Export Requirements for Kuwait
KU-25 (Jun 7, 2013)
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- Eligible Product
- Meat and meat products - beef, lamb, mutton, and goat. Effective May 29, 2013, the ban has been lifted on beef from cattle originating from Oklahoma or processed or prepared in Oklahoma.*
- All poultry and poultry products produced on or after January 10, 2012 are eligible for export to Kuwait. For production prior to January 10, 2012, only poultry products that have been cooked to 70° C are eligible.
- Ineligible Product
- Pork and pork products
Note: Shipments of pork and pork products for the U.S. military are eligible.
- Meat and Poultry
- Pork tissues or lard are not permitted in formulated products.
- Products containing textured vegetable products are permitted in formulated products.
- Storage temperature must be indicated in the refrigeration statement on the boxes to fully clarify the type of product being handled. (Example: "Keep Frozen - Store At Or Below __ degrees Centigrade; Keep Chilled (Or Refrigerated) - Store Between __degrees Centigrade and degrees Centigrade")
- Fresh/frozen and canned meat and poultry - The label of all meat and poultry products (raw and processed) must bear the following features:
- Country of origin.
- Statement that product has been slaughtered according to Islamic principles.
- Bilingual - English and Arabic
- The English section of the label should state the name of the product and the name and address of the manufacturer, producer, packer, distributor, exporter or importer. Product names may deviate from the U.S. standards if approved according to 9 CFR 317.7 or 381.128. For example, chicken from the U.S. is commonly labeled "American Chicken".
- Metric net weight is required. Lettering and numbers for unit metric weight must be in Arabic (NOTE: Gross weight is required for commercial invoices but is not required for product labels.)
- Production (slaughtered or freezing) and expiration dates must be on individually packaged product. Date format requirements for Kuwait must conform to the following: Day/Month/Year for products with a shelf life of three (3) months or less. For products with a shelf life of more than three (3) months, both the Day/Month/Year and Month/Year formats are acceptable (text is permitted only if the name of the month is written in full).
- The following methods of labeling are alternatives to the requirements for labeling precut and packaged fresh/frozen meat:
- Stickers may be used but must not obliterate label terminology and must be self-destructive on removal. Stick-on labels covering required label features are not permitted. No sticker carrying the production and/or expiration date is allowed on any product.
- Inserts may be used but must be accompanied by production and expiration dates. Inserts must be made of approved materials.
- Obtain FSIS Form 9060-5 - Meat and Poultry Certificate of Wholesomeness. All FSIS Form 9060-5 certificates must be dated and have the signature and title of an FSIS veterinarian.
The Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs may exempt shipments consigned to the U.S. military from local import regulations. Without this exemption, product will be subjected to inspection in accordance with local regulations. Each shipment consigned to the military should be accompanied by FSIS Form 9060-5 with a statement in the "Remarks" section that indicates: "Product for use by U.S. military."
- Product Requiring Special Handling Only - Kuwait requires that instructions for consumers concerning storage, preparation and other special handling requirements accompany all shipments.
Plants Eligible to Export
All Federally inspected meat or poultry plants are eligible to export to Kuwait.
Information Regarding Halal Certification
The following is presented as information for the exporter. FSIS is not responsible for certifying that products intended for export to Muslim countries meet appropriate requirements for religious slaughter. Procedures for export certification do not include agency oversight of the Halal process or review of the authenticity of the Halal certificate.
Islamic Slaughter Certification
The exporter must obtain a Certificate of Islamic Slaughter from a member of an Islamic Center or Islamic organization. A certificate of Islamic (Halal) Slaughter is a certificate issued by a member of a Muslim organization recognized by the importing country to provide this service; the certificate states that animals were slaughtered according to Muslim religious requirements. This certificate must accompany products labeled "Halal". The certificate must be endorsed by the Kuwait Embassy or Consulate (or any other Arab Embassy or Consulate in the absence of the Kuwait Embassy or Consulate).
Halal Certification is required for the following products:
- Fresh/frozen unprocessed meat and poultry products. Products bearing Halal label claims must be accompanied by an appropriate Halal certificate or a written assurance from the exporter that an appropriate Halal certificate will be supplied to accompany that shipment before it reaches its destination.
- Raw materials used in processed products with Halal label claims must be accompanied by an appropriate Halal certificate.
For assistance in locating the nearest Kuwait Consulate, contact:
The Embassy of the State of Kuwait
2940 Tilden Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
KU-25 (Jun 4, 2013)