Kuwait Import Restrictions

In order to enter Kuwait, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Kuwait government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Kuwait, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Kuwait.

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Kuwait authorities before posting:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Anti-parasite products
  • Brushes
  • Colour cameras
  • Cologne and perfume
  • Communications equipment
  • Compact discs
  • Computer accessories/software
  • Cosmetics
  • Drugs: Prescription and non-prescription
  • Electrical machinery
  • Films
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Gaming machines, toys
  • Inorganic chemicals
  • Medical/dental supplies, supplies and equipment
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Printed books, newspapers and the like
  • Phones and modems
  • Plants and plant products
  • Radar equipment
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Televisions
  • Telephones, radio and fax machines
  • Vegetables
  • Weapons and parts of weapons.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Commercial jewellery

Senders must obtain the approval of the Kuwait Ministry of Commerce and Industry before sending, for resale or commercial purposes, jewels, precious stones or metals and associated equipment.

Special documentation

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.

Medicines

Medicines must include a prescription or a document indicating their composition.
Invoices

All goods exceeding 50 Kuwaiti Dinars must include an invoice and a Certificate of Origin.
All correspondence should be in the official language of the union (French) or in English.

Prohibitions

In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Kuwait prohibits:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Asbestos
  • Antiques
  • Animals
  • Articles of iron and steel
  • Bullion and currency
  • Cereals
  • Cheques, blanks
  • Cigarette advertising and materials with cigarette companies’ branding
  • Clothes resembling military uniforms
  • Contraceptives
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. materials
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Grain samples
  • Invoices, blank
  • Ivory
  • Imitation firearms/paraphernalia
  • Items used for black magic, voodoo etc
  • Jewellery
  • Oil products
  • Precious stones and metals
  • Perishables
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Pornography
  • Playing cards
  • Publications containing pro-Israelite, anti-Arab or anti-Islamic propaganda
  • Rubber and articles thereof
  • Religious publications/figures
  • Remote control vehicles
  • Tobacco
  • Toys, games and sports requisites
  • Weapons, and parts of.