Guide to Sending Parcels to Kuwait

Kuwait clings to the Arabian Peninsula at the head of the Persian Gulf surrounded by three much larger neighbours. Nevertheless, this very tiny nation has distinguished itself by:

  • Having the oldest modern arts movement in the Middle East
  • Running the largest opera house in the region
  • Being the Gulf's production centre for television drama and comedy

However, Kuwaitis do more than entertain. They have also implemented the first 5G network of the region, which may explain a 90%-plus internet penetration rate of its population. So, it is no surprise that e-commerce revenue is set to grow at 6% annually for the next several years aided by a young population with lots of disposable income.

Information for this page was taken from the Unified Guide for Customs Procedures of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Kuwaiti Customs.

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Easy Tracking Information

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Full tracking information for parcels to Kuwait is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Sep 19, 2021
8:49 am
Salwa, SA, KW
Delivered
Sep 18, 2021
7:18 am
Al Fahahil , AF, KW
In transit
Sep 17, 2021
9:03 pm
As Salimiyah , AS, KW
International Clearance
Sep 17, 2021
8:14 am
Hawalli, HA, KW
In transit
Sep 17, 2021
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Sep 16, 2021
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Kuwait before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Kuwait

Documents Only

Kuwait allows the following items as document shipments:

  • Advertising literature, brochures, and pamphlets
  • Airline tickets
  • Annual reports
  • Bids and proposals
  • Blueprints and drawings
  • Business cards
  • Calendars
  • Cash letters and cheques
  • Catalogues and price lists
  • Computer print-outs
  • Credit cards
  • Driver's Licence
  • Examination papers
  • Graphs
  • Greeting cards and invitations
  • Manuscripts and publications
  • Maps and charts
  • Mylars
  • Newspapers and periodicals
  • Passports
  • Photographs
  • Visa applications

The following items may be shipped to Kuwait as a document shipment if they abide by the restriction shown.

Item Restriction
Diplomas Must not have a value attached to the shipment
Envelopes Providing they are blank
Event Tickets (concerts, stage shows, and football (soccer) matches Tickets CANNOT be sent from a printing company to an event organiser or a ticket sales office
Films Only commercial films allowed; training and promotion films are deemed to be non-documents
Forms Must be blank
Intercompany mail Must have no commercial value and be labelled: Intercompany Mail
Labels Only if the words 'Made in ...' are NOT on the label
Manuals Only if they are of a technical nature
Newsletters Providing it is for intercompany use
Stationery Must be blank
Travellers cheques Only if personalised

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to Kuwait

Shipping Gifts

A gift shipment to Kuwait will incur duty and taxes regardless of its value. There are no thresholds for gifts shipped to Kuwait from Canada.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Kuwait will be charged duty and tax no matter what its monetary value is.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

A gift shipment of any value from a business in Canada to a business in Kuwait will be liable to duty and tax charges.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

If a business in Canada ships a gift to an individual in Kuwait, duty and tax will be incurred on the shipment. It does not matter what the value of the shipment is.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Mojeb al-Dousari
Ibraheem Al Mudhaf St.
Kuwait City
Kuwait

Phone: +965 2292 9444
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

Does your shipment have multiple gifts in it? Then wrap and tag each one separately.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Mojeb al-Dousari
Ibraheem Al Mudhaf St.
Kuwait City
Kuwait

Phone: +965 2292 9444
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Kuwait

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects may be shipped to Kuwait from Canada duty-free up to a value of $1,000 USD (about $1,200 CAD). The exemption can be claimed by Kuwaiti nationals returning to Kuwait to live and Canadian citizens arriving to live in the country for the first time.


NOTE:
For foreign nationals, they must have a work or residential permit valid for a minimum of 1 year.


Personal effects and household goods must be:

  • Used, not new
  • Shipped from Canada
  • For the use of the individual and/or his or her family
  • In an amount suitable for the size of the household, i.e. not a commercial quantity

NOTE:
Documents for customs clearance must arrive at customs 5 days before the shipment.


Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information available at this time regarding students moving temporarily to Kuwait with their personal effects for purposes of studying.

Non-Students

Personal effects of non-students may be shipped to Kuwait from Canada exempt from duty up to a value of $1,000 USD (about $1,200 CAD) providing the person has a resident or work permit for a period of at least 1 year. The exemption may only be claimed if the person is moving to Kuwait for the first time.


The conditions for exemption of personal effects include:

  • They were shipped from Canada
  • They are for personal and household use only
  • The amount of goods matches the number of people in the household
  • All of the items are used, i.e. they are not new

Moving Permanently

If you are moving permanently to Kuwait, you may ship your personal effects - up to a value of $1,000 USD (about $1,200) - exempt from duty charges. The exemption can be claimed by Canadian citizens arriving to live in the country for the first time and returning Kuwaiti nationals.


NOTE:
For foreign nationals, they must have a work or residential permit valid for a minimum of 1 year.


The duty exemption is dependent on the shipment comprising of goods that:

  • Are used
  • Were shipped from Canada
  • Will be used by the individual and/or his or her family
  • Are in an amount comparable to the size of the household, that is to say, it cannot be a commercial quantity of goods

NOTE:
Ensure that the documents required to clear customs arrive at least 5 days before the shipment.


Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • For foreign nationals, a work or resident permit valid for a minimum of 1 year is required
  • Documents for customs clearance must arrive at customs at least 5 days before the shipment

Sources:
https://www.fidi.org/sites/default/files/public/2020-03/M_Svcs_Customsregulation_Kuwait_0.pdf
https://www.gcc-sg.org/en-us/CognitiveSources/DigitalLibrary/Lists/DigitalLibrary/Customs/1435652105.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Mojeb al-Dousari
Ibraheem Al Mudhaf St.
Kuwait City
Kuwait

Phone: +965 2292 9444
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Kuwait

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Generally speaking, food shipments are allowed into Kuwait if they are for personal use.

Foodstuffs must be shipped in unopened, sealed commercial containers.

You May Ship

  • Chocolate
  • Candy

Do Not Ship

  • Perishables
  • Pork products

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2016/SPS/SAU/16_5161_00_e.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Mojeb al-Dousari
Ibraheem Al Mudhaf St.
Kuwait City
Kuwait

Phone: +965 2292 9444
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Kuwait

Samples

Commercial samples of products are shipped to be displayed and advertised as a way of soliciting sales. Commercial samples of goods may enter Kuwait exempt from duty as long as they are in a reasonable quantity.


Samples destined for display as a temporary import may stay in Kuwait up to 180 days, which may be extended to a maximum of 365 days.


Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
https://www.gcc-sg.org/en-us/CognitiveSources/DigitalLibrary/Lists/DigitalLibrary/Customs/1435652105.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Mojeb al-Dousari
Ibraheem Al Mudhaf St.
Kuwait City
Kuwait

Phone: +965 2292 9444
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Kuwait

Advertising Material

Advertising material may enter Kuwait exempt from duty providing it is packaged, and in a reasonable quantity for its purpose. The packaging must describe the contents and name of the sender.


Material destined for exhibitions may also be shipped to Kuwait exempt from duty if it follows the temporary admission procedure. The time limit for temporary items is 180 days, which may be extended to a total maximum of 365 days.


Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://www.gcc-sg.org/en-us/CognitiveSources/DigitalLibrary/Lists/DigitalLibrary/Customs/1435652105.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Mojeb al-Dousari
Ibraheem Al Mudhaf St.
Kuwait City
Kuwait

Phone: +965 2292 9444
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Have your goods warranty repaired in Kuwait

Repairs

Equipment requiring repairs may be shipped to Kuwait from Canada as a temporary entry.

Such equipment will be exempt from duty charges if it remains in Kuwait no longer than 180 days. The time may be extended up to a maximum total of 365 days.

Items Under Warranty

Equipment under warranty sent to Kuwait for repairs will be exempt from GST when it returns to Canada.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

If equipment no longer under warranty re-enters Canada from Kuwait, it will incur GST on the value of the repair and on any parts required for the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Kuwait

Product sent to Kuwait for repair will be exempt from duty if it remains in the country no longer than 180 days. An extension may be granted, but in total it can be for no longer than 365 days.

Returning Repaired Product to Kuwait

Product repaired in Canada will incur duty on the cost of the repair when the equipment re-enters Kuwait.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Kuwait or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://www.gcc-sg.org/en-us/CognitiveSources/DigitalLibrary/Lists/DigitalLibrary/Customs/1435652105.pdf
http://www.gcc-sg.org/en-us/CognitiveSources/DigitalLibrary/Lists/DigitalLibrary/Customs/1282120184.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Mojeb al-Dousari
Ibraheem Al Mudhaf St.
Kuwait City
Kuwait

Phone: +965 2292 9444
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Kuwait

Temporary Imports

Goods shipped to Kuwait from Canada as a temporary import must have a bond that covers the duty charges. The monies will be refunded when the goods leave Kuwait.

The maximum time for a temporary import is 180 days.


Goods that are allowed temporary entry into Kuwait include:

  • Equipment required for scientific testing
  • Items for a theatrical presentation or concert
  • Commercial samples that will be displayed
  • Items destined for exhibitions, trade fairs, meetings, and symposia

ATA Carnets

Kuwait does not accept ATA Carnets for the temporary admission of goods.


Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.atacarnet.com/carnet-countries
https://www.gcc-sg.org/en-us/CognitiveSources/DigitalLibrary/Lists/DigitalLibrary/Customs/1435652105.pdf
https://www.customs.gov.kw/CustomsProcedures/FAQ

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Mojeb al-Dousari
Ibraheem Al Mudhaf St.
Kuwait City
Kuwait

Phone: +965 2292 9444
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Kuwait

Permanent/Sold Goods

Shipments of sold goods to an individual in Kuwait will be allowed entry duty-free if it is:

  • For the personal use of the recipient
  • 50 kg or less and the amount is clearly not a commercial quantity
  • Valued at 100 KD or less (about $400 CAD)
  • Not on the list of prohibited goods

Occasional Shipper

As long as a shipment of sold goods is for the personal use of the recipient and is in a non-commercial quantity, it may enter Kuwait with minimal paperwork.

And if its value is 100 KD or less (about $400 CAD), it will be exempt from duty.

However, be aware that for a parcel that weighs 50 kg or more will require customs clearance.

Regular Shipper

Kuwaiti importers require a licence from the Ministry of Commerce. Therefore, if you are a regular shipper of sold goods to Kuwait, we recommend that you consult a licenced Kuwaiti customs broker.


Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.kw/Content/ProcedureGuide/Dalil-0102_new.htm
https://www.gcc-sg.org/en-us/CognitiveSources/DigitalLibrary/Lists/DigitalLibrary/Customs/1435652105.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Mojeb al-Dousari
Ibraheem Al Mudhaf St.
Kuwait City
Kuwait

Phone: +965 2292 9444
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels). These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
and is destined to a country other than the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Kuwait. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Kuwait, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See Temporary import section
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Goods that are prohibited may not enter Kuwait. These items are generally due to religious, health and safety, environmental, and moral considerations, and to abide by international practices.

Restricted goods may enter Kuwait; however, they may be limited in quantity or require approval from a government agency.

Prohibited Items

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Pornographic and obscene material
  • Radios and walkie-talkies
  • Firearms and other weapons
  • Drugs, narcotics, and other
    mind-altering substances
  • Equipment used in gambling
  • Any item made from pigs
  • Israeli goods or any item connected to Israel

Restricted Items

  • Foodstuffs
  • Medications
  • Computer modems
  • Magazines and books
  • Audio tapes and recorded music

Sources:
https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=Q:/WT/TPR/S258R1-04.pdf&Open=True
https://www.fidi.org/sites/default/files/public/2020-03/M_Svcs_Customsregulation_Kuwait_0.pdf
https://kuwaitchamber.org.kw/echamber/website/index.jsp?pageID=ws_cmsmenu.jsp&fromPublic=yes&language=en&rootMenu=105&menuID=105

Duty & Taxes

Imports to Kuwait incur only duty charges; the country does not have VAT or excise taxes.

Duty is calculated using the CIF Value of a shipment, i.e the sum of the customs value plus insurance amount plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

If you were to calculate the CIF value of a parcel you sent to Kuwait from Canada, you would have an idea of the duty owed by the recipient.


Thresholds

The threshold level for duty charges, i.e. the de minimis value is 100 KD (about $400 CAD). Imports below this value will not incur duty providing the import is for the personal use of the recipient. Also, the amount in the shipment must be in a non-commercial quantity.

Also, the goods cannot be imported:

  • Under the name of a training company, or on its behalf; or
  • On behalf of any company regardless of its legal entity
Currency Kuwaiti Dinars (KD)
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) 100 KD (about $400 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT/GST) No VAT or GST in Kuwait
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
N/A
Tax Calculation Method N/A

Duties on Imports


  • Candy5%
  • Chocolate5%
  • Spirits and Wines5%
  • Tobacco100%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles5%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras5%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats5%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics5%
  • Jewellery5%
  • Shirts & Pants5%
  • Home Appliances5%
  • Toys5%
  • Sports Equipment5%

Sources:
https://www.pwc.com/m1/en/services/tax/me-tax-legal-news/2020/gcc-indirect-tax-newsletter-july-2020.html
https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/w-012-8167?transitionType=Default&contextData=(sc.Default)&firstPage=true
https://assets.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/kw/pdf/insights/2020/01/doing-business-in-kuwait-web.pdf
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/kuwait/corporate/other-taxes
https://santandertrade.com/en/portal/international-shipments/kuwait/customs-and-transportation
https://www.macmap.org/
https://www.customs.gov.kw/HSCode/HsCode

Kuwait Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Televisions
  • Jewellery in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Kuwait



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