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Bahrain Embassy-Washington, D.C.
3502 International Drive NW
Washington, D.C. 20008 USA
Carnets are accepted for exhibitions and fairs and have to be re-exported within the six-month period following their importation. If you would want your goods to remain in Bahrain longer than the six-month period, you should obtain approval therefore (1) from the Customs office of import; (2) before the six-month period has expired. Failing such approval within the due period, duties, taxes and interests would become payable.
Bahrain does not allow partial or split shipments.
Customs office at Bahrain airport Saturday – Thursday: 7:00am – 7:00pm. Holders traveling by plane should plan accordingly.
For goods that are not re-exported, penalties may reach a maximum of three times the value of the goods.
All Carnet goods not being re-exported timely must advise the authorities in advance. Do note the Carnet number in the correspondence:
Ministry of Interior – Customs Affairs
P.O. Box: 15, Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: (+973)17359797 – Fax: (+973)1 7359748
Bahrain at a Glance
- Bahrain is currently United States’ 75th largest goods export partner with $1.2 billion in total exports during 2012
- The top export categories in 2012 were: Vehicles, Machinery, Electrical machinery and Aerospace.
- The U.S. has a goods trade surplus with Bahrain totaling $508 million in 2012.
- On January 11, 2006 the United States and Bahrain signed a free trade agreement (FTA) creating export opportunities for the U.S.
- From the first day of the agreement 100% of consumer and industrial products began to flow without tariff.
- The FTA has enhanced commercial relations with an economic leader in the Arabian Gulf; it has also promoted policy of economic reform and liberalization in the Middle East.
- U.S. suppliers are now price competitive in the region thanks to the FTA benefits.
- With the implementation of the ATA Carnet system goods would be able to travel duty and tax free into the region on a temporary basis.
- Bahrain is made up of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf.
- Most of the population leaves in or near Manama, the capital.
- Since the 1930s the oil industry has replaced pearl diving, making way for Bahrain to become the financial and communications hub it is today.