Export to Kenya

Kenya is East Africa’s main exporter / importer and largest economy. The country’s economic success is underwritten by a strong private sector that developed under market-friendly policies, hailed by the World Bank as the region’s most vibrant and dynamic.

With a concrete plan for future advancement (‘Vision 2030’) and a strong focus on technology development, Kenya offers promising prospects for Irish companies looking to trade with Africa.

Sources: GOV.UK, World Bank

For more detailed information when trading with Kenya, download our Kenya Fact Sheet.



Kenya Fact Sheet (962 KB)

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information about Kenya

DHL Facts

Locations: 33

Gateways into the Country: 1

DHL Delivery Zone: 10

Vehicle Fleet: 41

Kenya: Country Profile
Population: 44,037,656 Exports from
US$ 6.228 billion (2012 est.)
Area: 580,367 sq km Export Commodities: Tea, horticultural products, coffee, petroleum products, fish, cement.
Currency: 1 shilling (KES) = 100 cent Top Export Destinations: USA, UK, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa.
GDP: US$ 75 billion (2012 est.) IMPORTS INTO KENYA
Time Zones: UTC +3; no daylight savings time observed Imports into
US$ 15.1 billion (2012 est.)
Languages: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages Import Commodities: Machinery and transportation equipment, petroleum products, motor vehicles, iron and steel, resins and plastics.
Ethnic Groups: Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1% Top Import Origins: USA, UK, South Africa, Germany, China.
Transit Times
The times provided for
dutiable shipments
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in Kenya to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
Destination Non-Dutiable Shipment Dutiable Shipment
Nairobi 2 days 3 days
Kisumu 4 days 5 days
Nakuru 4 days 5 days
Eldoret 4 days 4 days
Nyeri 4 days 5 days
  • Further Information

    DHL can assist you with trading with Kenya. Contact the DHL Express team on 1890 725 725

    DHL Customer Services is also available on 1890 725 725

  • Duty Free Allowance

    US$ 10

Essential Customs Information

For an estimate of landed costs (duties, taxes and other import fees) for shipments going to Kenya use the free and interactive DHL Express Trade Automation Services (TAS) tool, TAS also provides information on regulations compliance and trade documentation.

Shipments with values exceeding US$ 1,000 and / or weighing over 70 kg require an Import Licence and formal clearance. The receiver must provide Customs with their Personal Identification Number (PIN) and Import Declaration Form (IDF).

Commercial invoices must be in English on official letter-headed paper, dated and signed, and need to include: the invoice number; full contact details for shipper and receiver; full descriptions of the contents / items being imported; and contents must be itemised, including individual and total values.

Prohibited items specific to Kenya:

The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.

  • Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • Firearms, or parts of
  • Furs
  • Invoices, blank
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals & stones

Restricted items specific to Kenya:

Advertising brochures / pamphlets, blueprints, booklets & brochures (non-advertisement), business cards, calendars, catalogues, diaries, issued or validated airline tickets, plans or drawings – architectural / industrial / engineering, technical manuals and transparencies
Maximum quantity: 10 pieces.

Drugs: Non-prescription
Obtain Clean Report of Findings (CRF) before shipping.

Drugs: Prescription
Must be accompanied by a prescription from a qualified medical doctor based in Kenya. If a shipment of prescription drugs exceeds 100 kg, contact DHL Customer Services before shipping.

Machine & electronic parts
Spare parts (motor vehicle, machine, medical parts, computer parts) require formal clearance regardless of value.

Magazines, periodicals, journals and newspapers
Maximum quantity: 6 pieces.

Personal effects
These may be imported using a pro-forma invoice showing an itemised list of contents with individual values. This invoice must be in English and has the same requirements as the commercial invoice but does not require letter-headed paper. New items declared under personal effects are subject to duties. The receiver’s passport is required for shipment clearance.

Maximum weight: 20 kg (44 lb). Not accepted as documents when shipped from the US; send as goods.

Shipments to diplomatic missions or the UN
Duty exemption letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kenya require

For foodstuffs and x-ray machines please contact DHL Customer Services before shipping.