After much anticipation, your car has finally arrived at the port of Mombasa. You may have some questions about what happens next, which we have tried to answer here:
Do I require a clearing agent to help me clear my car at the port of Mombasa?
Yes, you do. It is not possible to clear a car at the port of Mombasa as an individual. This is because clearing agents are empowered by the KRA (Kenya Revenue Authority) to conduct this process. They undergo specific training which allows them to access the online Simba Tradex System which requires specific credentials. You will find a list of qualified clearing agents from the KRA website.
How long does it take to clear a car at the port of Mombasa?
It takes around 10 working days for the car to undergo the whole clearing process, barring any unforeseen delays. On occasion, there have been delays with the KRA and NTSA online systems and other delays occasioned by shortage of physical number plates.
What happens when my car arrives at the port of Mombasa?
When your car is offloaded from the vessel, it is driven to a pre-determined CFS (container freight station). This is where it will be stored in the duration that it is in the port. A few days before the car arrives at the port or when it arrives, the clearing agent logs into the KRA system and submits an Import Declaration Form (IDF). This is a document declaring that a certain car has been imported into the country. They are then able to generate an entry sheet which shows the amount of taxes to be paid to KRA.
How do I pay the import duty for my car?
The entry sheet allows you to pay KRA taxes. As an individual, you can pay the taxes directly at any bank by presenting the entry sheet and the money. Please ensure that you are issued with an original receipt which will be needed as proof of payment.
Alternatively, your import agent/ clearing agent can pay the taxes on your behalf, as per your agreement.
How do I get a number plate for my imported car?
You are required to create an account with NTSA. The clearing agent will then access this account and apply for registration. When the registration is successful, your car details, including the new number plate will now reflect on your account. The NTSA will issue you with the latest number plate available. The agent will then collect the physical plates on your behalf and fix them on the car.
How much does it cost to clear my car at the port of Mombasa?
The amount of money you pay to clear your car from the port of Mombasa will vary with the size of the car and other factors. There are fixed and non-fixed charges such as port charges, shipping fee, clearing fee, processing fee, registration fee, radiation fee, marine Levy and import duty. You could also incur extra transport costs depending on how you plan to move your car from Mombasa to your location.