This report provides information on export certificates required by the Government of Kuwait from food exporting countries.
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GAIN Report Number: Kuwait 01-2013
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards -
FAIRS Export Certificate Report
This report provides information on export certificates required by the Government of Kuwait from
food exporting countries.
Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) :
Products Title of Attestation Required Purpose Requesting
Certificate on Certificate Ministry
Dry pea, Animal & Plant This is to certify that the Pest and Kuwait
lentil, Health plant(s) product(s) insect free Municipality
Rice, seeds, Inspection described herein confirmation Health
fresh fruits & Service have been inspected Department,
vegetables, (APHIS) and/or tested according Public
live plants Phytosanitary to appropriate official Authority for
and cut Certificate procedures, are Agricultural
flowers, etc. considered to be free Affairs and
from quarantine pests, Fishery
and conform to
of the country of the
importing party including
those for regulated non-
All products Certificate The goods are of “xxx” Country of Customs
Of Origin origin origin Authorities
confirmation and Kuwait
All products Health The goods have been Health Health
Except meat Certificate Prepared and shipped Certificate Department of
And poultry under sanitary conditions Kuwait
and are Municipality
fit for human
Meat & Food Safety Animals were slaughtered Product Health
Poultry Inspection and processed in produced Department of
Products Service (FSIS) accordance to U.S. health under Kuwait
Health regulations hygienic Municipality
Meat & Halal Slaughter Animals were slaughtered Product Customs
Poultry and Certificate in produced Authority,
food products accordance to in Health
containing Islamic/Sharia laws & accordance Department
animal requirements with Sharia
other than confirmation
Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s)
ξ See Section I above.
ξ Heat-treated products must be accompanied by certificates stating that products were processed using this type of
technology. The same rule applies to irradiated food products and the accompanying certificate should mention the
amount of irradiation used.
ξ Some spices need to be accompanied by a “Certified Laboratory” certificate stating that the product is free from
Sudan 1 and 2 colors and Bara Red.
Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s)
ξ The Halal Slaughter certificate needs to be notarized by the Kuwait Embassy or Consulate (or any other Arab
Embassy or Consulate in the absence of the Kuwait Embassy or Consulate) in the United States. This is a
requirement by the Health Department of the Kuwait Municipality.
ξ Kuwait Customs requires that the invoice and the country of origin certificate by notarized by the Arab American
Chamber of Commerce.
ξ See Appendix for certificate samples.
Section IV. Government Certificate’s Legal Entry Requirements
Original certificates must accompany shipment at the time of entry. Importers may receive the documents through
Certificates are used for only the accompanying shipment since it carries the details of the shipments.
U.S. “State” issued export or health certificates are acceptable.
Modification to any certificate is not permitted once issued and shipped accompanying the product.
Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements
ξ Original invoice, bill of lading and packing list are required to accompany the above-referenced certificates to meet
documentation requirements of the Customs Authority for the release of the shipment.
Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate
The following are “samples” of certificates outlined in Section I and accepted by Kuwait officials. The standardized export
health certificates issued by FSIS and APHIS are not repeated here.
Note: At present Kuwait does not require a specific format for any certificate. Kuwait seeks only the information provided
therein with authentication by the Kuwait Embassy/Consulate