If a shipment that requires official application and an IDF arrives in Kenya and the consignee has not obtained an IDF from KRA in advance, it can be done by UPS on behalf of the importer at a cost of KES 2,320 application fee + IDF(GOK) fee - KES 5,000 or 2.25% of CIF value, whichever is higher.
Should the import shipment be less than the weight restriction of 70 kgs and value restriction of US$1,000 and not spare parts, customs will allow clearance to be processed as a direct assessment without official application documents.
There is no duty waiver whatsoever, unless the shipment has prerequisite documentation from the relevant ministry granting exemption from duty. In their absence, taxes are paid in full.
All imports into Kenya that are covered under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) program should be subjected to inspection at source (e.g SGS, Bureau Veritas and Intertek testing) and issued with certificate of conformity. Imports in PVoC list which arrive at entry points without certificate of conformity (COC) shall be charged penalty at 15% of CIF value by Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS).
All those imports not covered under PVoC program will be subjected to destination Inspection of Conformity, which will be done by KEBS on arrival. The charges for the inspection will be as follows:
Shipments with a value below KES 5,000 will be free of charge
Shipments with a value above KES 5,000 up to KES 70,000 will be charged KES 500 destination inspection fee
Shipments over KES 70,000 up to KES 175,000 will be charged KES 800
Shipments over KES 175,000 will be charged a minimum of KES 1,200 or 0.25% of the total invoice value, whichever is the greater.
KEBS inspection charges and penalty mentioned above are only applicable if shipments are exported to Kenya without COC from the partners at origin country or territory.
Please be informed that fees will be charged to the importer in Kenya on their brokerage invoice if UPS clears shipment on their behalf.
It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.
It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.
Information needed is a detailed list of all the items being shipped as per the commercial invoice.
Restrictions may apply for freight collect shipments from the origin country or territory. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the origin country or territory prior to shipping.
There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Kenya. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.
There are no set rules & the limits on gifts are decided by Customs after verification of the goods. Customs will charge duty and V.A.T. on gift shipments with high value items, such as computer equipment and software, or video equipment and cassettes.
In addition to a detailed description of each item, write additional comments of "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to insure a proper assessment of duties and taxes.
Customs requires a detailed Air Waybill and an invoice with the following requirements:
Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.
The consignee's telephone number, mobile number and email address if available, should appear on the invoice.
The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments up to a maximum of 5 kgs, providing they can fit into a UPS envelope.If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.
Event tickets coming from a printing company and sent to the organizer of the event or ticket sales offices can not be sent as documents.
In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Kenya.
Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.
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