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Moving to Kuwait – Customs Regulations Update

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Abels have been recently been advised by our agents that cover Kuwait, that there are new customs regulations for bringing House Hold Goods (HHGs) into Kuwait.

The changes apply to Non Diplomatic Shipments and for private individuals for their moves.

Non Diplomatic / Private moves bound for Kuwait have 1 x additional import customs paperwork requirement which consignee has to arrange prior to ETA of shipment. This is a Temporary Import License Copy, which has to put in place prior to the dispatch of the HHGs to Kuwait.

Below is the updated list of Import Customs Clearance documents which are required:

Import Documents required for Household goods

Passport copy – picture page (Air and sea frt)

Temporary Work Entry Visa copy (A4 Size Work/Entry Visa) duly stamped by the Kuwait Immigration upon arrival to Kuwait (Air and sea frt)

An authorization letter from your company (Kuwait) in Arabic addressed to customs stating that you are under their sponsorship and to name the agent who is responsible to customs clear and deliver the shipment. This letter has to be signed by the authorized signatory of the company and as well as stamped by the company (Must be on a company letter head). (Sea frt only)

Temporary import license copy – client has to visit the Ministries complex in Kuwait City and show the BL copy and his Kuwait visa or civil id copy to obtain this document (Sea frt only) –

Clients company Customs authorized signature (in Arabic Itmad Tokia) scanned copy is required for signature verification at customs (Sea frt only)

As per the new rule in the customs, the client has to apply/procure temporary Import License from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry – Location: , which has to be submitted along with the above documents for import approval. Client will need to visit this place along with the BL copy to show it as proof that he/she has a sea import coming into Kuwait (Sea frt only)

For customers moving to Kuwait, please call your Abels customer liaison on their direct line or call head office on +44(0)1842 816600 or email