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Posted by Christophe Wolff
on 31 May 2018

My friend needs a laptop to continue her studies at University in Nairobi. Because she has been a steady "pen-pal", I wanted to send her a laptop from here in the USA to Nairobi. As it is a gift and not commerce, will she be charged import fees? 

Daniela de Castro on 15 Jun 2018

Hi Christophe

Whether or not you will have to pay import duties will largely depend on the value of the laptop. Just to be safe, I would budget for the import fees. I would also advise asking the shipping company you plan to use, as they are likely to have the most up to date information on import duties.

Alternatively, have a look at our guides to shipping and taxes in Kenya for some more background information.

-Daniela

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