The all new Toyota Rush 7 seater


I will bookmark this until 2025


Hio tungojee 9yrs from now iingie kenya Ruto akimalizia second term God willing

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This year I saw people buying year 2015 harriers so it may not be that long b4 they are on our roads. Besides duty is less for newer cars. For the owners, the hybrid engines in new cars saves on fuel costs.


Ala umedelete thread ile ulikuwa umepost?

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Hehe kwani ulikuwa umeiona…anyway i will post it again tomorrow morning…nimeona the message might be lost if i post it at this time of night

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I hope this 2018 version has a wider wheel base than the current ones

I fuxckin hate these daihatsu type vehicles

And who ferkken drives a silly toyota

Ferk all

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How is it less? Ama ni ukinunua kwa showroom…coz i saw duty inagonga 90% if you import

Toyota Rush = Daihatsu Terios

[SIZE=6]2018 Daihatsu Terios seven-seater SUV revealed


The new 2015 KRA Excise Duty bill has been received with mixed reactions especially among Kenyan car importers. The bill imposed by the Kenya Revenue Authority puts a new fixed tariff on the excise duty. As of 1st December 2015, All cars 3 years old or younger would attract a fixed Excise duty rate of KES 150,000, While those older than 3 years would be taxed at a flat excise duty fee of 200,000/=. What this means is that if your car falls below the bracket of 1.0 Million in Value, your overall customs duty tax may end up increasing by a factor of almost up to 50%. On the flip side those who can afford cars worth 5 Million & above may end up saving up to 700,000KES in taxes. The mixed reactions therefore come as no surprise. Seaways, one of the most experienced specialized car import logistics organizations in Kenya, has taken the lead in updating their already popular propriety duty calculator to reflect the latest changes from KRA. To know the total cost of customs duty and clearance charges for your imported car sign up for free today at

The new policy obviously has its fair share of flaws that seem to contribute to the widening gap between the rich and the not so rich. If highlighting these flaws would lead to a change in the law, trust me, we would have done so with unrivalled zeal. However, the reality is that the excise duty bill is here to stay and the earlier we find a way of happily co-existing with it the better. The main purpose of this write up is therefore to show you how you can take most advantage of the new bill and use it to save on the import of your car in the long run.

[SIZE=5]How Customs Duty is Calculated


KRA have come up with a standard retail value for every car make and model. The retail value reflects the total sale price of the car when its brand new. The retail value would then be depreciated at a certain rate to arrive at the (Customs Value) of your used car given its year of manufacture. The depreciation rate is dependent on the age of the car. Import Duty (25%), Excise Duty and VAT (16%) are all charged on the Customs Value of the car. On the right we have a table showing a typical breakdown of the tax charged on a 2008 1300cc Toyota Passo. Each cost item has been explained to help you gain deeper insight.

[SIZE=5]Difference Between Old & New KRA Excise Bill[/SIZE]
Under the old tariff the Excise Duty was 20% of the Excise Value. The Excise Value was obtained from adding (Customs Value + Import Duty). Now the Excise Duty is a flat fee of either 200,000/= For all cars older than 3 years and 150,000/= For all cars 3 years old or younger. The table below picks 3 cars in different categories and shows how the difference in tax value between the old tariff and the new tariff.

[SIZE=5]How to Save on Tax in the Long Run[/SIZE]
From the table above its clear to see, the cheaper your car is, the higher the incremental charge on customs duty will be. That therefore leaves us with the one critical question, “How does one buying a low end value vehicle save on customs duty?”

To answer this effectively, we need to first understand the original intended spirit of the law. We need to find answers to the following question.

“Why are cars 3 years old or younger taxed lower than their older counterparts?”
“ Why have a flat rate tax for cars with different values”

We could argue that the act of encouraging the import of newer cars is tied to the bigger notion of preserving the environment, through less fuel consumption, less pollution and fewer breakdowns. We could also argue that since newer cars need less maintenance the country would save on foreign exchange as a result of reduced imports on spare parts. One big flaw that all this argument overlook though is the impact on the car import industries. However this would be a discussion for another day. The flat rate tax would earn the government more revenue assuming a majority of the cars imported are of the lower end value.

Equipped with this understanding we could conclude that it would be more favourable purchasing a new car than an older one. Given that:

  1. Newer car would give you a longer term service
  2. There would be reduced costs in maintenance
  3. There would be savings in the fuel
  4. There would be savings in the Excise duty tax

Therefore, should you be thinking of purchasing a Toyota Passo for example, It would be better for you to buy a 2013 model than a 2008 model. You would also be shocked at the price difference between the two. Have a look at the table below

There you have it folks, for just 200,000/= More, you would get yourself a 2013 model car that would give savings on fuel consumption due to newer engine, savings on maintenance, a longer utility period and most importantly contribute to a better environment. You would also save 50,000KES on Excise duty as a result. This would lead to greater savings in the long run.

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Seaways is a specialized car import & logistics company that was established in 1987. Our unprecedented advancements in car import logistics technology and our expansive wealth in experience sets us apart as one of the leading motor vehicle logistics experts in Kenya. Our propriety customer portal lets you calculate duty, get comprehensive quotes for clearing and delivering your car, place orders for clearing your car online and track the clearance progress together with all your payments and necessary documents all in one place. For the first time the experience of clearing your car from the port has been made stress free and convenient. Sign up for free at for more.

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Hmmm i thought this was done away with after guys complained


Useless car, was bought in kenya by Kenya Power and it’s staff. Kenya power bought Terios while its staff bought Rush… Most are grounded for lack of spares…

This was reversed after KRA realised it’s better to collect lower tax from many people than higher taxes from few individuals.


Shouldn’t we at least match our exports to their imports. A kenyan spending 5 whole millions on a Japanese import while a Japanese citizen spends only 400 bob on a Kenyan cut flower. This is extremely high level exploitation. We should at least make the car engine or even the doors for export to even this huge disadvantage.
There’s an expo at TRM for Egyptian products. It was even advertised on TV. How comes trm management can’t do an Expo on Kenyan jua kali products?
Instead of wasting time on dialogues about how to distribute non existent cakes we should be asking these sort of questions on how to enlarge our wealth. How can all the cars on our roads be from one country and there’s nothing to reciprocate. How can a whole country import a simple technology like a cell phone and yet we have universities full of students out looking for work every year? And that is not considered a national disaster.


In addition to my comment above, angalau hata tungekuwa tunajitengenezea spare parts. Is there nothing Kenyans can do except import import import…

Is it that the govt. or a big university can’t fund a simple JKUAT program to make tyres or just simple metal components angalau a mechanical engineering student gets to taste the fruit of his long education. Hata kama ni wiper pekee.

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A very disgruntled Luo hawker in Mombasa asked recently on TV “mbona wanajenga hii port kubwa na reli kubwa na sisi hatuna kazi?”
Don’t brush him off as just another crazy, illiterate NASA supporter. Why indeed do we have such a big and hi-tech port and railway line to BRING IN things. Common sense dictates that we should be building more things that take OUR PRODUCTS OUT!
Things like factories to employ the people. That’s exactly what that genius hawker was asking. He can see this simple mathematics. You don’t need a PHD in economics to see the obvious.

And some of the things we are taking out are the most valuable products on earth. We are giving foreigners our Titanium ore, soil and all… chukueni mkajisaidie nayo. TITANIUM. Titanium used to make aeroplane wings, space satellites and highly expensive surgical equipment. Chukueni. Hatuna kazi nayo. No one in Kenya can make an aeroplane wing, or a fancy titanium watch. Sisi tunataka tractor tulime a million acres.

But what about the jobless millions? Watu wajipange my fren.


why does kra not have a separate section of taxes charged on hybrid and electric vehicles!.. maybe subsidize the taxes to encourage more Kenyans import hybrid and electric cars.


True that would be good. Save the planet with lower emission cars.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to derail the thread by bashing cars or ports or railway lines. We do indeed need a big port. Bigger even if possible. this is infrastructure that a growing nation needs. We also need even more railway lines. If possible throughout the nation.

But lets give more emphasis to the things that actually spur growth necessary to accommodate these benevolent new infrastructures. For instance it’s strange that in a country where a large population can’t feed themselves we have several thousand law graduates. Many of these brilliant minds just sitting at home with their degrees rotting away while a few others spend their lives chasing tenders or billionaires like Chris kirubi for breadcrumbs. We need degrees that make sense. An education system that improves lives. That’s where the discussion should be: what the heck are these kids learning any way?

Instead of working a whole lifetime to save enough to buy the Japanese car, why not make this car in an environment structured to benefit the larger community.