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US$ 82.50mn
FDI inflows from April 2000 to March 2021

US$ 12,243.68mn

Bilateral trade value in 2021-2022

Over one million
overseas Indians living in Kuwait

Oil reserve

Oil exports contribute to 92 percent of Kuwait's export revenues according to OPEC data.


High income. Net creditor status.

Enabling environment

Efficient government, diversified & sustainable economy, quality infrastructure, sustainable environment, excellent healthcare, cosmopolitan human capital, international status


Strategic location in the Middle East


Presence of the world's leading brands in automobiles, fashion, electronics, retail

India's Exports and Imports to Kuwait

Dated: 06/02/2023
Values in US $ Millions

Country / Region:  KUWAIT

S.No. \Year 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
1. EXPORT 1,365.66 1,333.92 1,286.56 1,054.20 1,241.93
2. %Growth -2.32 -3.55 -18.06 17.81
3. India’s Total Export 303,526.16 330,078.09 313,361.04 291,808.48 422,004.40
4. %Growth 8.75 -5.06 -6.88 44.62
5. %Share 0.45 0.40 0.41 0.36 0.29
6. IMPORT 7,165.69 7,430.82 9,573.80 5,214.15 11,001.76
7. %Growth 3.70 28.84 -45.54 111.00
8. India’s Total Import 465,580.99 514,078.42 474,709.28 394,435.88 613,052.05
9. %Growth 10.42 -7.66 -16.91 55.43
10. %Share 1.54 1.45 2.02 1.32 1.79
11. TOTAL TRADE 8,531.34 8,764.74 10,860.36 6,268.34 12,243.68
12. %Growth 2.74 23.91 -42.28 95.33
13. India’s Total Trade 769,107.15 844,156.51 788,070.32 686,244.36 1,035,056.45
14. %Growth 9.76 -6.64 -12.92 50.83
15. %Share 1.11 1.04 1.38 0.91 1.18
16. TRADE BALANCE -5,800.03 -6,096.90 -8,287.24 -4,159.95 -9,759.83
17. India’s Trade Balance -162,054.83 -184,000.33 -161,348.24 -102,627.40 -191,047.65

Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority

(+965) 2 2054050

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East, Shuhada Street, Al Hamra Real Estate Tower, Floor 44, s. B: 3690 Safat 13037

Embassy of India, Kuwait


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Diplomatic Enclave,
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Agricultural exports

    Mixtures of juices, unfermented & not cont. added spirit, whether or not co … (200990)


    Waters, incl. min. waters & aerated waters, cont. added sugar/oth. sweeteni … (220210)


    Carcasses/half-carcasses of bovine animals, fresh/chilled (020110)
    Cuts & edible offal of species Gallus domesticus, frozen (020714)
    Meat of bovine animals, frozen, boneless (020230)
    Meat of fowls of species Gallus domesticus, not cut in pieces, frozen (020712)


    Bread, pastry, cakes, biscuits & oth. bakers’ wares n.e.s. in Ch.19, whethe … (190590)
    Sweet biscuits (190531)


    Maize (corn), other than seed (100590)
    Semi-milled/wholly milled rice, whether or not polished/glazed (100630)


    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa (excl. of 1806.20-1806.32) (180690)


    Cheese (excl. of 0406.10-0406.40) (040690)
    Milk in powder/granules/oth. solid form, unsweetened, fat content by wt. >1 … (040221)
    Processed cheese, not grated/powdered (040630)


    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)
    Mixes & doughs for the preparation of bakers’ wares of 19.05 (190120)
    Preparations for infant use, put up for RS (190110)
    Prepared foods obt. by the swelling/roasting of cereals/cereal prods. (190410)
    Prepared/presvd. preps. of fowls of the genus Gallus domesticus (excl. homo … (160232)
    Prepared/presvd. preps. of swine (excl. of 1602.41, 1602.42 & homogenised p … (160249)
    Sauces & preps. therefor, n.e.s.; mixed condiments & mixed seasonings, n.e. … (210390)
    Whey & modified whey, whether or not concentrated/sweetened (040410)


    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)
    Preparations for infant use, put up for RS (190110)




    Crustacean; frozen, shrimps and prawns, excluding cold – water varieties, in shell or not, smoked, cooked or not before or during smoking; in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling water
    Fish preparations; tunas, skipjack and Atlantic bonito (Sarda spp.), prepared or preserved, whole or in pieces (but not minced)
    Fish; fresh or chilled, salmonidae, n.e.c., ecluding fillets, livers, roes and other fish meat
    Fish; fresh pr chilled, flat fish, n.e.c. , excluding fillets, livers, roes and other fish meat
    Fish; frozen excluding fillets, livers, roes and other fish meat

Employment Opportunities

*Information subject to changes amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor provides the work permit.

The number of Indian nationals stood at 1,029,861 in February 2019. The majority of them are employed in private sector followed by domestic sector while over 28,300 are employed in government sector. The Indian community constitutes the single largest expatriate population and is the community of first preference among expatriates for employment.

Applying for a Work Permit: https://www.e.gov.kw/sites/kgoenglish/Pages/Services/MOSAL/WorkPermit.aspx

More Info: Visa Application General Department of Residency

    Public and private infrastructure building, maintenance

    The construction sector in Kuwait is anticipated to record a CAGR of 6.8% over 2019-24. Construction of civic infrastructure and connectivity projects has largely been supported by foreign workers at different levels in Kuwait (Expatriates hold around 95% of the manufacturing and construction jobs). Construction and manufacturing sectors are forecasted to employ around 850,000 people by 2030

    Ministry of Public WorksGeneral Directorate of Residency Affairs

    Tax, accounting, banking, insurance, audit and other financial services

    Kuwait’s banking sector reported a more than 19% year-on-year increase in profits in 2018. Financial services in Kuwait are supported by foreign workers at different capacities.

    Ministry of FinanceGeneral Directorate of Residency Affairs

    Doctors, nurses, radiologists, lab technicians

    The healthcare industry in Kuwait is expected to grow 7.5% annually by 2020. Kuwait attracts large number of healthcare workers ranging from doctors to nurses and lab technicians.

    Ministry of HealthGeneral Directorate of Residency Affairs

    Culinary, server, personal care, hotel, tour and travel staffing

    Kuwait plans to invest US$1 billion to promote tourism and increase annual foreign tourist arrivals to 440,000 by 2024. The hospitality sector in Kuwait, ranging from hotels to tourism to personal care, employs foreign workers.

    Tourism in KuwaitGeneral Directorate of Residency Affairs

    Software, hardware, new technology in telecoms and communications

    Kuwait is focusing on ICT looks as an agent of non-oil income growth as part of a concerted effort to diversify the economy. The IT and ICT infrastructure in Kuwait has been set up and is supported by foreign workers.

    Ministry Of CommunicationsGeneral Directorate of Residency Affairs

    Automobile to food products production

    Kuwait Government is taking a host of initiatives to boost the manufacturing industry under the US$120-billion Kuwait Development Plan. The manufacturing industry in Kuwait, covering a range of products, draws foreign manpower.

    Ministry of Commerce and IndustryGeneral Directorate of Residency Affairs

    Upstream oil and gas sector staffing

    Oil contributes around 50% of Kuwait’s GDP, as well as up to 95% of the nation’s total exports. Kuwait’s oil and gas exploration sector is a major employer and strength for the economy.

    Ministry of OilGeneral Directorate of Residency Affairs

    Faculty positions up to university

    The education sector in Kuwait is expected to cross US$3 billion by 2022, as per Ken Research. The education sector in Kuwait, ranging from schools to universities draw foreign teaching staff from different disciplines.

    Ministry of EducationGeneral Directorate of Residency Affairs

    Reserve: 101,500 million barrels
    Production: 2,736.6 million barrels (1,000 barrels per day)
    Export: 2,050 million barrels (1,000 barrels per day)


    Production: 17,737.8 million cubic meters

    Reserve: 1,784 billion cubic meters (proven)


Priority Sectors

Here are the leading sectors of opportunities for foreign investors

Top Import/ Export Items

India's top import from Kuwait
  • Petroleum and its products
  • Organic chemicals
  • Plastics
  • fertilizers
  • aluminium scrap
  • Tankers
  • Wood pulp, paper pulp
India's top export to Kuwait
  • Food items
  • Textiles and garments
  • Electrical and engineering equipment
  • Pressure vessel reactors
  • Industrial valves
  • Machinery and mechanical appliances
  • Ceramic products
  • Automobiles and auto parts
  • Iron, steel and other metals

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