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How to Import Japanese Used Cars to Kenya

Japanese used cars are famous all over the world. These cars are popular due to their reliability and durability. It can be seen on the roads of many countries.

Africa is a major importer of Japanese used cars. Like many other African countries, Kenya also imports Japanese used cars. Kenya is an East African country with the coastline of Indian Ocean.  Many peoples of Kenya like Japanese used cars and these cars can be seen on their roads.

Import of Japanese used cars to Kenya is easier. Here is how to import Japanese used cars to Kenya:

Find a Reliable Supplier:

Many Japanese used cars supplier in Japan export used cars in different countries of the world. You can find many of them online. First, you need to make it sure that the supplier you choose is reliable. You can access their website and get all the information about them. You can find much information about the import procedure and other details.  Join the forums and communities and ask peoples. Ask for their opinions about the company. Get in touch with the exporter on social media. It is better to make a phone call. The best way is to get in touch with their past customers and ask for their opinion.

Choose the Car:

Next step is choosing the right car. If you have selected a car, for now, you can search for its competitive prices and other details online. And if not, you can search the stock of Japanese used cars on supplier’s website. You can then search for a specific car that is in your budget and according to your needs. Compare the car prices so you can reach a good decision.  

Order and Payment:

It is time to order the car after you have made your choice. Order the car and your supplier will send you an invoice. Pay the amount in your local bank to get it transferred to their bank account. Send the receipt to the supplier so the shipping process can be started.


Shipping process can be started after the payment is made. It depends mostly on the terms and conditions between you and the supplier.

Port Clearance:

You need port clearance after your car arrives on the port. Contact with a port clearance company to get it cleared. You should provide compulsory documents and fees to the agent. After clearance, you can receive your car.

Import Rules and Regulations -

Here are some guidelines that you need to follow when importing Japanese used cars to Kenya.

 Shipping Port:

Major ports that are used for the import of used cars are Mombasa and Dar-Es-Salaam.

Documents Required for Customs Clearance:

  • Original passport
  • Original bill of lending
  • Original commercial invoice
  • Pre-Inspection Certificate
  • KRA Pin Card
  • Authentic vehicle logbook

Right Hand:

Only right-hand vehicles are allowed to be imported in Japan. However, special vehicles such as ambulances, fire engine, and large construction vehicles can be imported with the left hand.

Age Limitation:

Vehicles older than 8 years are not allowed for the import in Japan.

Road Worthiness Inspection:

All the vehicles need to pass roadworthiness inspection before import. Vehicles importer need to submit roadworthiness certificate for the clearance of the vehicle.


  • Import duty is 25% of CF value
  • Excise Duty 20% of (CIF + Import duty value)
  • VAT is 16% of VAT value

Japanese used cars import to Kenya is easier. Kenya has rules and regulations regarding the import of used vehicles.  You should follow these rules when importing used cars to Kenya.   


It is easy to import Japanese used cars to Kenya. Find a reliable supplier, order and get the car to your desired place.  

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