Kuwait

Export to Kuwait: 

Kuwait practically imposes no quantitative restrictions in the field of international trade ; a few products only are prohibited to be exported to Kuwait based on health, security and moral grounds.

  • Only Kuwaiti merchants who are registered members of the Chamber of Commerce may import goods, Hence, an exporter to Kuwait must draw up a contract with a member as detailed in the foregoing.
  • The usual method of payment is the standard letter of credit paid at the moment the goods are sent. However, bank guarantees from both sides can be requested. These take the form of Bid Bonds or Performance Bonds. There are companies in Kuwait which specialize in the inspection of damaged goods.
  • In order to clear goods from customs, you will need invoices showing the manufacturer’s name, the carrier, the price and the net weight. Also needed is a Certificate of Origin signed by the Chamber of Commerce. This must state the name of the manufacturer and the freight forwarder, a declaration that the goods did not originate in Israel and do not contain anything made in Israel as well as details regarding the means of shipping the items to Kuwait.
  • Bill of lading: The bill of lading is required for all freight shipments. Identification marks and name and address of consignee should be shown clearly. The port of destination, the listing of the freight, and other charges, the number of the bills of lading and the date and signature of the carrier’s official acknowledging receipt on board of the goods for shipment Should also be indicated on the bill of lading. Quantities, weight and values should agree with those shown on the commercial invoice. The importer should specify the number of bills of lading required. Two copies of the airway bill are required for air cargo shipments.
  • Packing list: A packing list is recommended in order to expedite clearance at the port of entry. The list should include shipping marks and numbers in order to facilitate the identification of each package and its contents. All these information must correspond to those written on the commercial invoices and on the packing. Any Arab consulate except for the Egyptian consulate may handle consular legalisation.
  • HALAL Certificate: For all meat products (to get more details about HALAL Certification please check HALAL section in the Irish Islamic Chamber of Commerce Website).

Other formalities and documents:

Labeling and marking: It is advisable that labels attached to goods be printed in Arabic.

Kuwait prohibits the importation of pork, pork products, alcoholic beverages, products containing alcoholic beverages, gambling machines, and obscene materials.