Mobile phone prices are set to increase following a new duty imposed on the gadgets that takes effect on Friday, 1st July 2022.
The Finance Act 2022 has imposed a 10% excise duty on the importation of cellular phones in addition to KSh50 excise duty on every imported ready-to-use SIM card.
The two new duties on the purchase and use of mobile phones were not part of the original Finance Bill 2022 submitted by Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani but were introduced during the debate by the House last month.
The new duty will be calculated based on the cost of the mobile phones ordered into the country and other taxes and levies.
The use of telephone and internet data services already attracts duty at the rate of 20% of excisable value, which includes the 16% value-added tax.