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General Information
Customs

Visitors may import personal effects including binoculars, cameras and films temporarily into the country without a permit, but a customs bond may be required for video equipment, musical instruments, radios, cine and slide projectors and tape recorders.

Consumables in small amounts (one litre of alcohol, a quarter litre of perfume, fifty cigars, two hundred cigarettes or a quarter kilogram of tobacco) are allowed duty free. For more information check under customs departmant in the Kenya Revenue Authority website www.kra.go.ke

Infrastructure

Kenya has a fairly well developed communications infrastructure. The Government recognizes the role of efficient infrastructure as a necessary condition for sustained economic growth and development. Efficient infrastructure leads to lower production costs and thus higher competitiveness of products.

Air Transport
Kenya has three international airports, namely, Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi, Moi in Mombasa and Eldoret International Airport in Eldoret. Kenya's flag carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), works in partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The partnership with KLM has given KQ a number of advantages including extensive connections worldwide and other operational advantages made possible by KLM facilities and contacts worldwide. KQ boasts one of the most modern fleet of aircraft on the continent.

Sea Transport
The Port of Mombasa has recently undergone management and operational restructuring. It is one of the principal seaports in the Eastern Africa Region that serves as a gateway not only for Kenya but also for the landlocked neighbouring countries.

Roads Transport

Kenya has a good road network connecting major cities and towns in the country. The Government has in recent years laid emphasis on construction and maintenance of the road network and rehabilitation of other key infrastructural facilities. Major road maintenance projects involving resealing and re-carpeting of urban roads are currently going. The medium term development policy contains road development/rehabilitation projects, both in urban and rural areas. Plans are underway to improve road links between Kenya and neighbouring countries.

Rail Transport

Rift Valley Railways (formaerly Kenya Railways) offers both Cargo and Passenger services. Railway services stretch from the Port city of Mombasa, through Nairobi to Kisumu on Lake Victoria shoreline. There are also connections to Uganda and Tanzania and an extension northwards from Nairobi to Nanyuki on slopes of Mt. Kenya. Plans are underway to restructure the corporation to increase its efficiency in services delivery, and in the long term to commence services to Sudan.

Pipeline Transport

The Kenya Pipeline Co. Ltd. Is the principal transporter of light petroleum products. The transport throughput in 2006 was  3,826 thousand cubic metre. Trends indicates increased demands in Western Region.

Posts and Telecommunications

Kenya enjoys a fairly well-developed telecommunications services in the eastern Africa region. In the last few years, the Government has taken firm steps to liberalise and improve the telecommunications infrastructure. The country has both fixed and mobile telephone networks.

Power Supply

The power sector in Kenya has recently undergone major reforms aimed at increasing efficiency/capacity of generation and distribution of electricity. About 75 per cent of installed electric power in the country is hydro. The remaining percentage is met from geothermal power, diesel and imported power supply. In order to improve supply and reduce dependence on hydroelectric power, the government is in the process of expanding the geothermal and diesel power plants as well as increasing its power imports from the regional suppliers.

Source:

  • Economic Survey 2007
  • Export Promotion Council of Kenya (EPC)
 
 
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