RETURNING RESIDENTS AND KENYAN IN DIASPORA GUIDE

Introduction

Packers and Movers Kenya limited wishes to share the following guidelines for Kenyans living abroad intending to return to the country. The moving company is one of the best Movers in Kenya in general and with a particular presence in Nairobi and Mombasa and a network of service providers in Kenya and across the region. If you are looking for Movers in Nairobi, Movers in Kenya, Packing Services, Office Moves, relocating out of the country, up country moves, relocating to Kenya, changing residence or even in need of storage for your valuables you need not to look further; just google best movers in Kenya or Movers in Nairobi, Movers in Mombasa or any other major town in Kenya you will be in safe hands with Packers and Movers Kenya Limited. 

Returning Residents

This guide will address the following; 

  1. What you are entitled to bring into Kenya duty free
  2. Conditions attached thereon

Packers and Movers Kenya Limited; one of the most reliable movers in Nairobi and Mombasa wishes to share with you the following guidelines as provided by acts governing taxation and customs in Kenya for those relocating to the country as returning residents;

You are entitled to duty free exemption on the following subject to conditions explained below;

  1. One motor vehicle (excluding buses and mini buses)
  2. Wearing apparel Personal and household effects

This is subject to the following conditions;

  • You must have resided outside Kenya for at least twelve (12) months. 
  • The Vehicle must be a Right Hand Drive (see other requirements for bona fide residents changing residence from countries that use Left Hand Drive (LHD) vehicles below)
  • You must have personally owned and used the motor vehicle outside Kenya for at least twelve months. 
  • The motor vehicle must not be older than 8 years.
  • The motor vehicle must be shipped within three years from the date of arrival in Kenya. 
  • The motor vehicle must comply with the Kenya Bureau of Standards requirements of Legal Notice No. 78 of 15th July 2005; Verification of Conformity to Kenya Standards Imports Order, 2005 and KS1515:2000 Kenya Standard Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles.
  • You must have attained the age of eighteen years. 
  • You must not have been granted a similar exemption previously. 
  • Wearing apparel Personal and household effects may be exempted when imported as a baggage by a returning resident which were his/her for personal or household use in the returning resident former place of residence.
  • Wearing apparel Personal and household effects should be used otherwise will be subject to taxes; customs duty and VAT prevailing rates at 25% and 16% respectively. 
  • All goods are subject to 1.5% railway development levy and a further processing fee of Kshs. 10,000 for Motor Vehicles.
  • Returning residents having duo citizenship must use Kenyan passport for the purposes of processing the exemption.

Returning Residents from Countries that use Left Hand Drive(LHD) Motor Vehicles 

Kenyan Residents returning from a country that operates Left Hand Drive (LHD) motor vehicles who previously owned and used a Left Hand Drive (LHD) motor vehicles may be allowed to import a replacement Right Hand Drive (RHD) motor vehicle from any other source in the world subject to the same conditions as those from countries using Right Hand Drive (RHD) motor vehicle EXCEPT that the current retail selling price (CRSP) of the RHD replacement vehicle shall not exceed that of previously owned LHD vehicle.

Packers and Movers will be please to share more information on returning residents requirements so in case of any clarifications feel free to Contact us; so being one of the most reliable movers in Nairobi; Packers and Movers will not hesitate to refer you to their network of professionals handling actual clearance of goods via customs.

Residents and Non Residents Gaining entry to Kenya with Foreign Motor Vehicles 

Packers and Movers Kenya Limited wishes to share notices provided by the ) the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in collaboration with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) that Pursuant to the East African Community Customs Management Regulation (EACCMR)2010, (Regulation 136 and 137) and the Traffic Act, Rule 7A (3) draws the attention of operators of foreign private motor vehicles in Kenya to the following requirements for application of Temporary importation of Road Vehicles and Foreign Permits authorization effective 15th December 2017. 

That prior to gaining entry approval, the foreign operator from the East African Community (EAC) or Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Countries must have a valid Temporary Importation of Road Vehicles Form (Form C32) which is issued at the Border Station. To obtain a Form C32, an individual MUST:

  • Be a foreigner with foreign identification
  • Have a valid work permit or proof of residency, if Kenyan
  • Have the foreign Motor Vehicle Registration Book in his/her name.
  • Have a valid Power of Attorney or authorization to operate the vehicle from the Motor Vehicle Owner, in case the operator is an agent of the owner.

Any diplomat intending to enter Kenya with his or her motor vehicle prove that they have on going diplomatic status and in addition, must proof that they work in a diplomatic capacity e.g. Valid Diplomatic identification.

Individuals without these documents from the EAC and COMESA countries will not be issued with a Form C32 or be allowed to locally operate a foreign registered motor vehicle and any such vehicle operated without the above will be impounded. 

Packers and Movers Kenya Limited wishes to notify all Non Kenyans that prior to gaining entry approval, a foreign operator from Countries outside the EAC or COMESA Countries must have a valid International Circulation Permit from Country of Origin (Carnet de Passage en Douane) or Pass Sheet issued from their Country of Origin. This Carnet de Passages en Douane must be valid for use in Kenya. In addition to this, he/she MUST provide:

  • Foreign identification
  • Proof of residency in the foreign country
  • Have the foreign Motor Vehicle Registration Book in his/her name.
  • Have a valid Power of Attorney or authorization to operate the

vehicle from the Motor Vehicle Owner, in case the operator is an

agent of the owner. 

Individuals without these documents will not be allowed entry in to or to locally operate a foreign registered motor vehicle and any such vehicle operated without the above will be impounded.

In addition to having a Form C32 or an International Circulation Permit from Country of Origin (Carnet de Passage en Douane), an operator of a Foreign motor vehicle must apply for a Foreign Motor Vehicle Permit. To make an application for a foreign permit, an individual will require:

  • A valid Form C32 or an endorsed valid International Circulation
  • Permit from Country of Origin (Carnet de Passage en Douane)
  • Certificate of COMESA Insurance (Yellow Sticker)
  • An online account on eCitizen which will be used to make the

application

Packers and Movers Kenya Limited wishes to inform you that the initial application for the Foreign Permit will be done upon entry into the country and will be issued based on the following categories: –

  • A paid up foreign permit, valid for a month, will be issued to vehicles on tour in Kenya with an International Circulation Permit from Country of Origin (Carnet de passage en douane). 
  • A free fourteen-day temporary permit will be issued at entry points to only vehicles with a Form C32 entering Kenya. No vehicle will be allowed out of a Customs Border Station without the owner being in possession of either a Form C32 or Carnet de Passage and a Foreign Permit. 

On expiry of fourteen days or granted period, the applicant, may seek an extension of their Form C32 and Foreign Permit from the Customs and Border Control Department. Extension of the Form C32 and Foreign Permits SHALL not be allowed unless the Customs Officer physically verifies the vehicle and is satisfied that a justified reason for the extension has been given. All operators of foreign vehicles whose vehicles do not meet the above requirements MUST re-export their vehicles with immediate effect and any contraventions will lead to enforcement actions including impounding of the said vehicles. 

Please note that the Packers and Movers Kenya Limited has shared this information as provided for in the Customs, Taxation and Enforcement acts of other government agencies which may include but not limited; the Kenya Revenue Authority, the National Transport and Safety Authority, Legislation governing Immigration and diplomatic relations in Kenya, Kenya Police, Kenya Bureau of Standards among others for guidance purposes only. In no event will Packers and Movers be liable for any loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from the use, or reliance of this information including changes that may be effected by the government agencies that Packers and Movers relied upon to produce such information. The said agencies have a sole discretion to alter, change, delete or substitute any information or requirements in this guide without making any reference to Packers and Movers Kenya Limited. Packers and Movers Kenya Limited is not obliged to update any changes made on this information by any parties.

Packers and Movers Kenya Limited will not be liable to misuse or loss of use, of data, errors, omissions, misstatements or misrepresentations concerning (express or implied) any such information or loss of profits arising out of or in connection with the use of this guide.

For any enquiry/clarification on moving to Kenya, Moving to Nairobi, Relocation out of Nairobi or Relocation out of Kenya, or domestic house move, office move or office relocation or even in need of storage facilities please Email: info@packersandmoversltd.co.ke or contact us on +254 722 644 270 or visit our website on www.packersandmovers.co.ke.