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Inception date: 11 Jun 2009 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

 On 11 June 2009 the Minister of Finance of Kenya presented to Parliament that country's budget for the fiscal year 2009/2010. This budget had the following implications for international commerce:
1. Removal of the Sugar Development Levy on imports of refined sugar "by gazetted manufacturers."
2. Exempt from import duties all industrial spare parts.
3. Remit all duties on imported raw materials used to produce sanitary towels (it being noted the imports of sanitary towels and tampons are already duty free.)
4. Exempt from import duties the inputs used by the paper and paperboard mills. The following rationale was given for this change: "our leading paper mills have been experiencing operational challenges in the recent past originating from imported cheap and subsidized paper and paperboard products. In order to cushion the mills and to enable them compete with these imports, I propose to grant a remission of duty on inputs for use by paper and paperboard mills."
5. Removal of import duties on asbestos fibres used to produce brake linings and pads. It was stated that this measure was taken to promote the manufactures of the latter products.
6. "I propose to reduce import duty on all synthetic yarns, acrylic yarn, polyester yarn and high ferocity yarn from the current rate of 10% to 0%. Further, Mr. Speaker, in order to encourage the expansion of cotton sector, I propose to zero rate VAT on locally produced and ginned cotton."
7. Exemption from import duty of all four wheel drive cars that are especially designed and built for tourism.
8. To promote the local film industry it was proposed to "remove the current import duty of 25 percent and VAT of 16 percent on television cameras, digital cameras and video camera recorders." A zero VAT rate would be introduced on "taxable goods and services offered to film producers."
9. To promote the exploration for oil, gas, and geothermal energy it was proposed "to grant import duty exemption on equipment and inputs excluding motor vehicles imported by a licensed company for direct and exclusive use in oil, gas or geothermal exploration and development."
10. "KPLC and Telkom Kenya have been experiencing serious challenges through vandalism of their copper wires and other equipment. To address this vice and protect the equipment of KPLC and Telkom Kenya, I have imposed a ban on exportation of scrap aluminum, steel and copper wires and cables. This measure is expected to enable KPLC and Telkom Kenya to continue providing Kenyans with these essential services."
11. Increase import duty on wheat to 25 percent.
12. " also support our dairy farming sub-sector through further incentives, I propose to grant an exemption of import duty and to zero rate for VAT, heat insulated milk tanks, to help dairy farmers in preserving their milk."
13. Reduction of import duty on second hand clothes to 35 percent or US$0.20 per kilo, whichever is higher.
14. Exemption from import duties of all products imported by the Kenyan Committee of the Red Cross. 
15. "I propose to gazette known exporters who will qualify for (VAT) zero rated supplies get supplies zero-rated. This measure is expected to greatly assist our horticultural and floricultural exporters, in turn improving their cash flow position.




011 Cereals
1001 Wheat and meslin.
100199 Other
231 Grain mill products
1101 Wheat or meslin flour.
110100 Wheat or meslin flour.
267 Woven fabrics of man-made filaments & staple fibres
5407 Woven fabrics of synthetic filament yarn, including woven fabrics obtained from materials of heading 54.04.
540771 Unbleached or bleached
431 Engines & turbines & parts
8406 Steam turbines and other vapour turbines.
840682 Of an output not exceeding 40 MW
8409 Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the engines of heading 84.07 or 84.08.
840991 Suitable for use solely or principally with sparkignition internal combustion piston engines
840999 Other
432 Pumps, compressors, hydraulic & pneumatic power engines; parts
8413 Pumps for liquids, whether or not fitted with a measuring device; liquid elevators.
841320 Hand pumps, other than those of subheading 8413.11 or 8413.19
841330 Fuel, lubricating or cooling medium pumps for internal combustion piston engines
841370 Other centrifugal pumps
841381 Pumps
443 Machinery for metallurgy & parts
8455 Metalrolling mills and rolls therefor.
845510 Tube mills
845521 Hot or combination hot and cold
845530 Rolls for rolling mills
845590 Other parts
444 Machinery for mining, quarrying & construction; parts
8431 Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the machinery of headings 84.25 to 84.30.
843149 Other
445 Machinery for food, beverage & tobacco processing; parts
8438 Machinery, not specified or included elsewhere in this Chapter, for the industrial preparation or manufacture of food or drink, other than machinery for the extraction or preparation of animal or fixed vegetable fats or oils.
843830 Machinery for sugar manufacture
843840 Brewery machinery
843880 Other machinery
843890 Parts
448 Domestic appliances & parts
8509 Electromechanical domestic appliances, with selfcontained electric motor, other than vacuum cleaners of heading 85.08.
850940 Food grinders and mixers; fruit or vegetable juice extractors
452 Computing machinery & parts
8473 Parts and accessories (other than covers, carrying cases and the like) suitable for use solely or principally with machines of headings 84.69 to 84.72.
847330 Parts and accessories of the machines of heading 84.71
461 Electric motors, generators & transformers; parts
8503 Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the machines of heading 85.01 or 85.02.
850300 Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the machines of heading 85.01 or 85.02.
464 Accumulators, primary cells & primary batteries; parts
8506 Primary cells and primary batteries.
850610 Manganese dioxide
850680 Other primary cells and primary batteries
850690 Parts
8507 Electric accumulators, including separators therefor, whether or not rectangular (including square).
850710 Leadacid, of a kind used for starting piston engines
850760 Lithiumion
469 Other electrical equipment & parts
8511 Electrical ignition or starting equipment of a kind used for sparkignition or compressionignition internal combustion engines (for example, ignition magnetos, magnetodynamos, ignition coils, sparking plugs and glow plugs, starter motors); generators (f
851150 Other generators
472 Television & radio transmitters; cameras; telephone sets
8525 Transmission apparatus for radiobroadcasting or television, whether or not incorporating reception apparatus or sound recording or reproducing apparatus; television cameras, digital cameras and video camera recorders.
852560 Transmission apparatus incorporating reception apparatus
473 Broadcast recording apparatus; microphones, loudspeakers, etc.
8521 Video recording or reproducing apparatus, whether or not incorporating a video tuner.
852190 Other
474 Parts for the goods of classes 4721 to 4733 & 4822
8529 Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the apparatus of headings 85.25 to 85.28.
852910 Aerials and aerial reflectors of all kinds; parts suitable for use therewith
852990 Other
491 Motor vehicles, trailers & semi-trailers; parts
8703 Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars.
870321 Of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 1,000 cc
870322 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,000 cc but not exceeding 1,500 cc
870323 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,500 cc but not exceeding 3,000 cc
870324 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 3,000 cc
870331 Of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 1,500 cc
870332 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,500 cc but not exceeding 2,500 cc
870333 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 2,500 cc
870390 Other

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