Kenya’s Top 10 Imports – Kenya Import Data and Trade Statistics

14 June 2019
Kenya Import Data

Kenya’s imports totalled US$15.8 billion in 2018, which declined from the previous year’s value of US$16.6 billion, Kenya import data reveals. That dollar amount reflects a -13.9% decrease since 2014 and a -5.1% dip from 2017 to 2018. Kenya purchased machinery and related products the most last year, followed by electrical machinery and equipment. The largest import source of Kenya imports is China with 22.6% share in value recorded in 2018. Let’s get a larger picture from Kenya import statistics and shipment data.


Kenya’s Top 10 Imports


According to trade statistics of Kenya, the country’s top 10 imports accounted for over half (56.6%) of the overall value of its product purchases from other countries. Imported paper and paper items made from paper had the fastest-growing increase in value among Kenya’s top 10 import categories, up 32.1% from 2017 to 2018.


In second place, articles made from iron and steel recorded improved purchases of 27.2% in 2018. Kenya imports of iron and steel as metals delivered the third-fastest gain up 20.5%. Mineral fuels including oil which are among the top 10 import commodities of Kenya recorded a decline of -69.1% in total value.



Product

Value US$ %

Machinery, Mechanical Appliances, etc.

10.9

Electrical Machinery and Equipment

8.5

Vehicles

7.9

Iron and Steel

5.5

Mineral Fuels and Oils

5.3

Cereals

5.3

Plastics

4.5

Pharmaceuticals

3.2

Paper and Paper Items

2.7

Articles of Iron and Steel

2.6

 


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Industry-wise Outlook of Kenya Imports


Machines


                     1.    Turbo-jets: US$225.6 million

                     2.    Computers and Optical Readers: US$132.2 million

                     3.    Heavy Machinery (Bulldozers, Road Rollers, Excavators): US$110.3 million

                     4.    Refrigerators, Freezers: US$78.5 million

                     5.    Industrial Preparation Machinery: US$67.7 million


Electronics


                    1.    Phone System Devices including Smartphones: US$331.2 million

                    2.    TV Receivers/Monitors/Projectors: US$132.1 million

                    3.    Electrical Converters/Power Units: US$103.5 million

                    4.    Insulated Wire/Cable: US$95.3 million

                    5.    Electric Storage Batteries: US$62.2 million


Vehicles


                   1.    Cars: US$506.9 million

                   2.    Trucks: US$270.7 million

                   3.    Tractors: US$128.4 million

                   4.    Motorcycles: US$122 million

                   5.    Automobile Parts/Accessories: US$95.2 million


Iron


                   1.    Hot-rolled Iron or Non-alloy Steel Products: US$365.6 million

                   2.    Iron or Non-Alloy Steel Products (semi-finished): US$109.1 million

                   3.    Flat-rolled other Alloy Steel Products: US$105.2 million

                   4.    Flat-rolled Iron or Non-Alloy Steel Products (Plated/Coated): US$95.3 million

                   5.    Coiled Iron or Non-Alloy Steel Bars, Rods: US$52.5 million


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Kenya’s Top 5 Import Partners


Based on 2018 Kenya trade data, top suppliers accounting for about two-thirds (67%) of Kenya’s international purchases were: China, India, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Japan. Check share in values of all these countries below.



Country

Value US$ %

China

22.6

India

9.9

United Arab Emirates

8

Saudi Arabia

6.6

Japan

4.7

 


Kenya’s Top 5 Import Regions


According to Kenya customs data, more than 50% of Kenya’s total imports by value were purchased from Asian countries, followed by Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Oceania, Australia and New Zealand. Check share in values of all these regions recorded in 2018 from the chart and table give below.



Region

Value US$ %

Asia

65.1

Europe

15.4

Africa

11.5

North America

5.1

Latin America

2.3

 


What is Kenya Import Data?


Import data of Kenya covers factual details of sea, air and road shipments which enter into country’s ports. It is based on import-export documents such as import bills, shipping bills and invoices. This shipment data of Kenya is based on actual shipment records which are received from authenticable sources such as Kenyan customs, port authorities, shipping & logistics companies, trade associations and government bodies.


Customs data of Kenya covers a wide range of data fields including Kenyan import companies with contact details, foreign export companies with contact details, HS Code, product description, value, etc. Check Kenya import sample to understand the format of data.


Kenya Import Sample


Date

28-03-2018

Kenyan Importer

ALS Limited

Importer Address

41937 Nairobi

Foreign Supplier

AVIA Source INC

Supplier Address

60446 Romeoville ILL

Origin Country

United States

HS Code

8401300000

Commercial Description

Civil Aircraft Parts (Fuel Cap)

Quantity

1

Unit

KG

Total Value (KES)

313660.17

Total Value (USD)

3077.71

Package Type

PK

Port of Entry

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Transport

Air

Port of Discharge

CSC

Manifest No.

2018KA207189

Bill of Lading No.

SCHIEA022158

Agent Name

Affaires Afrique Limited

Agent Address

47578 Nairobi

 


Kenya is ranked with the best-growing economy at a high rate when compared to member and signatories of the East Africa Community Treaty. The other members of this community apart from Kenya include Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Get the correct trade picture of the country from Kenya import data. View Africa Import Export Data to record shipment details of other African countries.


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