Importation Guide

A Genral Guide to Exporting a Car from UK


This is a general guide outline to Exporting a Car from UK.  It outlines the process and regulations around motor vehicle importation / exportation to East, Central and Southern Africa. For specific/precise rules and regulations for each of the countries please contact us because each country in the region has its own peculiar requirements. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The main regulations when considering importing / exporting a car to Kenya/Tanzania are:
 

  • Age Limit: In 2013 only vehicles manufactured in the year 2006 or later will be allowed to be imported
  • Left Hand Drive Vehicles: All left hand drive vehicles are not allowed for registration without special clearance.
  • Road Worthiness: All motor vehicles imported must be inspected prior to shipment by JEVIC or QISJ for road worthiness

The three main regulations when considering importing / exporting a car to Zambia are:
 

  • Age Limit: In 2012 No age restrictions apply
  • Left Hand Drive Vehicles: All left hand drive vehicles are not allowed for registration without special clearance.
  • Road Worthiness: All motor vehicles imported must be inspected prior to shipment by JEVIC for road worthiness.

Regulations when considering importing / exporting a car to other countries in East, Central and Southern Africa:
 

  • Please contact us for detailed requirements for the country of your choice

Transit Time and Shipping Methods
In general transit time depends on the service used, but on average it takes around 21 days from UK ports to destination ports in the region. The cheapest  shipping method by far is  the Roll on Roll off but we also ship cars using containers.

Duty Exemptions (Kenya and Zambia)
Returning Residents
A returning resident may import one exempt motor vehicle provided that:
 

  • The person has attained age of 18 years
  • The vehicle is registered in his/her name for a period of at least 365 days excluding the shipment period.
  • The vehicle should arrive within 90 days of the owners arrival
  • Must have stayed in the foreign country for more than two years
  • Within the two years that the owner has been away, they ought not to have made a visit and stayed in the country for a period exceeding in aggregate of 90 days.

Other parties who may qualify for exceptions:
 

  • Vehicles for diplomatic or consulate missions,
  • vehicles for the United Nations or its specialised agencies,
  • vehicles for foreign embassies,
  • vehicles for donor agencies,
  • specifically designed vehicles to be used by the disabled, rally drivers

 
Documents required to clear the vehicle:
 

  • Original passport to confirm the above
  • Vehicle Log book to confirm the above
  • Bill of Lading
  • Pre Inspection Certificate
  • KRA Pin Card (Kenya)