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Many home delivery firms in Kuwait under threat of shut down

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MoI requirements remain unfulfilled

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 29: Many home delivery service companies are expected to close shop forty-eight hours before the new law becomes effective as of next Saturday, and the legitimate question is whether the sector companies have accomplished what the Ministry of Interior requested of them and their readiness to implement it, reports Al-Rai daily. It seems many delivery companies will not be able to abide by the requirements, as officials in companies in the sector, in addition to many entrepreneurs, especially restaurant owners, demand to extend the deadline granted to them in order to rectify the conditions of their companies, especially with regard to drivers who must have the health card.

In this regard, sources told Al-Rai that several requests were sent to the Ministry of Interior for a meeting to explain the companies’ conditions and the extent to which they were affected by the decision, without success.

For his part, the head of the Federation of Delivery Companies, Ibrahim Al-Tuwaijri, said that a large number of delivery companies will stop working due to the very slow completion of their transactions by Kuwait Municipality and Public Authority for Food and Nutrition officials, pointing out obtaining an employee’s health card takes between 3 weeks and approximately a month, which constitutes one of the main obstacles facing companies.

In a related context, sources expected the losses suffered by local restaurants will exceed 2.5 million dinars per week, equivalent to 10 million dinars per month, due to the decline in delivery requests calculated at half a million requests every 7 days, which means the loss of about 72 thousand requests per day, which constitutes about 25% of the total daily requests.

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