The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has addressed recent speculations and concerns regarding the potential introduction of taxes on personal luggage valued at Ksh75,000 (USD500) or more.
In an official statement, the KRA emphasized that all used personal items are exempt from customs duty, regardless of their value.
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According to East African tax regulations, goods valued up to Ksh75,000 for each traveler are exempted from import tax, provided that the luggage is accompanied and declared to the Customs Officer.
The KRA further clarified the customs duty tax imposed on products imported into the country, emphasizing that the duty to be paid, if any, would be based on the actual purchase price as declared by the passenger or traveler.
Passengers are required to declare specified items in the Passenger Declaration Form (F88) before arriving in Kenya and present it to a customs official at the entry point.
Travelers also have the right to question the assessed customs duty and seek an explanation from the customs officer in charge.
In addition, the KRA highlighted the use of technology to enhance non-intrusive inspection of luggage at all points of entry, ensuring accurate declarations for taxation and screening out prohibited and restricted goods for public safety.
The KRA’s statement comes as a response to public concerns over charges imposed on individuals arriving in Kenya from abroad, particularly at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The clarification aims to provide transparency and alleviate uncertainties surrounding customs duties on personal luggage.