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Our Shipping Law practice embodies both domestic law governing maritime activities, and private international law governing the relationships between private entities and individuals that operate vessels on the oceans, also entails the rights, duties and relations between those individuals using such vessels for transportation of their goods as well as government agencies involved.

Kenya boasts an ever-growing international trade relationship with many developed countries, especially China, Dubai etc,. our specialists, in this aspect of international trade deals with matters including marine commerce, shipping, law of the sea generally, the transportation of passengers and goods by sea, and Custom permits and rules as to tariffs and related matters. We also cover many commercial activities, either land based or occurring not wholly on land; that is maritime in character.

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Our work includes advice to clients on interpreting the scope and applicability of Kenya’s export controls and import controls, economic sanctions and determining the export and import classification of products and technologies, obtaining licenses and other authorizations, obtaining commodity jurisdiction determinations, and defending clients in tax, regulatory, environmental, healthy, energy, administrative and criminal enforcement actions. We frequently assist clients in the development and implementation of internal compliance programs, the conduct of internal investigations and the design of remedial measures (including in-house training programs).

Our clients are both local and international importers and exporters of goods in and out of Kenya, investors, government departments.


This includes the appropriate rules and customs for handling trade between countries.It entails the regulations between governments that will enhance trade practices when it comes to imports and exports.

Transportation law covers most aspects of travel and commerce on the streets and highways, in the air, and on the water — including regulation of vehicles and vessels; implementation of safety standards; and oversight of shipping activity.

Many legal issues arise on land, air, and water, such as workers’ compensation, criminal offenses, personal injury, or employment issues. However, when they occur on the water or in the air, admiralty or aviation law often applies special legal rules. Let’s look at these two common areas of the law: admiralty and aviation law.

Admiralty law, also called maritime law is a branch of international law that covers all contracts, torts, injuries, or offenses that take place on navigable waters. Admiralty law traditionally focused on oceanic issues, but it has expanded to cover any public body of water, including lakes and rivers. These laws largely cover interactions between two or more ships, the ship captain’s obligations to the crew and passengers, and the rights of crew members, as well as other legal issues.

Aviation law is the branch of law that governs the legalities and business aspects of flight and air transport, such as air traffic rights, aviation safety and security, economic regulations of airlines, and the operation of airports. It is one of the most complex branches of law but the good news is that CR Advocates LLP has a team of experienced attorneys in the area of Aviation law dealing with local and international aviation companies.

As air traffic increases, so does the risk that passengers will be involved in an aviation accident. When accidents do occur they often result in fatalities. Smaller, less serious accidents involving private aircraft are more frequent than people realize, because many of these incidents go unreported in the media. Aviation accident law covers both major air carrier and general aviation accidents. General aviation includes all non-commercial aircraft including small planes, large business jets, charter flights, pleasure crafts, helicopters, and hang gliders.

The regulation of who may transport through the air, sea or on land is a separate issue that often necessitates legal advise. How licenses are granted or revoked, for instance, is a common issue. Who do you turn to if your pilot’s license is in jeopardy? What to do if your railroad or trucking access is at stake? For aircraft owners how do you deal with disputes with the airports authority? How about if criminal charges come to bear after a transportation law incident? CR Advocates LLP has extensive experience in dealing with land, air and sea commercial deals and contracting and litigation disputes.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) established under the Civil Aviation Act regulates virtually every aspect of civil aviation in Kenya, including the licensing of aircraft service providers, operators and aerodromes, undertaking registration of aircraft in Kenya, certifying the airworthiness of aircraft and enforcing the penalties and fines arising as a result of breaches of the statutory provisions. The KCAA also regulates the mechanisms for mandatory and voluntary incident reporting systems through its aircraft accident investigation departments.

Shipping law deals with the rights and responsibilities of ownership and operation of vessels that travel on the high seas. It involves the transportation of goods by ship prior to agreements between the ship-owner and the party wishing to ship the goods.

A free trade agreement is a contract between two or more nations to reduce barriers to imports and exports among them.  Goods and services are bought and sold with minimal tax implications or trade restrictions. In Africa, there has been established the African Continent Free Trade Agreement (The AfCFTA agreement) which is made up of 54 African countries merging into a single market of 1.3 billion people. The agreement has been termed as a vehicle for economic transformation if the African continent will embrace the opportunity. CR Advocates trade experts are available to advise your business on how the agreement impacts your business and the legal obligations thereof.

An import is a good or service bought in one country that was produced in another.

Exports are goods and services that are produced in one country and sold to buyers in another.

This is the process whereby Kenya Revenue Authority through its customs department ensures that the exporters and importers have complied with all the tax regulations in order to trade their products in an efficient manner.

These are taxes imposed on imports.

Yes so long as you comply with all requirements by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

Kenya has entered into trade relationships with countries like China in order to perform governmental functions.

They include import duties, excise duties, Value Added Tax (VAT), Fees and Levies. There are many taxes imposed on locals and foreign companies under the Income Tax Act which CR Advocates LLP can advise comprehensively upon request.

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