Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information
Labels stating country of origin must be shown on all imported goods in such a manner that cannot be removed or altered. Information appearing on the label must conform to the information listed in the shipping documentation (see above). If it is impossible to label a product, i.e., a piece of fruit, a label affixed to the package or container is sufficient. If the product contains components from more than one country, the percentage from each country to the overall finished product should be noted.
Chemicals: Chemicals imported into Kuwait must be labeled with the product name, application, active ingredients percentages of components and composition, United Nations’ CAS-NO, side effects, storage/handling/hazmat instructions, environmental and occupational safety health risk, poison control, and disposal instructions.
Pharmaceuticals: Pharmaceutical products must be labeled with the batch or lot number, production date, expiration date, content description, storage information, usage information, indications and contraindications for use, and reference to the pharmacopeia standards used.
Food Products: Labels must show product and brand name, origin of animal fats, batch number, ingredients in descending order of proportion, additives, net contents in metric units, date of production, date of expiration, name and address of manufacturer or packer, country of origin, storage/preparation/handling instructions, and nutritional information where applicable. U.S. nutrition labels will generally be accepted. All meat and poultry products labels must attest that the product has been slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law. The information must be in Arabic, but multi-lingual labels are acceptable.
The outside marking on each package or container should identify the name of the shipper, the name and address of the consignee, the weight of the package, the number of the package if shipped as a part of a bulk shipment, and the country of origin. If products are of U.S. origin, “Made in the U.S.A.” should be clearly marked on the package.