Shipping and Removals in Kenya

Shipping to Kenya by plane or by boat can be a long and expensive process. Expats must decide whether they’d like to ship their household items to Kenya and what form this shipment should take.

It may be cheaper and more efficient to check smaller items as excess luggage. Prices differ from airline to airline, but baggage isn't subject to taxes.

Customs and import duties in Kenya

All items imported into Kenya, whether by airline freight or shipping, must be cleared through customs on arrival and the appropriate import taxes must be paid. Household goods and personal effects are duty-free for new expats if they've been owned for at least a year before being imported.

Shipping and duty costs sometimes make it cheaper to buy certain items after arriving in Kenya. Most furniture, household goods and electronics are inexpensive and readily available.

Shipping pets to Kenya

Kenya does not quarantine dogs and cats moving with their owners, provided that all stipulated conditions are met with regards to required documentation, vaccination and microchipping. Pets must also have the relevant pet passport and be accompanied by a health certificate from an authorised vet. For more details, expats are advised to contact a company that specialises in pet relocations.

Marianne Our Expat Expert

I'm an Australian now living in Kenya. I spend my time travelling the country, volunteering, and helping those less fortunate. In my spare time I love to learn more about Kenya, watch my girly movies, hang out with my man, go shopping, journaling, scrapbooking, reading, volunteering and meeting new people. My boyfriend and I are co-owners of a company in Kenya. We place international volunteers in areas of need around Kenya. It is the most rewarding work I could ever wish to do. I love everything about Kenya!

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