Agricultural, Heavy, and Oversized Equipment Shipping to/from Kenya


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Atlantic Project Cargo specializes in delivering customized freight transport solutions, covering heavy equipment, boats, perishables, medical items, and state-of-the-art technology to and from the United States.

Shipping heavy and oversized equipment to international destinations requires a comprehensive understanding of the target country’s trade environment, regulations, and industrial stature. In the context of Kenya, a dynamic economy and a solid trade relationship with the United States make it a prime destination for such equipment transportation.


Kenya, located in East Africa, possesses distinct characteristics vital for international businesses. The primary language spoken is Swahili, with English also being widely used, especially in business contexts. This bilingual nature facilitates communication and business interactions for many international entities.

Based on the latest data, Kenya has a population of approximately 53 million people. The country operates in the East Africa Time (EAT) zone. The official currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES), which offers a relatively stable financial environment for international transactions. Grasping these foundational aspects of Kenya will assist in addressing the business and logistical considerations crucial for successful exports to this market.


Kenya enjoys active trade relationships with various countries, with the United States being a notable partner. The exchange of heavy and oversized equipment is integral to this relationship, bolstering the growth of multiple sectors in both nations. Efficient freight and transportation networks support the import and export of such equipment, ensuring prompt and secure deliveries.


Kenya is recognized for its diverse industries, including agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing. The country’s fertile lands support the cultivation of tea, coffee, and horticultural products, making agriculture a significant contributor to the economy. Additionally, Kenya’s tourism sector, driven by its national parks and coastal regions, plays a pivotal role. The manufacturing sector, while not as vast as agriculture, is steadily growing, emphasizing technology and innovation.


Kenya offers abundant opportunities for international exporters specializing in heavy and oversized equipment.

  • Construction and Infrastructure Development: With the ongoing push for urbanization and infrastructure development, there’s a rising demand for heavy machinery and equipment to facilitate construction projects;
  • Manufacturing and Production: As Kenya aims to boost its manufacturing sector, industries require specialized machinery for production processes, especially those approved for the construction of houses under the Affordable Housing Scheme;
  • Agriculture: Being an agrarian economy, there’s a continuous need for advanced agricultural machinery to enhance farming practices and increase yield;
  • Mining: The exploration and extraction of minerals necessitate the use of heavy-duty machinery and equipment;
  • Energy and Power Generation: With projects related to renewable energy and power generation, specialized equipment is needed for the establishment and maintenance of power plants;
  • Transport and Logistics: As Kenya works on improving its transport infrastructure, there’s a demand for heavy machinery for the construction and maintenance of roads, railways, and ports;
  • Health and Environment: Certain specialized equipment is imported to address environmental conservation efforts and advanced healthcare solutions.


Shipping heavy and oversized equipment to Kenya presents challenges that necessitate careful planning and compliance:

  • Infrastructure Limitations: Much of Kenya’s infrastructure has been underdeveloped for a long time, leading to inefficiencies in the supply chain;
  • Port Congestions: There have been instances of congestion at Kenyan ports, leading to delays in shipping and receiving goods;
  • Fuel Price Fluctuations: The geopolitical landscape has caused fuel prices to soar, directly impacting the cost of trucking and cargo transport;
  • Tax and Regulatory Challenges: Complex tax regulations and inadequate infrastructure across many parts of Kenya add to the logistical challenges faced by shipping companies;
  • Border Delays: Measures like COVID-19 testing for truck drivers at borders have led to delays and buildups, affecting the timely movement of goods;
  • Supply Chain Disruptions: The global supply chain crisis, influenced by the pandemic, has had ripple effects in Kenya, leading to shortages and increased prices for various goods;
  • Technological Gaps: The logistics industry in Kenya is still evolving in its adoption of technology, leading to operational inefficiencies.


The transportation of heavy equipment from the US to Kenya mainly involves machinery used in agriculture, construction, and, to a lesser extent, mining. This includes tractors, bulldozers, and other vital machinery. Transporting this equipment demands careful planning and compliance with regulatory standards of both countries.


Kenya’s industries often require the import of heavy and oversized equipment. This includes agricultural machinery, industrial machines, and to a lesser extent, mining machinery. Importing such machinery supports Kenya’s core sectors, significantly benefiting the economy.


Kenya boasts a crucial ocean freight port vital for its international and domestic trade:

  • Port of Mombasa: Located on the African Coast, Mombasa Port is the premier, largest, and busiest port in the eastern African region;
  • Port Reitz: Located in Mombasa, it was once a flourishing facility that later declined due to lack of maintenance. Today, it is marked by container freight stations, vehicle yards, and garages;
  • Port of Lamu: An ongoing government project, once completed, this port will handle major cargo traffic of the region’s north corridor, serving as a significant international seaport in Lamu;
  • Port of Kilifi: Located on Kilifi Creek, this port features a boatyard and is known for its beautiful mangrove-lined shore. It handles 260 million tonnes of fish annually;
  • Port of Mtwapa: A small port that primarily receives smaller yachts and ships. Plans are underway to develop it further into a fishing port;
  • Port of Shimoni: Located on the Wasini island on the southern coast of Kenya, this tiny port handles about 10,000 metric tonnes of cargo and is primarily used for fishing, tourism, and trade;
  • Port of Kiunga: A medium-sized port with limited sea access. Plans are in place to transform it into a productive fishing port to benefit the fishing industry;
  • Port of Malindi: Located 120 kilometers north of Mombasa, it consists of a well-maintained pier mainly used for the local fish business.


Extensive Experience
Atlantic Project Cargo has a long-standing history in the transportation industry, providing expert services and ensuring all cargo reaches its destination safely. Their years of experience have equipped them with extraordinary problem-solving skills to handle any logistical challenges that may arise.
Exceptional Customer Service
The company prides itself on delivering top-notch customer service. They understand the importance of clear and prompt communication, making the shipping experience seamless and stress-free for all their clients.
Global Network
Atlantic Project Cargo’s robust global network allows it to transport cargo virtually anywhere. This extensive reach enables them to provide reliable, efficient, and timely delivery of goods across continents.
Safety and Compliance
Safety is paramount at Atlantic Project Cargo. They adhere to strict safety protocols and regulatory compliance, ensuring the safe transportation of goods and minimizing environmental impact.