Duty Free Car Imports - Diplomats and Expats

Duty Free Car Imports - Diplomats and Expats

You have just been posted to Kenya on your work assignment, congratulations and Karibu Kenya!

You are probably already dreaming of safaris (yay Masai Mara!) and driving on the vast open roads as you explore the beautiful countryside.

Not forgetting getting to and from work, obviously!
As such, a vehicle is already at the top of your to-do list.

If you are looking to import a quality, low mileage pre-owned vehicle from Japan duty-free, here is a flow of how you would go about it:

  1. Think of the car you want- There are a few things to consider here. Are you looking for a vehicle to use in the city such as a sedan, or you want a car that can hold its own during safaris, camping trips and other outdoor adventures such as a 4*4?
  2. Obviously, you will have friends and family visiting during your stay- do you want a 5 or 7 seater?
  3. Select a reputable Import Agent such as Autoassista
  4. Agree on Car Specs and other related matters, i.e. make, colour, mileage, budget, payment schedule, timelines etc.
  5. Give import go-ahead

As your car is en route to Mombasa duty exemption documents should be prepared. Depending on your organisation’s status, it could be the Pro 1B or DA1.
These documents will be prepared by the protocol officer in your organisation.

To prepare duty exemption papers, 3 things are needed:
  • Commercial invoice of the vehicle
  • Bill of Lading
  • Inspection Certificate

The Pro 1B or DA1 documents are prepared in duplicate. Your protocol officer will be issued with one, and the second one circulates internally in the relevant government offices. The second duplicate will be compared to the one your clearing agent submits at the port.

For customs clearing at the port of Mombasa the following documents are needed:

  • Original diplomatic passport
  • If working for the UN or UN-affiliated organisations the Laissez-Passer
  • Original job ID
  • Original Pro 1B or DA1
  • Original car documents (Bill of Lading, commercial invoice, QISJ certificate) which your import agent will have

From here, your agent will go ahead and clear the vehicle with customs in the usual way. Once cleared the car then be delivered to you.
Registration plates will be provided to you by your protocol officer. Here are eight things you should do after receiving your car.

NOTE: Your original passport is required to clear the vehicle at customs. On average, and barring any unforeseen delays- this could take up to 10 working days. It is best not to plan any overseas trips within this time frame.

At Autoassista, we have helped many diplomats & expatriates to quickly and seamlessly import vehicles upon their arrival in Kenya. We could do the same for you!

Duty-free vehicle imports for Diplomats / Expatriates

We have imported duty-free vehicles for staff in various organisations/ embassies such as:

  • United Nations (UN)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
  • Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Business Sweden
  • Embassy of The Czech Republic in Nairobi, Kenya
  • South African Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Irish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Let us know what type of car you're interested in...