Vehicle imports increase after 50pc drop in 2020

Global vehicle exporter BE Forward has upscaled the delivery of equipment and spare parts into the Country amid the COVID 19 Pandemic.

A recent survey by the Kenya Bureau of Statistics indicates that production of assembled vehicles increased from 768 units in August 2020 to 798 units in September 2020.
According to the report, machinery and other capital equipment; Fuel and lubricants; and transport equipment accounted for 17.81, 12.57 and 11.51, per cent of the total value of imports, respectively.

BE Forward Senior Manager South & East Africa Group John Mutahi has commended the Government for its efforts to grow the manufacturing sector, saying the increase in vehicle imports is a positive sign of economic recovery.

“Kenya as a fast-growing economy, has a huge demand for machinery and equipment as well as spare parts. In 2019, Kenya imported approximately 130,000 Vehicles which dropped by about 50% in 2020 due to the pandemic. Although there was a huge demand of vehicles, the supply fell short due to unavailability of vessels which were stuck at various ports around the world. With import regulations adapting to the pandemic, we are optimistic that the demand to Kenya will grow, albeit slowly,” He said.

The company initiated a campaign dubbed ‘buy 1 keep 1 safe’ to keep their customers and dealers safe.

Mombasa office Sales Manager Salome Njeri Muriithi said they have supplied over 26,000 facemasks to support the fight against COVID 19.

“All our customers visiting the local offices continue to observe the safety guidelines against the spread of the virus. We also have flexible payment plans for dealers which allows them to operate without a glitch,” She said.

The National Transport and Safety Authority recorded 35,180 new registrations as of November 2020 compared to 27,063 units in 2019.




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