Kuwait - Country Commercial Guide
Customs Regulations

Includes customs regulations and contact information for this country's customs office.

Last published date: 2021-03-16


Kuwait implemented the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement (Article VII of the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade) on January 1, 2001. In compliance with Article VII, Kuwait has agreed to five methods for determining customs valuation. The first criterion is based on transaction value (the price actually paid or payable plus costs and expenses). For transaction value to be applied, the parties must be unrelated. If Kuwait Customs rejects this valuation method, other valuation means can be employed such as transaction value of identical or similar goods, valuation on FOB, or CIF values.

Customs Union

Kuwait allows entry of other GCC goods meeting the rule of origin criteria duty-free. To receive preferential duty status, 40% or more of the value-added of each product must originate in a GCC member country, with 51% of the producing firm’s capital owned by citizens of a GCC country.

In April 2018, Kuwait ratified the cWorld Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement which simplified customs and border procedures, improve transparency and access to information, and lower trade costs.

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The Government Printing Office (GPO) Export Administration Regulation website http://www.export.gov/regulation/index.asp, contains an up-to-date database of the entire Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including the Commerce Control List, the Commerce Country Chart, and a link to the Denied Persons List. EAR revisions are incorporated into this site within 48-72 hours and the EAR can be viewed, downloaded, and searched. This website also includes a table with all the Federal Register notices that revise the text of the EAR since its complete revision on March 25, 1996. In addition, users can subscribe to GPO’s paper version of the EAR from this website. Users can also e-mail the Regulatory Policy Division directly from this website, to get answers to general questions about the EAR. Users can also attach a properly formatted advisory opinion (See Section 748.3c for the proper format) and forward it to BIS by e-mail.

Customs Contact Information

General Administration of Customs

P.O. Box 16, Safat 13001 Kuwait

Tel: (965) 2484-3490

Fax: (965) 2483-8055

Email: q8customs@hotmail.com

Kuwait Customs-shipments arriving via air transport

Tel: (965) 2473-5993, Fax: (965) 2472-6683

Kuwait Customs-Statistics and Auditing Office

Tel: (965) 2484-3682 or 2484-0472, Fax: 2484-6531