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Road Worthiness Inspection (RWI) Certificate for Kenya


Kenyan regulations require that each car for Kenya be inspected by a representative of QISJ (Quality Inspection Services Japan) for road worthiness. The inspection must be done in Japan before your car is loaded in the ship. Once it passes inspection, QISJ will issue a certificate which will then be mailed to the exporting company.


During your inspection, the following areas are inspected:

● Test drive: Acceleration and brakes.

● Accuracy of the speedometer

● Exhaust emissions

● Headlights

● Engine; including fan belt, Battery, Master cylinder, Carburetor, Fuel pipes, Injection pump. Wiring harness, Generator, Cooling system, Manifolds and Lubrication System.

● Chassis; including Springs, Shock absorbers.

● Body; damage to the exterior, interior or under the chassis.

● Interior: including Steering wheel, Power Steering, Gauges, Climate Control, Door, Windows, Wipers, Mirrors, Gearbox, Safety Belts, Brake pedal, Clutch pedal and Function.

● Radiation; applicable for Japanese car exports.


Common reasons why car inspections fail:


1. Physical Inspection

This category includes observable components of the vehicle that do not meet set standards. Examples include: worn tyres, blown bulbs, dent, broken glass, etc.

For this category we allow 7 days for you to repair the vehicle and we'll re-inspect the vehicle free of charge.

2. Vehicle Registration

The vehicle is recorded as a (first inspection) fail. We'll issue a Certificate of Roadworthiness if the V5 is corrected within 14 days of inspection.

3. Mileage Discrepancy

If we detect a mileage discrepancy, we'll issue a non-Conformity report at first instance.


If the vehicle is shipped to Kenya without inspection it still possible to get one in Kenya. However, the vehicle will be subject to a penalty of about 15% of the CIF value. Vehicle will be inspected by KEBS (Kenya Bureau of Standards) .




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