Trading across Borders in


Below is a detailed summary of the time and cost associated with the logistical process of exporting and importing goods. Under the new methodology introduced this year, Doing Business measures the time and cost (excluding tariffs) associated with three sets of procedures—documentary compliance, border compliance and domestic transport—within the overall process of exporting or importing a shipment of goods. In addition, the list of documents needed to trade internationally is provided below.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016.

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Characteristics Export Import
Product HS 09 : Coffee, tea, matï and spices HS 8708: Parts and accessories of motor vehicles
Trade partner Uganda Japan
Border Malaba border crossing Mombasa port
Distance (km) 440 481
Domestic transport time (hours) 9 11
Domestic transport cost (USD) 967 1,100
Export documents
Inland Bill of lading
Release order
Certificate of origin (COMESA)
Commercial invoice
Exit note
Certificate of export
Export Declaration
Packing list
Import documents
Bill of lading
Cargo release order
Pre-Import Verification of Conformity (PVoC)
Commercial invoice
Import Declaration Form (IDF Form C-61)
Packing list
Proof of payments of Customs Duties
Terminal handling receipts
Declaration of customs value (Form C- 52)