How to Ship a Car to Kenya
On the hunt for the most efficient and affordable way to ship your car to Kenya? Not sure where to start? We understand the process sounds daunting but here at Ship Overseas, you will get all the help you need. In business for more than 35 years, we have been serving clients like you every single day.
Here, we’ll go over all your options for shipping a car to Kenya, from methods of shipping your vehicle to how much it will all cost. Your first step should be to obtain a free estimate on our site. Then, if you have additional questions about the process after going through this guide, our friendly representatives will assist you further.
Click the free quote button here, then provide us with the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country in Kenya.It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car from USA to Kenya?
Many factors will change the price, like:
How big is your vehicle? Keep in mind, a compact car is cheaper to ship vs. a large SUV or pickup truck.
Where is the origination port in the USA? You’ll save money if you ship from the East Coast rather than the West Coast.
Will you be bringing your own car to the port or will we be picking it up? There are pros and cons to this. Driving your own car to the port will save you money. Having us come to your home to pick up the car is more expensive, but more convenient. Don’t forget to make your own travel arrangements for getting back home if you decide to bring your car to the port.
- Vehicle age restrictions are not the same when shipping a car to other African countries through Kenya. Mombasa is a very popular port to forward cars to surrounding African countries. Kenya normally allows vehicles that are 5 years or younger to be imported, but not older than 8 Years.. To be extra sure of the latest age vehicle restrictions, CALL the Kenya Revenue Authority or Embassy.
- A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
- If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
- If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
- For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.
- Visit the CIT website, to see if Kenya requires you to file for a FERI, ECTN, BSC or an ASHI, before it enters the country.
Vehicle Import Duty For Kenya
If you are in USA, contact the Kenya Embassy by phone.
Embassy of Kenya
2249 R St NW
Washington, DC 20008
If you are in Kenya, contact the Kenya Revenue Authority here:
Kenya Revenue Authority
Tel: +254 (020) 4999 999
Cell: +254 (0711) 099 999
Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Kenya
Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to Kenya’s main port: Mombasa. We offer two main methods to choose from when it comes to getting your car to the port for shipping:
RoRo Shipping – This stands for Roll On, Roll Off, which means your vehicle enters the ship on a ramp similar to a parking garage, of its own power.
Container Shipping – Your car is secured inside a container, either alone or with other cars, and strapped down for shipping.
This guide goes into more detail on these methods later. Don’t worry, we’ll break it down clearly for you.
Ship Your Car to Mombasa
Mombasa, a coastal city in Kenya, sits along the Indian Ocean. It’s the country’s oldest city and second largest after Nairobi, the capital.The port of Mombasa is the Principal Kenyan seaport and is made up of Kilindini Harbour and Port Reitz on the Eastern side and Old Port and Port Tudor to the north. Kilindini, naturally deep and well sheltered, serves as the main harbor where most shipping activities take place. The Port of Mombasa serves Kenya but also acts as the main gateway to the Eastern African countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Southern Sudan.
Two Types of Shipping Methods
Now, how will you transport your vehicle to Kenya? Well, you have two options. Check them out:
RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)
RoRo shipping, our most popular and cost effective option, offers secure tie-down with no exposure to the ocean for excellent protection against external elements. This method is designed for wheeled vehicles in good working order, such as motorcycles and cars. You can also ship motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats this way.NOTE: your vehicle must be able to make it up and down the ramp on its own power without any assistance.
Once it has been loaded onto the ship, the vehicle is tied down in its own designated spot, ready for the journey.You would pick this method when:
• Shipping a single vehicle to Kenya
• You want a predictable departure date
• Your car is in good working order
Many new car manufacturers choose this method when looking to ship their own vehicles, so you know it’s reputable.
The next way to ship a car from the USA to Kenya is via container, which has two further categories: shared and exclusive container shipping. Here is the 411 on each.
Shared Container Shipping
Just like it sounds, shared container shipping is when your car shares a container with other people’s cars. This is a good method to choose if your car is in need of repair and doesn’t work. For example, we have many clients who buy broken down classic cars in the USA and ship them to Kenya this way.
Each containerholds four vehicles. If you have additional items to ship along with the vehicle, you can place them in the trunk or the backseat. You can’t do this with RoRo.
Now the cons. Each container has to be filled to capacity with vehicles before it can be loaded onto the container ship and set sail. What does this mean?You won’t get assurances of a fixed departure date like you would with the RoRo method, which makes it tougher to plan the journey. It’s entirely possible that you may have to wait an extra week until the container is filled with the rest of the cars.Shipping two or more vehicles? This is the ideal way.
Exclusive Container Shipping
For shipment of high-end or exotic vehicles (think Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc.), this is the option you will want to choose. You’ll get personalized attention, extra space and extra protection, but you will pay more for the privilege. You may ship personal belongings along with your car. And, like shared container shipping, you can ship vehicles that are not currently in operation.
Trusted Military Partner
Learn why so many military members choose to ship their cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to Kenya with us. For starters, we proudly serve the Active Military community as atrusted provider of international car shipping services with more than three decades of experience as a freight forwarder.
Plus, we import cars internationally into the USA from Kenya, so if you are active in the military and want to ship your car to Kenya, we are here to make it happen. We will tell you all about the factors you need to know, like modifications, weight, time limits and licensing.Give us a call today.