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Shipping a Car From USA to Kenya
Ready to ship a car to Kenya, Africa? Ship Overseas can be your guide throughout the whole process. We know how confusing and overwhelming it can be when you first attempt to ship a car to Kenya. But rest assured we have nearly four decades of experience in this field, giving you the skill you need to get the job done right. A smooth, seamless experience for shipping a car to Kenya awaits!
It all starts with a free quote. We just need the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country, in this case, Kenya. Ship Overseas offers weekly sailings from six ports in the USA to one port in Kenya. Keep reading for important information.
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!
The costs to ship a car from the U.S. to Kenya are as follows:
Many factors will change the price, like:
- Starting at $2685 from West Coast USA
- Starting at $2070 Galveston, TX
- Starting at $1995 Brunswick, GA
- Starting at $2010 Baltimore, MD
Keep in mind, these are estimated costs only. Many factors will impact the final price you will pay, such as:
- The area of the USA from which your car is being shipped. It costs less in general to ship from the East Coast than the West Coast. So it will cost more if you are departing out of San Diego than Maryland, for instance.
- The method you choose to get your car to the U.S. port. Some people choose to take their own car to the port. This option costs less. But others live too far from the nearest port and choose to have our truck drivers transport their car from their home to the port. This option costs more.
- The size of your vehicle. In general, it costs more to ship a larger car than a smaller one. So you will pay less to ship a compact car, for instance, than an SUV.
Departure and Arrival Ports
The departure ports from the USA to Kenya include:
- Baltimore, MD
- Brunswick, GA
- Galveston, TX
- Port Hueneme, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Tacoma, WA
There is only one arrival port in Kenya and that is the Port of Mombasa. Kilindini Harbour is the main portion of the Port of Mombasa, which is the only international seaport in Kenya and the biggest in East Africa.
Customs Broker Information
Please refer to this page to see our two recommended Customs brokers for Kenya.
Vehicle Import Tax
To find out the latest vehicle import tax amount for Kenya, please ask your Customs broker.
Destination Handling Charge
The destination handling charge for shipping a car to Kenya is $200.
- 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
Vehicle Age Limit
No vehicles older than eight years are allowed to be shipped.
How Long Does it Take?
It takes about 60 days for your car to sail from the East Coast or West Coast to Kenya.
Shipping Cars for Military
At this time, we do not ship cars for the military to Kenya.
Documents Required to Ship a Car to Kenya
The two documents required to ship a car to Kenya include:
- Original Title
Kenya accepts salvage titles.
Do You Need Marine Insurance?
This is recommended but not required. We offer insurance in the amount of 1.75% of the value of the vehicle for FULL coverage, theft, vandalism, damage and total loss with a $500 deductible. Coverage starts at the time your car has been loaded onto the ship until the time it is signed for when it’s collected. Total Loss: 1.25% charge for the value of the vehicle.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to cover 100% of the vehicle’s value. If you find Marine Insurance to be too expensive, you can cover the car for 50% or 75% of the value. If you do not purchase any insurance, you would have to pay out of pocket for any damages.
As you prepare to ship a car to Kenya, we encourage you to get in touch with us if you have additional questions. Call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.
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.
Shipping Method for Shipping a Car to Kenya
Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from all six U.S. seaports listed above to the Mombasa port. We do not offer container shipping from the U.S. to Kenya, only RoRo shipping.
RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)
RoRo shipping is a good option if your car is still in working order, and you plan to ship a single vehicle to Kenya. This is a cost-effective and efficient method with reliable departure and arrival dates. All vehicles are tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean, providing protection for your vehicle from the elements.
Roll On/Roll Off is our most popular option, as well as the most convenient and affordable. It can only be used for wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, motorhomes, campers, trailers buses, construction vehicles and boats, but they must be able to be driven onto the ship of their own power. Once loaded onto the vessel, each vehicle is tied down securely.
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.