Shipping and International Trade Law

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 transportations 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, although land based or occurring wholly on land, that are maritime in character.

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.

We have recently acted for the following clients:

  • Lira, Pavão, Rezende e Cunha Sociedade de Advogados, Australia
  • Esther Ong Tengku Saiful & Sree, a Malaysia based Firm in registration of a Patent in Kenya.
  • Tools Town Limited
  • Digittex Group Limited