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Old 27 May 2006
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Cost of importing ZA bike to Kenya?

I am thinking of buying a second hand in South Africa and bringing it into Kenya. Not sure what I should expect for import duty here in Kenya or what the taxation valuation will be based on. Does anyone have any idea/advice on the best/cheapest way to do this?

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Ask a car dealer who imports vehicles from ZA...

My wild guess would be, for comesa trade: 10% import duty, plus VAT, plus plus ...

Valuation, if the vehicle is not on their lists - which is probably the case if you didn't find one like it within Kenya- they'll estimate. That's thus negotiable.
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Thanks for the advice-sounds like it could be a reasonable venture.
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George:

The import duty on cars into Kenya is 60%. I don't know what it would be for a moto.
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paneuropean,
Kenya ought to be less tough on vehicles from SA, due to comesa agreements.
If not, 60% total taxes on estimated value is correct for EA.
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Do you really need to permanently import it?
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Maybe not, but I am living half time in Kenya and thought it may be less hastle then keeping it on a Carnet. Are temporary imports possible in Kenya? Advise would be greatly appreciated.
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You can't, legally, import a vehicle over 10 years old into Kenya - that's why, although temp. resident, my '94 4Runner is still on a carnet. Now I don't know if this applies to motorbikes as well, but your best bet is to contact the Kenya AA:

Monica Wahome - Carnet Department AA - Nairobi - 020 825060/6

I do know of people who have circumvented the carnet requirement by re-registering their vehicle with a more recent date of manufacture but that route is fraught with perils and I don't know if it's even necessary with a bike.

Best person to contact is:

Gilbert Odhiambo - Snr Revenue Officer - Nairobi - 020 310900 x2025

He is EXCELLENT! Genuine and incorrupt - a true gent.
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Thanks for the advice and contacts. Apparently Kenya is no longer allowing foreign registered vehicles to get local carnet. They want you to have a carnet at the point of origin.
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I renewed my carnet (for a Zim registered vehicle) in March this year but my wife is working here and the vehicle is in her name.
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