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Would you like to import Japanese cars to Kenya? Are you looking for the car import process to Kenya?

Many people toy with the idea of importing their cars directly but quickly abandon the idea because they don’t know where to start.

Importing cars sounds mysterious, complicated, risky, and involves a lot of paperwork, especially when you try to do it alone. 

As such, most people turn to middlemen, who, by the way, also import cars from Japan to Kenya.

This option feels more convenient as you simply walk in, select a car, pay for it and drive off.

Unfortunately, intermediaries charge exorbitant prices for their vehicles due to showrooms expenses like lighting, security, and daily car maintenance. 

This means that the amount you’ll pay will be way more than the total cost of importing a car from Japan to Kenya.

Key Benefits of Importing Your cars with Bestcarsforsaleinkenya.co.ke

+ Up to 20% cheaper than buying from a yard.

+ Get a clear car with undoctored mileage.

+ Escape hassles of dealing with car brokers.

+ Get the absolute latest number plates.

+ Import any car you want, including the latest models

+ Genuine, low mileage car (as low as 5,000 kms).

+ Choose from a huge variety of cars for sale in Japan.

+ Easy to get a car that matches all your requirements.

+ Guarantee that the car is accident free

+ Pay in instalments clearing when the car arrives in Kenya.

+ We handle the importation process for you

+ We handle all KRA clearance for you.

+ Get a free, 3 month insurance cover.

Contact Us and Save Over 20%

– Importing Your Car is Over 20% Cheaper Compared
to Buying from a Yard

Demerits of Importing
– You have to wait for your new car to be shipped



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Further, what you see is what you get. Your choice and vehicle features are limited to what the yard is offering.

For the money you’re spending, you would probably get more features had you chosen to import.

So, today, we will demystify the importation process. It’s a relatively smooth process if you work with reputable car importers in Kenya like BestCarsforSaleinKenya.co.ke.

Note that not all car sellers in Kenya offer the importation service because most want to add their mark-up by selling cars from their showrooms. 

Step 1 - Agreeing on Vehicle Specifications & Budget

The first thing that we would want you to do is to furnish us with your vehicle specifications and budget.

The car specs should include but are not limited to; car make, model, mileage, color, engine capacity, drive type, among others.

At BestCarsforSaleinKenya.co.ke, we ensure that we adhere to the following three importation rules we agreeing with you on the vehicle to import.


  • The vehicle is not more than eight years old as required by the Kenya Bureau of Standards KS1515:2000.
  • The car must be a Right-hand drive. Left-hand drive cars are prohibited not unless under exceptional circumstances.
  • The vehicle must pass safety and mechanical inspection.

Subject to the above rules, we can import any model of your choice from Japan and other overseas markets.

Step 2 - Confirm the Car and Condition

Once we fully understand your car specifications and budget, we will look for a vehicle that matches your specific needs. 

When we find it, we will inform you and send pictures and then have its condition inspected by our team in Japan.

If you are satisfied with the car, we shall then share the breakdown of the total cost that comprises CIF, import duty, shipping fees, port charges, clearing fees, and agency fees.

Step 3 - Car Purchase & Signing of Sale Agreement

To enable us to purchase your car from the previous owner, we require you to deposit 30% of the car’s total value.

We allow different modes of payment, but we always advise our clients to pay directly to our bank accounts

Upon deposit, we will provide you with a legally binding agreement to sign. The document spells out payment terms as follows:

1.    First Deposit – 30% of the Car’s Total Value

As mentioned earlier, this payment is made as a commitment fee. It helps us differentiate between serious buyers and those who are not.

However, the deposit covers three components of total cost; the cost of your vehicle, Japan transportation cost and the KEBS inspection cost.

After making this payment, we go ahead and purchase the car for you from the previous owner. 

2      Second Deposit – 20% of the Car’s Total Value

Within 14 days of purchase, we furnish you with the shipping schedule detailing the Estimated Time of Departure (ETD), Estimated Time OF Arrival (ETA), and Voyage number/Ship name.

Upon receipt of the schedule, we expect you to make the second deposit that covers 20% of the total cost, to facilitate the shipping process.

We receive the shipping documents of your vehicle within 3-14 days.

3.       Third Deposit – 50% of the Car’s Total Value 

The third and last payment is made upon the arrival of the ship at the port. It comprises 50% of the total cost of the vehicle.

It covers; Duty Payable, Port Charges, MSS Levy, Radiation, Clearance fee, Car Carrier, and number plate registration.

You are at liberty to accompany us to Mombasa for the car clearance, or you can wait for the car to be delivered to your doorstep.

Step 4 - Inspection & Shipping Preparation

After we’ve purchased your car, it is subjected to a mandatory KEBS inspection.

Here, the vehicle is tested on; roadworthiness, safety and other requirements.

Upon inspection, we start the process of de-registering the car and getting it ready for shipment.

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Step 5 - Shipping & Arrival in Mombasa

Once the documentation is complete, we ship your car out. Shipping takes an average of 30 days.

There are two modes of shipment used; container and RORO services. The mode used depends on your willingness and ability to pay.

Containers are more expensive but guarantee you safety. You are guaranteed that the vehicle will arrive at the port in good condition.

On the other hand, RORO services are cheap but expose the vehicle to harsh weather conditions as the cars are transported on an open vessel that looks like a floating car park.

Once your car gets to the port of Mombasa, we commence the process of clearing and registering your vehicle.

Step 6 - Clearance, Registration, & Delivering

Upon reaching the port of Mombasa, we offload your car and take it to a container freight station, where it remains until it is fully cleared.

The clearance process is handled by KRA-approved agents who’ve been authorized and given access to the portal to clear motor vehicles.

The following documents are required to facilitate clearance:

  • Original commercial invoice
  • Original (canceled) logbook from the country of origin to facilitate the issuance of a new logbook
  • Pre-shipment inspection certificate
  • Original bill of lading
  • Copy of PIN certificate

Once we provide the above documents, the agent generates an entry sheet from the KRA portal that shows all tax payable.

These taxes include

  • .Import declaration fee
  • Import duty fee
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Railway Development Levy
  • Excise Duty

Car registration requires you to create an account with the NTSA. It is a simple process that takes a few minutes. Our team is always ready to guide you through the process.

Once the account is ready, our clearing agent will log in and apply for registration.

Upon successful registration, the car details and the new number plate will reflect on your NTSA account.

At this point, your physical number plate is ready for picking. The clearing agent collects it and fixes it on your car.

Once the car is ready, we deliver it to your doorstep or as agreed.

Importation Proces: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we receive from customers who want to import Japanese cars.

1. How Much Does it Cost to Import a Car From Japan to Kenya?

The cost of importing cars to Kenya is based on the vehicle’s month/year of registration, the Current Retail Selling Price (CRSP), and taxes due.

You can access the online KRA import duty calculator for a precise estimate on how much your preferred car will cost.

2. What Does Current Retail Selling Price Mean?

The Current Retail Selling Price (CRSP) is the predetermined vehicle price set by the Kenya Motor Industry Association and KRA.

It determines the value of an imported vehicle based on how much a brand new car of the same make/model is going for.

3.How Long Does it Take to Import a Car from Japan to Kenya?

The entire process from identification to the moment you walk away with your car may take 57 – 60 days.

The duration may be affected by several factors, including delayed shipping, clearance by KRA, or a shortage of physical number plates from NTSA.

4. Why are Japanese Import Cars So Cheap?

One of the critical reasons Japanese Import Cars are cheaper is that they are sold and bought in bulk.

Since the sellers handle huge volumes, they can afford to keep their margins low, giving their buyers great prices.

On the other hand, bulk buyers can negotiate better shipping and storage rates, keeping the total costs low.

5. Is It Hard to Import a Car From Japan?

It’s not hard to import a car from Japan. The process may take a longer time than buying one already in the country, but the overall cost will be cheaper.

We recommend working with a reliable car dealer to make the process even smoother.

6. Is Importing a Car From Japan Cheaper Than Buying From a Yard?

Yes, importing a car is cheaper than buying a car from a yard or showroom. This is because cars in yards and showrooms require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition.

These maintenance costs and the dealer’s overhead expenses (lighting, security, etc.) are factored in the final figure, making the cars more expensive.

7. Can You Finance an Imported Car?

Traditionally, hire purchase terms for cars in Kenya were only for vehicles already in the country.

That has since changed, with several banks now offering up to 80% financing for car imports.

They even include import duty, port charges, clearing agent fees, insurance, and other fees in their taxes in their quotes.

8. How Old Should a Car Be to Import to Kenya?

The Kenya Bureau of Standards requires that all car imports be less than eight years old from the year of the first registration.

KEBS-approved inspectors from the vehicle’s country of origin ensure that vehicles comply with this regulation before giving them the green light for shipping.

9. What Are the Best Japanese Car Brands?

Japan is responsible for some of the best and most reliable vehicles in the world. Their best car brands include Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu, Suzuki, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Daihatsu.

Japanese luxury brands take Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, Toyota Century, and Toyota Crown.

10. What's the Cheapest Car in Japan?

There are many budget-friendly Japanese Imports Cars for Sale. Some of the cheapest cars include Honda Fit, Honda Accord Type R, Toyota Yaris, and Nissan Versa.

We recommend visiting a reputable car importer for more information on cheap cars in Kenya.

Import Your Car with BestCarsforSaleinKenya.co.ke

That is the car importation process for Kenyan buyers. At a glance, the process feels lengthy, but it turns out cheaper for buyers who are willing to wait a while.

Working with a reputable car dealer makes the task even more manageable as they know exactly what to do at every stage.

Talk to our team at +254-728-308-043 if you would like to import Japanese cars to Kenya.

We’re on hand to answer any questions you may have and handle vehicle importation on your behalf.