Ocean Shipping From USA to Kenya (2023) Prices

Ocean Shipping Rates & Schedules From the USA to Kenya.

How it Works & What I Ship Via Ocean From USA:

  • Let's say you have this cosmetics business that only wants to deal with authentic US products - Ocean ship them
  • Let's say you have this toy store that only deals with high-end authentic toys - ocean ship them
  • Let's say you are the kind who have a taste in USA products, cookware, decor, etc - ocean ship them
  • Let's say you are building a home, or business premises and you want USA decor - ocean ship them
  • Maybe you have other ideas of heavy & bulky items you want from the USA - Ocean ship them 

With ocean freight from the USA to Kenya, you can ship anything you want via ocean, especially for business or even for personal use. 

It takes 60-75 days to deliver but in most cases, much faster than that.

Every last Friday of the month is containers loading Friday

When do we ship out ocean freight from the USA to Kenya?

We aim to ship out all ocean freight from the USA to Kenya every last Friday of the month. All shipments must be received by the third week of the month in order to ship out the same month.

In some cases, we may ship earlier or later +/- 2 weeks based on the container status. If we’re not able to fill the container fast enough, we may add container fillers which we dispose of in Kenya at a throwaway price.

We buy such container fillers to avoid any delays and make sure we exceed our promised 90-120 days delivery time.


How do I Label my ocean freight?

All ocean freight must have the receiver’s name in Kenya. You must also indicate that such shipments are meant for ocean cargo, otherwise, they may be mistaken for air freight.

You’ll get your warehouse code in your shipping account. If you are in the US, you will need to create a shipping account and add your receiver’s name in Kenya to generate their warehouse code.

Ocean freight from USA to Kenya

What Are Your Charges?

We charge $30 per cubic foot with a minimum charge of $300 per client, even if the package is smaller than 10 cubic feet.

That translates to $1080 per cubic meter  (CBM). We however discount volume shippers as follows.

1-5 CBM =$1080/CBM
6-10 CBM = $980/CBM
> 11 CBM = $900/CBM

Ocean Freight from USA to Kenya Cost Calculation formula

Do you offer full container shipping from the USA to Kenya?

Yes, we do. 

We quote full containers assuming the shipment is in our warehouse at Carrollton, Texas.

Ocean freight costs change every 2 weeks but on average, you can expect to pay around $5800 from Carrollton to Mombasa for a 40 feet container and $5500 for a 20 feet container.

This includes haulage from Carrollton to the port of Houston and exports documentation. This cost does not include warehousing and loading costs.

Do you Offer Clearing in Kenya?

Yes we do

Clearing costs are determined by the value of your cargo and cannot be quoted without a full manifest and the values of your goods.

Once we receive your full manifest, we can generate a spot quote for your shipment from door to door, warehouse to warehouse, or warehouse to the port.

Do you offer ocean freight pickup service?

Yes, we do.

In the Dallas-Fortworth area, Houston & Austin, Texas, we do. We'll soon start collecting ocean freight from other states and cities.

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Non-USA Residents. Here Are Your Options

These two options below are meant for our customers based in Kenya or other countries outside the USA.

These options are not meant for customers living in the USA.

Shipping Only Option

Shop online for your favorite products and ship or drop off your shipment to our warehouse in Carrollton, Texas.

This is what 99% of our customers do and it saves a lot of time and cost.

Kindly make sure your packages are addressed as instructed and do not forget or omit indicating that your shipment is for ocean freight.


Ocean freight from USA to Kenya address

With shipping only option:

  • You shop online and send your shipments straight to our warehouse addressed as shown above
  • You can have your friends and family in the USA do the packaging for you, then send your shipment to our warehouse.
  • You have the freedom to shop any time you want, we'll do the logistics and delivery to Kenya.

USA Residents. Here Are Your Options

Our customers living in the USA are able to either purchase goods online and ship them straight to our warehouse and save time and money. Most stores ship for free or at a small fee within the USA.

For example, You can buy heavy goods from Home Depot, Rowes, Bestbuy, Amazon, or any other store and have them delivered straight to the warehouse. You just need to make sure they are marked for ocean shipping.

In case you have put together your own shipment at home, you will need to ship it straight to our warehouse and make sure your boxes are marked for ocean shipping as instructed.

We may be able to pick it up for free in select cities in Texas 

  • You live in the USA & you are putting together your own shipment
  • You have NEW or used household or commercial items
  • You have boxes/barrels or pallets, not a container load or heavy equipment
  • You want to ship by ocean from the USA to Kenya
  • Furniture is either new in boxes or boxed if used (no assembled furniture due to damages)

These are the prices of commonly shipped boxes. These prices are best for customers in the Dallas-Fortworth area.

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2023 Ocean Shipping Schedule

MayApril 21stMay 19thLast Friday of May 43 days laterDelivered
JuneMay 19thJune 23rdLast Friday of June48 days laterDelivered
JulyJune 23rdJuly 21stLast Friday of July48 days laterIn Transit
Aug.July 21stAug. 18thLast Friday of Aug.42 days laterClosed
Sept.Aug. 18thSept. 22ndLast Friday of Sept.48 days laterRESERVE
Oct.Sept. 22Oct. 20thLast Friday of Oct.44 days later
Nov.Oct. 20thNov. 24thLast Friday of Nov.44 days later
Dec.Nov. 24thDec. 22ndDec. 23rd44 days later
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Ocean Shipping

Category: Ocean Shipping
You should be able to ship used car engines, but it must be within the described age by the Kenyan government. Such commodities must be quoted before being received in our warehouse.

Please note that the United States does not have a motor vehicle inspection body for pre exportation verification of conformity (PVoC).

That means that your engine will be inspected on arrival by Kenya Bureau of standards and issue a local certificate of conformity at a fee of 15% of CIF.

The same rule applies to motorbikes, off-road vehicles like ATVs. Please contact us before but using a motor vehicle engine, motor vehicle parts, a boat, a motorcycle, golf carts, or off-road vehicles. Please note we are not handling construction equipment until further equipment.

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Category: Ocean Shipping

All items being shipped outside the United States must be accurately declared in terms of quantities quality and cost.

It is illegal to add declare commodities being shipped outside the United States or being imported to Kenya.

We do not accept misrepresented shipment or a shipment that we feel has been added declared over not declared accurately.

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Categories: Ocean Shipping, reserve
Yes! if you have already have bought credentialed and baled shoes or clothes, we can help you with processing C0C, loading, and shipping to Kenya. Your shoes MUST be credentialed, paired, separated between men, women, kids, flat, heels, etc packed in 50KG clear bags ready to load. WE DO  NOT offer credentialing and packing service for used shoes and clothes from the US to Kenya.

To process CoC, load a container with all the required paperwork – including public health certificate, we charge $5,000 excluding haulage and vessel charges to Kenya. You’ll handle the clearing process in Kenya


  • Salim BALALA says:

    I wanted to ship a few bags of used soccer cleats for donation from Baltimore to Mombasa. Please advice.

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    Categories: Ocean Shipping, reserve

    If you have collected goods from different people and you are looking for someone to load and process export paperwork, we do not handle this process. we apologize

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    Kentex Cargo has been built by small businesses at the micro-level. Some of our customers started shipping a few lipsticks and today they run multi-million shillings a month empires, some with multiple branches.

    We ship small businesses consolidated products to help small businesses start, grow, and thrive, even at a shoestring budget.

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    At the moment, we do not handle tractors or heavy equipment. Our warehouse does not have the facilities and machinery needed to load heavy equipment and tractors into a container. We, however, can facilitate outsourcing for Kenyans in Kenya at a flat rate of $3,000 prepaid.

    Contact us for more details.

  • tobias says:

    need to ship a lathe machine
    estimated weight 500kg-1000kg
    likely 2-3cubic meter volume

  • Stephen says:

    Do you ship cars for a returning US resident? If so at what cost?

  • Andrew Murithi says:

    Yes I would like to know how I can buy a tractor and be brought to kenya

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    Category: Ocean Shipping
    Weight does not matter when it comes to ocean freight. However, if you want Kentex cargo to pick up your boxes and barrels (Dallas area) the weight cannot exceed 50 kilos for boxes and 75 kilos for barrels.


    Please note that we charge $30 per cubic foot for consolidated household goods. This does not include cosmetics, foods supplements, and medical products that are controlled by special government bodies in Kenya.

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    Categories: Ocean Shipping, reserve

    Our ocean freight delivery time is determined from the day the container leaves our warehouse in the USA to the time when it arrives in our Nairobi warehouse.

    We promise 90 days from the day when the container leaves our warehouse In the USA to the time the container arrives in our warehouse in Nairobi Kenya.

    It takes about 30 days for us to fill a container and 45 to 52 days of transit time to Nairobi. Pre-exportation verification of conformity procedures takes about 2 weeks, and clearing in Nairobi takes about 1 to 2 weeks.

    These are the reasons why we ask our customers to give us 90 days to deliver your ocean cargo from the USA to Kenya.

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    Sea shipping cost is $30 per cubic foot for consolidated goods. These are household goods either new or used.

    Commercial goods less than a container load will be quoted on per case basis.

    If you want to ship a full container full of commercial merchandise, we can only quote you for the cost of shipping from our warehouse to Nairobi. This does not include the cost of customs duties and taxes In Kenya.

    We have special discounts for US returning residents shipping less than a container load.

    If you need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    In situations where pre-exportation verification of conformity requires lab testing, as is the case in cosmetics, supplements, and food products, the client is responsible for such testing.

    Please note that cosmetics, food products, and medical-related products are regulated and cannot be shipped as household goods or consolidated as general goods.

    Medical equipment and food supplements are regulated by the Pharmacy and poisons board of Kenya. Such approval must be provided by the customer before the shipment can be allowed to clear in Kenya.

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    Categories: Ocean Shipping, reserve
    Unlike air shipping where we allow customers to pay for their shipment on arrival, ocean freight must be prepaid before picking up or before shipping from our warehouse.

    For our clients in the diaspora, we can only schedule for pick up or accept the shipment in our warehouse if it is 100% paid for.

    This is to avoid a common problem with abandonment or pickup delays, especially with used clothes and shoes.

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