Importing Clothes & Shoes to Kenya

How to Import Clothes & Shoes to Kenya: Business Goods Logistics Explained

The process of importing clothes, shoes (used or new) follows standardized import/export protocols established by ministry of trade under the laws of Kenya. The process of clearing your shoes or clothes container will follow the same process used to clear imported goods into Kenya with KRA & KPA. The only difference will be on import duty (high on shoes and clothes) and origin documentation. The biggest challenge when importing shoes or clothes into Kenya is where to find them. Shoes especially is a rare and expensive commodity to find.

China is currently the biggest exporter of goods into Kenya followed by Dubai and India. However, these countries do not have good quality shoes and clothes that would fetch a good profit in Kenya. A lot of times, their used clothes and used shoes are of poor quality and over-used. The best place to import used shoes and clothes is USA, Britain & Germany in the order of preference. However, clothes and shoes from Germany are usually too big for many Kenyans.

99% of those who are involved in shoes importation business from USA & UK won’t tell you a word about it….not even if you’re a relative. We can get you used shoes but at a small fee that many have found to be negligible based on potential profit margins. Living in USA and being in logistics business has exposed us to all this information. If you are interested, contact us for details, fees, terms & conditions.

How to Imports Clothes or Shoes to Kenya:

Clothes & Shoes importation is regulated and discouraged by the Kenyan government in-order to boost local textile industry. Of course, the government of Kenya discourages the importation of new and used clothes through heavy taxation and import duty. However, this practice has only made clothes un-affordable to common mwananchi since the local textile industry cannot suffice the demand of high quality and affordable clothing.

Step 1:

Identify a reputable high quality used or new clothes supplier, preferably in USA. This is the most difficult step when importing used clothes to Kenya. Most online searches will yield low quality mediocre suppliers and brokers, some of them based in China. Reputable high quality clothes suppliers are not so easy to find online as they have sufficient customer flow, thus no need for online marketing. If you need to identify high quality supplier without going through brokers, contact us. If you’re lucky to find a potential supplier online, more than likely, they will NOT AGREE to sell to you as they already have active customer in Kenya who have pre-paid months in advance.

Step 2:

This step is about  protecting yourself from scammers. This business involves high capital investment making it attractive to scammers and fraudsters. When you contract us to find you used clothes or shoes from USA, we phisically visit the supplier, inspect their product and sign legal binding contract between the supplier and us. The notion that the supplier is dealing with someone abroad does not arise. Majority of used clothes suppliers in USA are foreigners themselves and scams are not uncommon. This doesn’t mean all foreigners are scammers or Americans are not scammers. It means that this is a high risk business that involves a lot of money.

Step 3:

Making the purchase and fulfilling the order as agreed is the next step. We handle all the necessary pre-import/export paperwork on your behalf. This includes inspection and certification as required by importation laws of Kenya and enforced by KEBS.

Step 4:

Inland logistics, sea shipping to Mombasa is the next step. Majority of used clothes and shoes suppliers are located in cities away from major sea ports. This means that your container must be hauled by a truck to the nearest major international port. From the port, we conduct all the required procedures as provided by the law. Your tax and duty is based on Cost of your shoes or clothes, Insurance and Freight charges (CIF). This money must be available from the get go. To get the actual figure for a 20 foot or a 40 foot container, contact us for details.

Step 5:

This final step involves clearing your container in Mombasa, Kenya. KenTex Cargo is registered in USA and in Kenya and we do all the clearing and forwarding required with KPA & KRA. In rare occasions, some customers choose to do it themselves, a risky process to gamble while you have millions invested in your import.


Used Clothes & Shoes Grades:

Used shoes and clothes are graded and grouped as grade A, B or C, sometimes you’ll hear grade 1,2,3 and you might hear A, AA, AAA depending on the seller. We recommend you start with Grade B shoes and a budget between $60,000 & $90,000 (5-8 Million shilling) for a 40 foot container with about 700 bales 25KG(55Lbs) each.


Finding high quality used clothes and shoes from USA without getting scammed can be a difficult task. With our assistance to mitigate these risks, this business is very lucrative. Streamlines outsourcing, logistics, clearing and forwarding on both ends is the key to success





By |2019-09-23T08:43:15+00:00January 29th, 2017|Ocean Shipping, Shipping Tips|


  1. George Mirambo June 1, 2015 at 7:52 am - Reply

    need to import these commodities ; used shoes and clothes.
    your advice please

  2. Fredrick Otieno Ondego June 28, 2015 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Hi am very intrestd in shiping of second hand shoes and cloths bt having a small capital of 30000/= how can u help me plz?

    • admin March 29, 2016 at 7:19 am - Reply

      The budget you stated would require you buddy up with several friends to get a 20 or a 40 foot container. 30K is too little for importation

  3. Fredrick Otieno Ondego June 28, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Hope you will help me in my email

    • admin July 30, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Still waiting for your email Otieno

  4. Fredrick Otieno Ondego June 28, 2015 at 8:50 am - Reply


  5. Alejandro Alvarez July 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    We have high quality shoes and clothing to export out of the United States. We believe in integrity is key for success in this business. We will only work with serious professionals. Please feel free to email me for further information.

    • admin July 30, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

      We’ll be working with Alvarez to procure and deliver high quality shoes and clothes. If you need more details, contact [email protected]

      • david August 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm - Reply

        I need a budget of ksh 1 to 1.5 m

        • admin August 22, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

          On the lower side

  6. Moses July 25, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Would like to import shoes i.e second hand but have limited cash. Is it possible to start with what I have as I grow up that standardised quantity? Please advice.

    • admin July 30, 2015 at 9:30 am - Reply

      It can be done.Please email your request to [email protected]

    • Morris katheru November 17, 2019 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      hi I have done sales and marketing and I have been in the market for 5 years I need someone who can trust me and send clothes and shoes for sale as his or her sales man @morris katheru

      • admin November 19, 2019 at 4:49 am - Reply

        Trust is earned. Not that easy,

  7. zeenat August 2, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    How much duty does a 40 foot container with 500 bales of 45kg each cost?

    • admin August 8, 2015 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Do you know which port will the container be leaving from? Please send more details to [email protected]. We can help

    • admin March 29, 2016 at 7:20 am - Reply

      40 foot container cost depends on the value of the commodity. Please send us details at [email protected]

  8. Sami August 27, 2015 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    i have sorted summer shoes in Germany.Grade1+2+3
    Best Rrgards

  9. Sami August 27, 2015 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    i have sorted summer shoes in Germany.Grade1+2+3
    Best Rrgards

  10. Jubil Geo Mathews August 28, 2015 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Hi all,
    we are one of the largest exporter of used clothes, Bags & shoes from Dubai and the materials are originated from Australia, spain and other european countries, In addition, we are in to the business of building materials also. Those who are interested please contact us directly

    • Esther October 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      am interested in that but i need mix even for kids

    • Grace Minae January 4, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      What are your contacts please?

    • Emmah February 6, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

      hello, i am interested in women shoes and attires, kindly contact me here: [email protected]

  11. Martha Kairu September 2, 2015 at 5:34 am - Reply

    I would like to ship big size shoes both men and women..
    how do I go about it.

  12. Santosh Kumar November 9, 2015 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Hi, we are one of the trader, exporter of India. We mainly deal in T-shirts, sweatshirts, Jackets, cap, laptop bag, USB Pendrive . We are also ready to provide you customize
    solution for your brand promotion.
    Please contact us for your requirements. Please mail me for details.

    Thanks with regards,

    Santosh Kumar

  13. Carolyne M Mwaura January 11, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Hi I would like to import clothes, hair and shoes from india. How do I go about it?

    • admin January 25, 2018 at 4:20 am - Reply

      We could assist in importing from USA. We are not yet in India but maybe in future. Please let us know what you would like to import by sending an email to [email protected]

  14. uzurike March 1, 2018 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I am looking to importing used exercise clothes and sneakers. How can you assist me?

  15. noel March 7, 2018 at 10:34 am - Reply

    The sum of money needed for importation is too large.I may not be able to raise it at the moment,can I be allowed to input what I have as I grow?

    • admin March 13, 2018 at 11:36 am - Reply

      Noel, as a shipping company, we do not have a credit facility

  16. Mary Mwangi April 24, 2018 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Kindly, let me know how much is the importation duty and clearance fee in Kenya for a 40 feet container of shoes

    • admin April 25, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      Depends on the value of the goods and where they are originating from. You should expect to pay duty between 1.2M – 1.6M

  17. eparus May 25, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    i wish i had the ability to join the industry but no matter how interested i am i just cant afford to raise such capital unless a miracle happens…to all those able to raise such funds i really envy you and also wish you all the best.

  18. Daniel Kioko Kiilu July 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I need a container of used clothes im at the market i have much experience.

  19. Cathy August 16, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I need to start a business with a small capital, I want to venture mostly on women n children mutumba shoes how does cost there ,

    • admin August 22, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      It would be good to start buying from bulk importers who have these clothes locally. Importing will need a minimum of around 3-4M

      • Esther May 23, 2020 at 3:40 am - Reply

        Please give me a contact of a bulk importer that you work with. I would like to get some bales locally

        • admin May 30, 2020 at 2:39 am - Reply

          Kenya has banned Mitubas – FYI since COVID-19 started

  20. Vincent January 23, 2019 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    This is great, i have very small capital right jow but i hooe i can grow into a bigger shop, need asvisor for importation.

    • admin February 7, 2019 at 4:00 am - Reply

      The minimum you can import is a 20-foot container. Should be prepared with 2-3M

  21. Hardley kiraho majanga February 18, 2019 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Hi, I want to import official men’s Warehouse.( Slim fit suits, shirts, all types of ties, socks & boxers). How do I go about this. Where do i get this from? Thanks.

  22. Hardley kiraho majanga February 18, 2019 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Not warehouse but clothes…correcting my first post pease.

  23. Mukul May 3, 2019 at 6:12 am - Reply

    I have used cloth of a grade from Europ to supply Africa.

    Please fell free contact me on Whats up +917340592758

  24. Ahmed August 21, 2019 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Please tell me Import duty on used clothing and shoes from uk and dubai?

    • admin August 23, 2019 at 8:30 am - Reply

      we ship from the USA but the import duty is the same. 35% import duty and 16% VAT for used clothes and shoes

    • Mariam October 20, 2019 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Import duty depends on the weight of the container and if it’s and also there’s duty for mixed (shoes+clothes) , shoes only and cloths only

      Mixed approx: 1,300,000
      Cloths approx: 1,400,000
      Shoes approx:1,200,000

      Note: The above depends on the weight of the consignment


      • admin November 10, 2019 at 1:36 pm - Reply

        We can help starting January. We are restarting ocean freight

  25. MARTIN November 4, 2019 at 1:02 am - Reply

    We have high quality of graded used shoes , purses and belts in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA . We want a reliable buyer in Kenya. Any help? watsup number +1 9375808411, [email protected]

  26. Alex December 15, 2019 at 7:43 am - Reply

    …hello how are u i am men shoe maker i want to export kenya please find me bayers have good day

  27. Benard January 28, 2020 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Hallo,am ben and have as little money as 30k which i want to start a busines of selling mitumba .is possible to get it

    • admin January 31, 2020 at 3:05 am - Reply

      It is possible in the new future once we start ocean freight

  28. Nguyah June 15, 2020 at 10:45 am - Reply

    No cash to bring in a full shipment but I’m interested in sporting items ie soccer boots and tracks
    How do I go about it
    A recommendation to a local supplier would be great too

    • admin June 17, 2020 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      As of this date, second-hand clothes and shoes are banned in Kenya

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