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No importation of 2013 manufactured cars after December

Imported cars at a yard image courtesy businessdailyafrica


  • Kenya Bureau of standards (KeBs) is the body mandated to provide standardization and conformity assessment in Kenya.
  • Only vehicles not older than 8 years are approved for importation in Kenya
  • Vehicle importers had requested Kebs to give them a three-month window to facilitate the importation of cars stuck overseas due to the Corona Virus pandemic

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has turned down a request by second-hand car importers to extend the duration of implementation of the 8-year car importation rule to early next year to enable the importers to import their cars held outside the country due to the corona pandemic. In a notice to importers of used/second-hand cars, returning residents, the diplomatic community as well as the general public, the standardization authority in its notice stated that “…In observance of clause 2.5 KS 1515: 2000 on the 8-year limit requirement, only right-hand drive (RHD) motor vehicles whose year of First registration is 1st January 2014 and later shall be allowed into the country beginning 1st January 2021”.

Kebs Notice to motor vehicle importers. image courtesy Kebs

the notice further adds that “vehicles exported to Kenya shall be expected to comply with KS1515:2000 – Kenya Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles while vehicles from countries where KEBS has an inspection agency (i.e. Japan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Thailand, Singapore and South Africa) shall be accompanied with a Certificate of Roadworthiness (CoR) issued by the agencies appointed by KEBS.”