Kenya - Country Commercial Guide
Temporary Entry

Discusses requirements for products entering the country/economy temporarily. Includes information on warranty and non-warranty items shipped for repairs..

Last published date: 2021-09-13

Kenya allows duty-free entry into the country of goods destined for neighboring countries or for transshipment; however, bonds must be executed.  Such goods must be held in bonded warehouses designated by the Kenyan Customs Department (https://www.kra.go.ke/en/).  Release of the bonded goods into the Kenyan market is prohibited unless statutory customs payments are made.

Samples and exhibits/displays for trade fairs may be imported into the country duty free.  It is a Customs Department requirement, however, that such items are re-exported or are certified destroyed by a customs certification officer after use.  An importing firm that fails to meet these requirements will be charged import duties and value added taxes on the presumed value of the items.