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The State of Kuwait

Kuwait Fact File
Country name State of Kuwait
Population 2.5 million July 2007 estimate
Languages Arabic [official], English [Commercial]
Currency Kuwait Dinar [KD] = 1,000 fils
Official Religion Islam
Capital Kuwait City
Business Hours Government Offices & States Enterprises:
07:00 to 13:00 [Saturday to Wednesday]
Banks: 08:00 to 12:00 [Sunday to Thursday]
Hours are reduced during Ramadhan
Commercial Offices: 08:30 to 12:30 and 16:00 to 18:30
Hours also vary during Summer/Winter months
Embassy requirements and legalisation fees
All shipments to Kuwait must be covered by an Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin and along with an Invoice must be certified by the JA-ICC. and then our Chamber will legalise documents by the Kuwaiti Embassy in London. Please note that all shipments for Kuwait must be legalised.
Kuwait customs require a very detailed packing list for clearance purposes. Format available from our website jaicc.ie - no other format will be certified or legalised.
Health Certificates are required for foodstuffs - not necessarily to be certified or legalised.
A Halal Certificate must accompany meat & poultry shipments.
Certificates of Conformity and BSI standards are required for electrical goods and building materials.
Certificate of Origin [original or copy] 90.00
Invoice [original or copy] 60.00
Packing List [original or copy] 90.00
All other documents [original or copy] 34.00
All personal documentation e.g. Degree Certificates or Marriage Certificates must be stamped by the Department of Foreign Affairs before submitting for certification and/or legalisation.
Click here for Kuwaiti Packing List Format.
Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Commercial Area # 9, Al-Shuhadaa St. , Kuwait City
P.O.Box 775,
Safat 13008,
Tel.: (+965) 24 17 285 or 24 33 899
Fax: (+965) 24 04 110 or 24 33 858
Please note that Embassies rules and regulations can and do change overnight. We bear no responsibility for any such changes. Any changes that do take place will be passed directly to our customers.
We regret that we cannot under any circumstances, intercede or take responsibility for any transactions initiated directly between an exporter and an Embassy.
The Joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce [JA-ICC]: 60 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Tel: + 353 1 662 4451 / 662 1577Fax: + 353 1 662 47 29Email:
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