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Duty Free Importation into Kenya for Returning Residents

Below are requirements for people living in the Diaspora and looking forward to return and permanently settle in Kenya.

IMPORT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE SCHEDULE MATRIX

 

Process

See freight containerized

Time duration

Air freight

Time duration

Sea freight- consolidated cargo

Sea freight- RORO motor vehicles

 comments

MARKETING DEPARTMENT

A

Client enquire for clearance services- avail copies of import docs as will be necessary to quote.

1-4hrs

1-4hrs

1-4hrs

1-4hrs

B

Response with details and clearance quote

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

 

A

If quote approved, request for import documents and payments.

1 day

1 day

1 day

1 day

B

Request for payments and tax banker’s cheques to kra and original import documents and delivery by courier to our offices.

C

D

Receipt of original documents

KRA-IDF

A

Import licence application (idf)

1-2 days

1-2 days

1-2 days

1-2 days

B

Import licence (idf) passed

SHIP AGENT

A

Vessel manifest application by shipping lines

2-5 days

1 day

1 day

1-2 day

Prerogative of the ship agent. Where manifest amendment is necessary, signed affidavits by consignee and manifest correctors from the port of loading must be availed

B

Vessel manifest approval by kra

C

C11 manifest amendment

2-7 days

2-7 days

2-7 days

2-7 days

PORT

A

Vessel arrival

1-5 days

1-8hrs

1-5 days

1-5 days

B

Vessel berthing and discharge completion

CFS/PORT

A

Consignment delivery to customs yard for assessment and verification

1-5 days

1 hr

1-5 days

1-3 days

B

 

Container stripping(consolidation)

N/a

N/a

1 day

N/a

Applicable to consolidated consignments only

SHIPPING AGENT

A

Shipment delivery order application by customs agent

1-2 days

1 hr

1- days

1- days

B

Shipment delivery order/ documents issuance by shipping line agent

AGENT LIASE WITH KRA

A

Customs entry registration- agent

1-2 hours

1 hour

 

1-4 hours

 

1-4 hours

B

Customs entry allocation to an officer at dpc

C

Remittance of taxes to kra-customs

D

Lodgment

1 day

1-8 hrs

1 day

1 day

E

Kra-documentation processing center approval/rejection

Approved or further action recommended eg entry cancellation and relodge, tax uplift,

Consignment rejection etc

AGENT LIASE WITH AGO

A

Kephis/vetinary/radiation board inspection

1-days

1 hr

1- days

1- days

Not all cargo is subjected to these.

Approved/ rejected

Or further action recommended

B

Kebs verification &release

Approved if coc is availed or further action recommended

C

Customs physical verification & tax assessment

1 day

1-5 hrs

1-5 hrs

1-5 hrs

D

Mss levy payment authorization

 

1-2 days

N/a

 

1-2 days

 

1-2 days

E

Examination a/c and reports

1 hr

Verification report entered and recommendation made by vo for cargo release or  further action eg tax uplift and penalty, cargo impoundment,

Escalation to a higher office etc

F

Customs online release order

NTSA- THIS PROCESS IS APPLICABLE TO MOTOR VEHICLES ONLY

A

Roadworthy inspection

1-5 days

1-5 days

1-5 days

1-5 days

Applicable and mandatory to commercial vehicles.

B

Registration

1-3 days

1-5days

1-5days

1-5days

Applicable to motor vehicles only

AGENT LIASE WITH CFS/ PORT

A

Port/cfs charges payment

4 hours

4 hours

4 hours

4 hours

B

Gate pass processing

C

Cargo loading

D

Physical release from customs bond area

AGENT LIASE WITH FORWARDER/ TRANSPORTER

A

Delivery to client

1-2 days

1 day

1-2 days

1-2 days

Time estimate may vary with distance

B

Cargo offloaded at clients door steps

1-4hours

1-2 hours

1-2 hours

N/a

 

C

Confirmation of cargo and and signing of delivery notes

1-2 hours

1-2 hours

1-2 hours

30 min

 

POST DELIVERY PROCESSES

A

Delivery of empty container to the designated container deport

1-2 days

N/a

N/a

N/a

Time estimate may vary with distance.

B

Final invoice, receipts and refunds/ extra charges processed. Remitted to client

1 day

1 day

1 day

1 day

 

C

Application and processing of container deposit refund from the shipping line

7-14 days

N/a

N/a

N/a

 

Estimated total clearance time from the time cargo is availed at the cfs(customs yard)=2-5 days