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Customs requirements of Kuwait
Kuwait Customs Contacts
Address: M.B 16 Safat 13001 - Kuwait
Phone: (965) 24843490
Kuwait is a country situated in Western Asia, bordering Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Kuwait maintains strong international relations with most countries. It is a member of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, WTO, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, African Development Bank, Arab Monetary Fund, Council of Arab Economic Unity and Group of 77.
A tax of 4% is applied on the c.i.f. value of all imports plus 1% of the goods value. Generally, the tax varies from 15 to 25% on all imported goods. The importer also will have to pay the transit duty, which constitutes 2% ad valorem.
Products such as agri-food goods, basic consumer products, most live animals, machinery, spare parts and all raw materials are free from customs duties.
On the contrary, goods such as ACR batteries, roofing felt, wooden and steel furniture, aluminium doors and windows, paint, are subject to a protective tariffs, which can vary up to 25%.
Products such as pork, alcohol, gambling machines and products of Israeli origin are prohibited.
Product licensing, labelling, packaging
Private imports require a license issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, but most fresh food products do not need a license. The importer must present the import licence and the quality test certificate for the imported goods. The importer do not need an import license for each product and shipment, as an annual import license can be obtained.
Live animals and animal products being imported must have health certificates. Food products must be followed by a certificate proving that the goods do not contain cyclamate compound.
Labelling: the imported goods must be clearly labelled with the country of origin and food products should carry a label in Arabic. Outer containers must have a distinguishing mark containing: package number, cable address of the importing agent, country of origin. Outer packaging must contain a description of the product in Arabic, and a description in English is also permitted. The packing list should contain the following details: invoice number, marks and number, gross weight of total cargo, description and type of goods, statistical code of the goods, total package of each type, packing type of each type, total units and gross/net weight of each type. Products that cannot be labelled individually (such as fruits) may have a sticker attached or their packaging labelled instead. The information must form an integral part of the label (stick-on labels are not acceptable). Food labelling must include: the name of the product, the ingredients, the date of production, the expiry date, net and gross weights, country of origin.
Documents for import/export
Commercial invoice with all the specifications (1 original and 3 copies)
Certificate of origin (min. 3 copies)
Bill of lading/airway bill (2 originals)
Note: the original commercial invoice, original certificate of origin and original packing list must be legalised by the Kuwait Embassy/Consulate and should be attested by the local chamber of commerce.