How to ship a laptop from USA to Kenya

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Posted by on Friday May 3, 2013 at 9:19:36:

When it comes to brand new and original high performing laptops, buying from online US stores is the way to go about it.

If you are thinking small scale and just want to ship a laptop or two to Kenya from a US store like Ebay, Amazon, Sony or Toshiba, the best way to go about it is by making use of a courier service and having a delivery location in Kenya where you can safely receive the goods.

There are a lot of people who shop online at such US stores and have their laptops shipped internationally even to most parts in Africa. If you intend doing so, one thing you should familiarize yourself with are the shipping restrictions from the Kenya Custom service especially as it relates to computers. It implies that new laptops are favoured more than used ones so I think it's better to just go for new laptops.

I just checked out the website today at and it says that: "

New computers, computer printers and parts only attract Import Declaration Fees of 2.25% of cost,(CIF).However, used computers attract excise duty at the rate of 25%,and Import Declaration Fees of 2025% of cost,(CIF)

There are probably a lot of online US stores to choose from but one site I normally prefer buying is from Amazon. They do have a nice outlay and good way of listing their products with the right specifications so you know what you are buying.

Things you'll need
- An internet connection
- A Visa or Mastercard
- A buyer's account
- A US shipping account

How to do it
- First register as a buyer on the laptop selling website e.g.
- Register for a US shipping account. Costs about $10 per order or $70 per year.
- Order and pay for the laptop using your Kenyan billing details but US shipping address
- Track the items until it gets to your US address and you'l get an email notification
- Order for your items to be shipped to Kenya finally and pay for the shipping costs.
- Track your laptop as it gets shipped to Kenya using the courier's online tracking service

In totality, it probably takes about 8 to 10 days to get to Kenya and you can then collect it.If there are any charges like duties, you'll be notified by the shipping service.

    Re: How to ship a laptop from USA to Kenya Reply by RENSON NGUTUKU on Saturday June 8, 2013 at 10:49:36:

    Thank you for useful information. Am a kenyan,teacher by profession. How do i get US shipping account and master card. Am interested. Please advise and outline a procedure from alpha to omega.

    Re: How to ship a laptop from USA to Kenya Reply by Felix Okoli on Saturday June 8, 2013 at 10:49:36:

    You can get a US shipping account from and you can get a mastercard from your bank. With your mastercard, you can then pay for that US shipping account and other bills you might have to make

    Re: How to ship a laptop from USA to Kenya Reply by Samuel on Tuesday August 6, 2013 at 21:28:49:

    how do you write your shipping address for kenya.?

    Re: How to ship a laptop from USA to Kenya Reply by Felix Okoli on Tuesday November 5, 2013 at 9:9:28:

    You should write the correct shipping address which can be a postal or residential address where you can receive your goods

    Re: How to ship a laptop from USA to Kenya Reply by Vic Wellington on Friday February 14, 2014 at 16:13:12:

    Most or all Companies that provide courier services DO NOT ship to Postal addresses. You need to either put a Residential Address or a Business Address.

    Re: How to ship a laptop from USA to Kenya Reply by Peter Kamau on Saturday March 1, 2014 at 19:4:36:

    I would like to start a business of importing used mobile phones to Kenya.
    since I am new into this business, I would like to know all the steps and procedures that I need to follow until the phones reach me here in Kenya.

    I'd also like to know How to find the best shops. (e.g. where most Kenyans are shopping from). Thanks.