Do I need an export licence to exports cars and components to Africa?

Question posted by Jag Patel, on behalf of Little Buddha in SP8

I want to export vehicles (civilian) and motor parts to Africa, Mostly Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Do I require an export licence?

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It is good to know that you have an interested in the Kenyan market and also the wider East Africa region. In order to import anything in to Kenya, there are various Customs procdures that have to be met in order to have the goods cleared to enter the country. There is what is called (PVoC) which is Pre-verification of Conformity which is conducted on behalf of the government of Kenya by Intertek and SGS. Once the conformity standards are met, then one is issued PVoC certificate. This is in place to protect consumers in Kenya.

Thank you.


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Dear Jag Patel
export licenses for these areas are probably not required for the shipment of motor vehicles
(civilan) and parts to east africa.Some of these countries to operate pre shipment inspection
requirements and possible restrictions on vehicle ages.Perhaps your receivers can help on this matter.
We can help with the freighting of the vehicles and parts pse contact us directly on 01263 513127 or by email .
best regards
colin ; crown freight ltd

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting are given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

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David Eales, on behalf of Excel Shipping Limited in Hornchurch.

Dear Jag

Used 2nd hand motor vehicles do not normally require export licences and we can ship to Kenya without the need of having a licence however you should check with the receiver in case
they need it to clear goods in Kenya however if this is a proviate invidiual then again a licence is not genrally required.

If you need any further help or prices for shipping vehciles to kenya please contact me.

Kind regards
Dave Eales
Excel Shipping Limited
Tel 01708 515151
e mail

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Ryan Beck, on behalf of BF Projects Limited in BT3.

Hi Jag

I hope you are well, We can help you with the Freight Rates for the Cars / Components, We ship used Car Parts / Machinery regularly, please contact me on the below and i will do all i can to help.


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Tracy Ruff, on behalf of UKTI South West in Bristol.

Dear Jag
The Export Control Organisation is responsible for assessing and issuing export licences for specific categories of "controlled" goods. A wide range of items fall under Export Control Legislation. As well as obvious products such military products, firearms and ammunitions, many products which have a potential "dual-use" in nuclear, chemical or communications applications are also potentially subject to export controls.

It is unlikely that an export licence would be required for cars and components, but it is always best to check with the Export Control Organisation

A very good overview and introduction to Export Controls can be found on the Export Control Organisation's website:

You will need to check , for each of the countries that you are looking to export, what the local import regulations are - other contributers have mentioned pre shipment inspection, conformity to local standards and possible restrictions on the age of second hand vehicles.

Some countries levy quite high import duties and other taxes on imported vehicles. To find out what import duties exist, you can then look on the EU Database of third Country Import Duties. This will tell you what the rate of import duty is for products imported from the EU into a "Third Country" e.g. Kenya

If you need help in this please do not hesitate to contact me.


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