Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications
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The State of Kuwait has announced changes to the clearance requirements of import shipments clearing through their Sulaibiya Gateway. Effective immediately, shippers in countries of origin should meet the following requirements in order to facilitate a smooth and fast clearance at the Sulaibiya gateway:
- Include an 8+ digit Harmonized System (HS) code for each item listed on the commercial invoice to avoid any penalties that the Customs Authority may impose against any discrepancy in the HS code;
- Include a detailed description of the item to match each HS code; and
- Include an Arabic translated invoice stamped by the customer.
If you would like to opt for clearance at the Airport Cargo Terminal, you may do so under the current normal clearance procedures, without the above listed conditions being applicable, by sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you ship to Saudi Arabia, please note that from September 30, 2019, you will need to use the correct postal codes and postal code formats when you ship to Saudi Arabia using your FedEx automation solution.
From the effective date without correct postal code information you will no longer be able to generate a shipping label using your FedEx automation solution.
This change will help to prevent lost or abandoned shipments, enhancing our customer service, as well as satisfying regulatory compliance requirements.
Do you use the address book feature?
If you frequently use the address book feature or other recipient address source, please update any entries for Saudi Arabia and save the correct postal code and format by September 29, 2019. We recommend updating your recipient delivery address information now to prevent issues with shipping label generation.
The following table shows the postal format for this country.
Postal Format Effective September 30, 2019
|Middle East||NNNNN (5 digits)
To learn more
Please contact your local Customer Services team.
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Recipients can benefit from the possibility to receive their shipments when and where they want them delivered. Recipients in Kuwait will receive a notification by email informing them that their package has been picked up by FedEx, they can either wait for their delivery as planned, or can change their delivery information in a few simple steps via our secure website.
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Effective February 6, 2017, the fuel surcharge percentage for FedEx Express shipments is subject to weekly adjustment. The fuel surcharge is based on a weekly fuel price from two weeks prior to the week in which it is assessed.
The Bahrain Postal Regulatory Authority has imposed a new fee on outbound shipments from the country. Effective January 1, 2017, an additional fee of 10% will be applicable on all outbound shipments weighing less than or equal to 30 kilograms, irrespective of their nature (documents and non-documents). Please note that FedEx will include this fee in your invoices as ‘Courier Surcharge’ and bill it to your FedEx shipping account.
For more information, please feel free to contact your FedEx sales representative.
In compliance with the new U.S. Executive Order and with immediate effect, all inbound and outbound services to and from Syria are suspended until further notice.
FedEx Express is making the following changes to our Dangerous Goods (DG) shipping policy. This independent initiative anticipates prospective regulatory changes in response to growing concerns about the safe handling of bulk or standalone shipments of lithium batteries.
As of January 1st, 2017 FedEx Express customers sending bulk shipments of lithium batteries (United Nations (UN) number 3090 & United Nations (UN) number 3480) can only do so by treating all such shipments as fully regulated Dangerous Goods (DG) commodities.
Although this will not apply to individual lithium batteries packed with or contained in equipment (Section II UN 3091 & UN 3481), after January 1st, 2017, the United Nations (UN) number must be added to the IATA Lithium Battery Mark. If any further changes are required, we will notify you in advance.
IATA has reported that lithium batteries are now the preferred energy source for many consumer goods ranging from mobile phones to children's toys. Such batteries are however dangerous goods that can pose a safety risk if not prepared in accordance with transport regulations. Click here to read more from IATA.
Shipment monitoring from pick-up to delivery
This initiative will help us increase the visibility of lithium battery types throughout our network and ensure the integrity of such DG shipments until their final destinations.
How does this initiative change bulk lithium battery shipments?
With effect from January 1st, 2017, FedEx Express customers shipping UN 3090 & UN 3480 shipments must carry out the following steps:
- Add a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods which can only be completed by DG-trained personnel.
- Add Class 9 and Cargo Aircraft Only label
- Include the United Nations (UN) number on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Lithium Battery Mark
- Review all lithium battery shipment packing to ensure it meets IATA packing instructions UN 3480 - PI965 & UN 3090 - PI968
- Approve a Dangerous Goods Handling surcharge
Where can you find more information?
- Contact your FedEx Express Customer Services and ask for the Dangerous Goods Specialist
- As of October 12th, 2016 the new FedEx Express Lithium Battery Policy Change is included in IATA’s Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual available for purchase at iata.org This also carries information on lithium battery packing, marking, labelling & documentation
We will keep you fully informed with updates and further details as soon as they are available. In the meantime, if you have any urgent questions, please contact FedEx Express Customer Service and ask for the Dangerous Goods Specialist.
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