Phone importation into Kenya goes up as govt imposes 10% levy

Importing mobile phones into Kenya will cost importers extra shillings effective July 1, 2022.

This is after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed Finance Bill, 2022 into law on June 21.

The bill imposed a 10 percent duty on importation of mobile phones and calculation will be based on the cost of mobile phones ordered into the country and other levies.

“Excise duty on importation of cellular phones shall be at 10 percent of excisable value,” read part of the Bill.

Currently, the use of telephone and internet data services already attracts a 20 percent duty which includes a 16 percent VAT.

Money transfer services like M-Pesa also attract a 12 percent duty charge.

Lawrence Baraza

Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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