officer)may allow.
 
 
 
Generally, exemptions will be granted on the following items if imported as accompanied baggage:
 
*Spirits (including liqueurs) not exceeding one liter or wine not exceeding 2 liters.
 
*Perfume and toilet water not exceeding in all one half liter, of which not more than a quarter may be perfume.
 
*Cigarette, cigarillos, cigars, cheroot, tobacco and snuff not exceeding in all 250 grammas in weight
 
 
 
 
 
;Step III - On the Declaration form include the followin
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
==Required Documents==
 
==Required Documents==
List down the documents required for successfully completing the procedure.
+
<br>
+
# Passport - original, (if issued within last 2 years, the old passport is also required)<br>
e.g.
+
# Residence Visa/Work Permit – original<br>
1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.
+
# Alien ID<br>
 
+
# PIN Certificate (obtained through the Kenya Revenue Authority)<br>
 +
# Bill of Lading/Air Waybill (original)<br>
 +
# Comprehensive Valued Inventory (3 copies), detailed per box /boxes numbered, signed by owner<br>
 +
# Comprehensive Packing List<br>
 +
# Authority letter (Nominating a licensed customs clearing agent to act on their behalf)<br>
 +
# Original logbook from country of importation in case of motor vehicle<br>
  
 
==Office Locations & Contacts==
 
==Office Locations & Contacts==
Please list down the office locations that can be approached for applying. External links can also be used for specifying office locations.
+
<br>
 
+
;Kenya Revenue Authority- Head Office
 
+
Times Tower, 19th Floor, Haile Selassie Avenue<br>
 
+
P.O. Box 30742 Tel. 310900, Fax 315987 Nairobi, Kenya.<br>
 +
Tel: 2813068, 2813160, 2812011.<br>
 +
Fax: 253532,240929, Nairobi Kenya.<br>
 +
Email: callcentre@kra.go.ke
 +
Website: [https://kra.go.ke/ KRA]<br><br>
 +
;KRA Call Centre
 +
Tel: +254 (020) 4999 999/ 4998 000<br>
 +
Cell: +254 (0711) 099 999<br>
 +
Email: callcentre@kra.go.ke<br><br>
 +
;Kenya Airports Authority
 +
Head Office, Off Airport North Road.<br>
 +
P.O Box 19001 (00501) Nairobi Kenya<br>
 +
Tell: +254-020-6822111/6611000/6612000<br>
 +
Mobile: +254 722 205 061/2/3/4/5/6/7/8<br>
 +
Email: talk2us@kaa.go.ke<br><br>
 +
;Kenya Ports Authority
 +
P.O. Box 95009-80104 Mombasa<br>
 +
+254-41-2112999<br>
 +
customerfeedback@kpa.co.ke<br>
 +
Website: [https://kpa.co.ke KRA]<br><br>
  
 
==Eligibility==
 
==Eligibility==
Both Kenyan and non-Kenya residents changing residence into Kenya are eligible to bring used/secondhand household effects into Kenya, in reasonable quantities, free of taxes and duties. It is also required that the imported used/ secondhand household effects have been owned, possessed, and used in the country where the importers resided before returning to Kenya to resume residence.   
+
<br>
 
+
* Both Kenyan and non-Kenya residents changing residence into Kenya are eligible to bring used/second-hand household effects into Kenya, in reasonable quantities, free of taxes and duties.<br>
*if you are importing Household items, you must be arriving from a place outside Kenya and the items must be your personal property that you owned and used whilst overseas for at least 24 months before departing for Kenya.
+
* Returning Kenyans are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects. The returning residents should be above 18 years of age and must have resided outside Kenya for a period of two years.<br>
 
+
* Personnel arriving for a new contract into the country are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects/household goods and one motor vehicle, provided that the contract is for a term not less than two years.<br><br>
*Imported goods that are owned for less than 12 months are subject to duty and Good Service Tax assessment.
 
In case where the household effects are electrical appliances e.g. radios, televisions, refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, air conditioners, etc., only ONE unit each of such items is eligible for tax and duty free allowance. However, if it is the family change of residence, TWO units each of the items will be allowed to bring in tax and duty free
 
 
 
*You Must be a private returning nationalist or Foreign residents intending to settle in Kenya for sometime.
 
 
 
*If you are importing Household items you must be a migrant who is coming to Kenya to take up permanent residence for the first time, a person returning to resume permanent residence, a temporary resident, a returning Kenya citizen or a Kenyan citizen who is residing overseas that has returned to Kenya temporarily.
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
==Fees==
 
==Fees==
Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.
+
<br>
 +
* No fees is charged for importation. Household goods and personal effects are tax exempt.<br><br>
  
 
==Validity==
 
==Validity==
Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
+
<br>
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever
+
* The validity period of 30 days from the time of entry into Kenya.<br><br>
  
 
==Documents to Use==
 
==Documents to Use==
Please attach documents that can be used by people. e.g. links
+
<br>
 +
* Application for importation documents are provided at the customs office at the port entry in Kenya<br><br>
  
 
==Sample Documents==
 
==Sample Documents==
 
  Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.
 
  Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.
 +
  
 
==Processing Time==
 
==Processing Time==
Please explain processing time taken in obtaining the document/certificate.
+
<br>
 +
* A maximum of three months<br><br>
  
 
==Related Videos==
 
==Related Videos==
 
  Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications.  
 
  Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications.  
  Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
+
  Attach videos using the following tag <&video type='website'>video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
  Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
+
  Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
 
  Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver,  
 
  Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver,  
 
  sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
 
  sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
 
  width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
 
  width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
  e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M".  
+
  e.g In the following url 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
 +
 
==Instructions==
 
==Instructions==
:*If you are a foreigner and intending to take up meaning full work or employment you must apply for a work permit within the first 30 days of Your stay in Kenya.
+
<br>
:*You must apply for a residence card/work permit in order to continue working and living in Kenya.
+
* Your household goods and personal effects should be imported within 3 months of arrival.<br><br>
:*You must be accompanying your household items in Person Personal effects
+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
==Required Information==
 
==Required Information==
:*Full name and contact details of the Applicant applying for a visa;
+
<br>
:*Sex
+
# Full name and contact details of the Applicant <br>
:*Date of Birth
+
# Sex<br>
:*Nationality
+
# Date of Birth<br>
:*Purpose of visit;
+
# Nationality<br>
:*Details and contact address of parents or guardian where the applicant shall be staying in Kenya.  
+
# Purpose of visit<br>
:*Passport - original, (if issued within last 2 years, the old passport is also required)
+
# Details and contact address of parents or guardian where the applicant shall be staying in Kenya.<br>
:*Residence Visa/Work Permit
+
# Passport - original, (if issued within last 2 years, the old passport is also required)<br>
:*Insurance Certificate
+
# Residence Visa/Work Permit<br>
:*PIN Certificate obtained through the Kenya Revenue Authority
+
# Insurance Certificate<br>
:*Bill of Lading/Air Waybill original
+
# PIN Certificate obtained through the Kenya Revenue Authority<br>
:*Comprehensive Valued Inventory 3 copies, detailed per box w/boxes numbered, signed by owner
+
# Bill of Lading/Air Waybill original<br>
:*Power of Attorney giving authority for Destination Agent to arrange customs clearance
+
# Comprehensive Valued Inventory 3 copies, detailed per box w/boxes numbered, signed by owner<br>
:*Bank Release
+
# Power of Attorney giving authority for Destination Agent to arrange customs clearance<br>
:*Form C-18 Declaration  signed by client
+
# Bank Release<br><br>
 
 
 
 
  
 
==Need for the Document==
 
==Need for the Document==
Personal effects and households items are the unaccompanied items transported into Kenya, by a returning resident or a new resident of Kenya, via sea or air freight.
+
<br>
Household goods, personal effects and students' educational materials can also be imported duty-free in Kenya.
+
* This allows returning residents and first time arrivals to import their household goods and personal effects into Kenya tax free.<br><br>
To import items under the Importation code for personal effects, you must be arriving from a place outside Kenya, and the items must be your personal property that you owned while overseas.
 
All Kenyan Returning nationals as private citizen with their used household goods and personal effects are inspected at the point of entry /customs Warehouse by the Kenya Revenue Authority to clear Goods and Services Tax (GST) duties on the items imported into the country.
 
Returning Citizens
 
:*Must have proof of living abroad for two years and have their effects imported within 3 months of arrival. Original Valid passport used for the last 2 years or any previous passport other than the current passport. (The entry and exit stamps are used by customs to check the compliance of the
 
regulation).
 
Returning national must not have visited Kenya for a sum of more than 90 days in the last 2 years prior to last date of arrival into Kenya.
 
 
 
;Note:
 
 
 
A small air shipment (150kg) of used personal effects can be imported duty free. Due to short free periods given at port and airport storage/demurrages are generally incurred.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
==Information which might help==
 
==Information which might help==
Enter other informations which might help.
+
<br>
 
+
* Imported goods by returning residents that are owned for less than 12 months are subject to duty and Good Service Tax assessment.<br>
 +
;Information for First Arrivals
 +
*Personnel arriving for a new contract into the country are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects/household goods and one motor vehicle. <br>
 +
:(a). This is provided that the contract is for a term not less than two years.<br>
 +
:(b). Used household goods and personal effects are duty exempt provided goods have been owned and used by the client for a minimum of one year and <br>
 +
:(c). The goods should be imported within three months of the Work Permit being issued.<br>
 +
:(d). These Items cannot be sold, lent or otherwise disposed-off during stay of a client who is under work permit.<br>
 +
:(e). One should not have been granted any of these exemptions before.<br>
 +
:(f). One must not have resided in Kenya before arrival other than on temporary non-resident visa.<br>
 +
:(g). You must not have been granted a similar exemption previously.<br><br>
 +
;Information for Returning Residents
 +
*Returning Kenyans are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects.<br>
 +
:(a). If you are intending to change residence to come back to Kenya, you must be over 18 years old. <br>
 +
:(b). Provide your original valid passport used for the last 2 years or any previous passport other than the current passport. (The entry and exit stamps are used by customs to check the compliance of the regulation).<br>
 +
:(c). You must provide proof of living abroad for two years and have their effects imported within 3 months of arrival.<br>
 +
:(d). The importer must be changing residence and not just been out of the country merely on temporary non-residential visit.<br><br>
  
==Other uses of the Document/Certificate==  
+
==Other uses of the Document/Certificate==
 
  Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
 
  Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
 
  e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.
 
  e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.
 +
  
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
Place some external links which might help.
+
<br>
 
+
*[https://www.kra.go.ke/en/individual/importing/learn-about-importation/importing-goods Importing Household Goods and Personal Effects into Kenya]<br><br>
  
 
==Others==
 
==Others==
More information which might help people.
+
<br>
 
+
* New computers, computer printers and parts only attract Import Declaration Fees of 2.25% of cost,(CIF).However, used computers attract excise duty at the rate of 25%,and Import Declaration Fees of 2025% of cost,(CIF)<br>
 
+
* Books do not attract import duty and VAT. However there is an Import Declaration Fees of 2.25% of cost (CIF)<br>
 
+
* Filming and photography equipment may be allowed into the country on a temporary basis upon clearance through the Customs Simba 2005 System.<br>
 +
* Such importation is not subject to Import Declaration Form (IDF). However, a security bond has to be furnished with the undertaking that the equipment will be exported within such period, not exceeding twelve months from the date of importation.<br>
 +
* A non-refundable deposit of 1% of the value of the goods or Ksh.30,000, whichever is higher, is payable. You must also fill and submit a "Custom service Port Form" in order to import unaccompanied household effects into the Kenya, although not permanently. No form is needed if you plan to travel along with your goods, however, a manifest listing the items contained in your vehicle is necessary to present to the officer at the Port of Entry.<br><br>
  
  

Latest revision as of 19:34, 13 June 2019

Procedure[edit]

  • There are two cases of importation of household goods and personal effect. These are, importation by First arrivals and importation by returning Kenya residents.

Apply in Person[edit]

  1. Visit the customs office at the port of entry in Kenya to make your application to import your household goods and personal effects. You may also use an agent for this purpose. Here you will be given an application form to fill and submit.
  2. At the time of importation, submit the completed application for tax and duty free allowance form to the customs office of importation at the port entry in Kenya.
  3. You should also submit all supporting documents together with the application form. A list of required documents are provided at the required documents section .These include;
    (a). Passport - original, (if issued within last 2 years, the old passport is also required)
    (b). Residence Visa/Work Permit – original
    (c). Alien ID
    (d). PIN Certificate (obtained through the Kenya Revenue Authority)
    (e). Bill of Lading/Air Waybill (original)
    (f). Comprehensive Valued Inventory (3 copies), detailed per box /boxes numbered, signed by owner
    (g). Comprehensive Packing List
    (h). Authority letter (Nominating a licensed customs clearing agent to act on their behalf)
    (i). Original logbook from country of importation in case of motor vehicle
    (j). List all household goods and personal effects.
  4. You should also provide proof of the transfer of domicile, Additional required information can be found in the instructions on the application form.
  5. After submission the Customs Office will verify the documents and the Application for Tax and Duty Free Allowance and charges taxes and duties on any household effects not eligible for tax and duty free allowance;
  6. The importer/agent will then pay taxes and duties (if any) at the Cashier Division, and then contact the Customs to release goods;
  7. Finally the Customs Office will inspects the imported household effects against the declaration. If there is no discrepancy between the declaration made and the goods inspected, all goods will be released.

Ads by Google

Required Documents[edit]


  1. Passport - original, (if issued within last 2 years, the old passport is also required)
  2. Residence Visa/Work Permit – original
  3. Alien ID
  4. PIN Certificate (obtained through the Kenya Revenue Authority)
  5. Bill of Lading/Air Waybill (original)
  6. Comprehensive Valued Inventory (3 copies), detailed per box /boxes numbered, signed by owner
  7. Comprehensive Packing List
  8. Authority letter (Nominating a licensed customs clearing agent to act on their behalf)
  9. Original logbook from country of importation in case of motor vehicle

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]


Kenya Revenue Authority- Head Office

Times Tower, 19th Floor, Haile Selassie Avenue
P.O. Box 30742 Tel. 310900, Fax 315987 Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: 2813068, 2813160, 2812011.
Fax: 253532,240929, Nairobi Kenya.
Email: callcentre@kra.go.ke Website: KRA

KRA Call Centre

Tel: +254 (020) 4999 999/ 4998 000
Cell: +254 (0711) 099 999
Email: callcentre@kra.go.ke

Kenya Airports Authority

Head Office, Off Airport North Road.
P.O Box 19001 (00501) Nairobi Kenya
Tell: +254-020-6822111/6611000/6612000
Mobile: +254 722 205 061/2/3/4/5/6/7/8
Email: talk2us@kaa.go.ke

Kenya Ports Authority

P.O. Box 95009-80104 Mombasa
+254-41-2112999
customerfeedback@kpa.co.ke
Website: KRA

Ads by Google

Eligibility[edit]


  • Both Kenyan and non-Kenya residents changing residence into Kenya are eligible to bring used/second-hand household effects into Kenya, in reasonable quantities, free of taxes and duties.
  • Returning Kenyans are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects. The returning residents should be above 18 years of age and must have resided outside Kenya for a period of two years.
  • Personnel arriving for a new contract into the country are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects/household goods and one motor vehicle, provided that the contract is for a term not less than two years.

Fees[edit]


  • No fees is charged for importation. Household goods and personal effects are tax exempt.

Validity[edit]


  • The validity period of 30 days from the time of entry into Kenya.

Documents to Use[edit]


  • Application for importation documents are provided at the customs office at the port entry in Kenya

Ads by Google

Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.


Processing Time[edit]


  • A maximum of three months

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type='website'>video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites. 	
Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.


Ads by Google

Instructions[edit]


  • Your household goods and personal effects should be imported within 3 months of arrival.

Required Information[edit]


  1. Full name and contact details of the Applicant
  2. Sex
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Nationality
  5. Purpose of visit
  6. Details and contact address of parents or guardian where the applicant shall be staying in Kenya.
  7. Passport - original, (if issued within last 2 years, the old passport is also required)
  8. Residence Visa/Work Permit
  9. Insurance Certificate
  10. PIN Certificate obtained through the Kenya Revenue Authority
  11. Bill of Lading/Air Waybill original
  12. Comprehensive Valued Inventory 3 copies, detailed per box w/boxes numbered, signed by owner
  13. Power of Attorney giving authority for Destination Agent to arrange customs clearance
  14. Bank Release

Ads by Google

Need for the Document[edit]


  • This allows returning residents and first time arrivals to import their household goods and personal effects into Kenya tax free.

Information which might help[edit]


  • Imported goods by returning residents that are owned for less than 12 months are subject to duty and Good Service Tax assessment.
Information for First Arrivals
  • Personnel arriving for a new contract into the country are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects/household goods and one motor vehicle.
(a). This is provided that the contract is for a term not less than two years.
(b). Used household goods and personal effects are duty exempt provided goods have been owned and used by the client for a minimum of one year and
(c). The goods should be imported within three months of the Work Permit being issued.
(d). These Items cannot be sold, lent or otherwise disposed-off during stay of a client who is under work permit.
(e). One should not have been granted any of these exemptions before.
(f). One must not have resided in Kenya before arrival other than on temporary non-resident visa.
(g). You must not have been granted a similar exemption previously.

Information for Returning Residents
  • Returning Kenyans are exempted from paying taxes on their personal effects.
(a). If you are intending to change residence to come back to Kenya, you must be over 18 years old.
(b). Provide your original valid passport used for the last 2 years or any previous passport other than the current passport. (The entry and exit stamps are used by customs to check the compliance of the regulation).
(c). You must provide proof of living abroad for two years and have their effects imported within 3 months of arrival.
(d). The importer must be changing residence and not just been out of the country merely on temporary non-residential visit.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.


External Links[edit]


Ads by Google

Others[edit]


  • New computers, computer printers and parts only attract Import Declaration Fees of 2.25% of cost,(CIF).However, used computers attract excise duty at the rate of 25%,and Import Declaration Fees of 2025% of cost,(CIF)
  • Books do not attract import duty and VAT. However there is an Import Declaration Fees of 2.25% of cost (CIF)
  • Filming and photography equipment may be allowed into the country on a temporary basis upon clearance through the Customs Simba 2005 System.
  • Such importation is not subject to Import Declaration Form (IDF). However, a security bond has to be furnished with the undertaking that the equipment will be exported within such period, not exceeding twelve months from the date of importation.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 1% of the value of the goods or Ksh.30,000, whichever is higher, is payable. You must also fill and submit a "Custom service Port Form" in order to import unaccompanied household effects into the Kenya, although not permanently. No form is needed if you plan to travel along with your goods, however, a manifest listing the items contained in your vehicle is necessary to present to the officer at the Port of Entry.