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 A Comprehensive Guide to Duty-Free Vehicle Import for Persons with Disabilities in Kenya

Importing a vehicle duty-free as a person with a disability in Kenya is a process designed to facilitate mobility and inclusivity. This guide provides detailed steps and requirements to help you navigate the approval process for duty-free vehicle importation under the 5th Schedule Part A Item 8 of the East African Community Customs Management Act (EAC CMA) and the 1st Schedule Part 1, Section A Item 39 of the VAT Act 2013.

Checklist for Approval of Exemptions

To successfully import a vehicle duty-free, you will need to gather the following documents and follow these steps:

1. Application Letter

– Write an application letter addressed to the Commissioner of Customs & Border Control requesting an exemption.

2. Medical Certificate
– Obtain an original medical certificate from a registered doctor.
– Attach a certified copy (certified by a Commissioner of Oaths) to your application.
– Present the original certificate during your physical interview.

3. Letter of Recommendation
– Secure an original letter of recommendation from:
– The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, or
– The National Council of Persons with Disabilities.

4. Driving License
– Provide a copy of your driving license with a class ‘H’ endorsement (currently class F).
– If you have visual, mental, or hearing impairment, you may nominate a driver:
– Attach a driver nomination letter.
– Include the nominated driver’s valid driving license and a copy of their ID.
– Ensure the driver swears an affidavit to confirm their nomination.

5. Bill of Lading 
– Submit the bill of lading for the vehicle, addressed to you as the applicant. We provide this on shipment,

6. Invoice
– Include the invoice or proforma invoice for the vehicle, addressed to you.

7. Tax Certificates
– Provide a Tax Compliance Certificate.
– Include an Income Tax Exemption Certificate.

8. Proof of Payment
– Attach cash remittance/transfer slips used to pay for the vehicle as proof that the payment was made by you.

9. Bank Statement
– Submit your bank statement for the last six months, showing the transaction for the vehicle payment.

10. National ID
– Provide a copy of your national ID card.

11. NCPWD ID Card
– Include a copy of your NCPWD (National Council for Persons with Disabilities) ID card.

12. Test Drive
– Conduct a test drive in the presence of a customs officer at the point of entry, such as Mombasa or JKIA.

13. Replacement Policy
– You are allowed to replace the motor vehicle after four years. Ensure you provide proof of disposal of the originally imported motor vehicle in accordance with Section 119 of The East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.

Approval Authority
The Chief Manager RE will handle the final approval process for your duty-free vehicle importation.

Tips for a Smooth Process

  • Contact us prior to starting the import process, our expert car imports team will guide you on how to seek aoorival for a seamless import process
  • Ensure all documents are correctly addressed and certified where necessary.
  • Keep copies of all submitted documents for your records.
  • Maintain clear communication with customs officers and comply with all requests promptly.
  • This guide aims to facilitate the duty-free import process for persons living with disabilities in Kenya, ensuring compliance with relevant legal provisions and a smooth approval process.


By following these steps and ensuring all documentation is in order, you can successfully import a vehicle duty-free, enhancing your mobility and independence. For further assistance or queries, feel free to contact us at 0713147136 or sales@carskenya.co.ke

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