Guide to Sending Parcels to Bahrain

Bahrain is an archipelago of 103 small islands - both natural and artificial - that collectively are barely bigger than Singapore. Nonetheless, Bahrain has held a strategic position in the Persian Gulf for millennia. They once harvested the world's prettiest pearls, but later segued to the lucrative oil and gas industry, and then were the first of the region to diversify their economy to include banking and tourism.

Bahrainis have become eager e-commerce consumers - the highest of the Gulf countries. Predictions are that e-commerce revenue will only increase: Bahrain's population is young, highly computer literate, and has a 99% internet penetration rate. And as English is widely spoken and used, there is no reason not to do business from Canada.

Information for this page was taken from Bahrain Customs Affairs and the Unified Guide for Customs Procedures of the Arab States of the Gulf.

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Jul 26, 2021
8:49 am
Isa Town, IT, BH
Delivered
Jul 25, 2021
7:18 am
Muharraq, MU, BH
In transit
Jul 24, 2021
9:03 pm
Riffa, RI, BH
International Clearance
Jul 24, 2021
8:14 am
Manama, MA, BH
In transit
Jul 24, 2021
12:17 am
Ottawa, OT, CA
In transit
Jul 23, 2021
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Bahrain before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Bahrain

Documents Only

When the following are shipped to Bahrain, they will be allowed entry as a document shipment:

  • Airline tickets
  • Annual reports
  • Brochures, catalogues, and price lists
  • Business cards
  • Cash letters
  • Charts and maps
  • Cheques
  • Computer print-outs
  • Credit cards
  • Diplomas
  • Drawings and graphs
  • Driver's licence
  • Gift cards
  • Invitations and greeting cards
  • Labels
  • Magazines, newspapers, and periodicals
  • Manuscripts
  • Negotiable bonds and drafts
  • Pamphlets and publications
  • Passports
  • Photographs
  • Proposals and bids
  • Seismic data
  • Specifications sheets
  • Traveller's cheques
  • Visa applications

The following items can only enter Bahrain if they follow the restriction listed:

Document Type Restriction
Advertising literature Only if it does NOT advertise cigarettes
Envelopes Must be blank
Event tickets (stage performances, concerts, and football/soccer matches) Only if they are NOT shipped from a printing company to an organiser or sales office of an event
Examination papers Maximum shipment weight of 50 kg
Forms Must be blank
Intercompany mail Must be for non-commercial purposes and the package must state 'Intercompany Mail'
Manuals Only if they are of a technical nature
Newsletters Only if they are for company use

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to Bahamas

Shipping Gifts

A gift shipment to Bahrain from Canada will be exempt from duty and VAT if:

  • Its value is 50 BHD or less (about $160 CAD)
  • It has been sent freely without any exchange of money; AND
  • In a calendar year, the recipient has received a total market value of gifts of BHD 1,000 or less (about $3250 CAD)

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

The shipment of a gift to an individual in Bahrain from an individual in Canada will not incur duty and VAT. The conditions of this shipment include:

  • The gift is free, i.e. supplied without payment or request
  • Has a value of 50 BHD or less (about $160 CAD)

NOTE:
The exemption only applies if in a calendar year, the recipient has received less than a total of BHD 1,000 (about $3250 CAD) in gifts

Shipments from Business-to-Business

A gift shipped from a business in Canada to a business in Bahrain is ineligible for a duty and tax exemptions. All shipments of this type, therefore, will be charged VAT and duty no matter of their value.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

The shipment of a gift from a business in Canada to an individual in Bahrain will incur duty and VAT charges regardless of its value.

Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
1411 Rd 4626
Manama
Bahrain

Phone: +973 1753 6270
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If there are multiple gifts in one shipment, it may incur duty and taxes. Therefore, be sure to wrap and tag each gift separately to avoid charges.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
1411 Rd 4626
Manama
Bahrain

Phone: +973 1753 6270
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/nbrproduserdata/media/qyWGr0DdJunvVN3ExMmlsnaFyU2WOtOlCMcCHd6U.pdf


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Bahrain

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects may enter Bahrain from Canada exempt from customs duties providing:

  • The shipper is the owner of the goods
  • All the goods are used, and in an amount suitable for the household
  • The owner is moving to Bahrain for a period of at least 1 year
  • The shipment arrives within 6 months of the owner of the goods

NOTE:
The duty exemption does not apply to tobacco products.

Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information at this time regarding students moving temporarily to Bahrain for the purposes of them studying there.

Non-Students

There is no information at this time regarding non-students moving temporarily to Bahrain, and shipping their personal effects.

Moving Permanently

For returning Bahraini citizens and foreign nationals coming to live permanently in Bahrain, personal effects may enter the country exempt from duties as long as they do not include tobacco products.


The following conditions are also required for a duty-free exemption:

  • The goods are personal and for the use of the household
  • The amount of goods are in line with the size of the family, i.e. they are in a non-commercial quantity
  • The term of residence in Bahrain is for a minimum of 1 year
  • The goods arrive in Bahrain within 6 months of its owner(s)

Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • For those moving to Bahrain to work, evidence of a work or residence permit

Sources:
https://www.gcc-sg.org/en-us/CognitiveSources/DigitalLibrary/Lists/DigitalLibrary/Customs/1435652105.pdf
https://www.bahraincustoms.gov.bh/ar/special-instructions-relocating-bahrain

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
1411 Rd 4626
Manama
Bahrain

Phone: +973 1753 6270
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Bahrain

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Food may be shipped to Bahrain from Canada as long as they have been commercially prepared and are in unopened packages.

You May Ship

  • Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Foodstuffs in unopened, commercially prepared packages

Do Not Ship

  • Perishable goods

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
Rates and Duties of Frequently Imported Items

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
1411 Rd 4626
Manama
Bahrain

Phone: +973 1753 6270
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Bahrain

Samples

Commercial samples are shipped to solicit sales and promote products.

Samples may be shipped to a recipient in Bahrain from Canada exempt from duty and VAT providing:

  • The shipment has a value of 50 BHD or less (about $160 CAD)
  • The total value of all samples shipped in a calendar year is no more than 1,000 BHD (about $3250 CAD)

Samples of foods and beverages given away at exhibitions and displays may enter Bahrain exempt from duty and taxes if:

  • They are supplied at no charge to the recipient
  • They are clearly advertising samples and are of no commercial value
  • They are consumed at the event
  • The amount shipped is suitable for the size of the event

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
https://icdt-oic.org/RS_67/Doc/Biz_Guide_BH.pdf
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/nbrproduserdata/media/qyWGr0DdJunvVN3ExMmlsnaFyU2WOtOlCMcCHd6U.pdf
http://www.wcoomd.org/en/about-us/legal-instruments/~/media/2D53E23AA1A64EF68B9AC708C6281DC8.ashx

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
1411 Rd 4626
Manama
Bahrain

Phone: +973 1753 6270
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Bahrain

Advertising Material

Advertising material may be shipped to Bahrain exempt from duty and taxes as a temporary import if it is to be displayed at events like:

  • Trade shows
  • Fairs
  • Exhibitions
  • Meetings
  • Symposia

Printed advertising materials may also enter Bahrain duty and tax free if they are distributed at no charge, they are of low value, and imported in suitable quantities.


Acceptable examples of print advertising include:

  • Catalogues and price lists
  • Calendars
  • Unframed photographs
  • Posters
  • Notices for a trade

Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • An ATA Carnet if applicable

Sources:
https://bahrainchamber.bh/en/content/ata-carnet-home
http://www.wcoomd.org/en/about-us/legal-instruments/~/media/2D53E23AA1A64EF68B9AC708C6281DC8.ashx
https://iccwbo.org/media-wall/news-speeches/bahrain-prepares-to-implement-ata-carnet-system/


Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
1411 Rd 4626
Manama
Bahrain

Phone: +973 1753 6270
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in Bahrain

Repairs

Equipment for repair may be shipped to Bahrain exempt from duty and taxes providing it has entered as a temporary admission.

The period of temporary admission is 180 days though it may be extended to a maximum of 365 days.

Items Under Warranty

Equipment shipped from Bahrain and repaired in Canada under warranty will be exempt from GST.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Equipment from Bahrain that is no longer under warranty and repaired in Canada will incur GST on the value of the repair as well as on any parts required for the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Bahrain

Equipment sent to Bahrain from Canada for service and repair may enter the country as a temporary admission. This will exempt duty and tax fees from being charged for the repair work.

Temporary admission is allowed for 180 days; however, it may be extended up to 365 days.

Returning Repaired Product to Bahrain

Equipment sent to Canada for repair will be exempt from GST if the repairs were done under warranty; however, if there was no warranty, then GST will be charged.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Bahrain or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.bh/index.php/en/temporary-import
https://www.gcc-sg.org/en-us/CognitiveSources/DigitalLibrary/Lists/DigitalLibrary/Customs/1435652105.pdf
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/nbrproduserdata/media/qyWGr0DdJunvVN3ExMmlsnaFyU2WOtOlCMcCHd6U.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
1411 Rd 4626
Manama
Bahrain

Phone: +973 1753 6270
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Bahrain

Temporary Imports

Goods shipped to Bahrain from Canada as temporary imports may enter exempt from duty and taxes for a period of up to 180 days. For certain circumstances, this time may be extended up to 365 days.


Typical goods shipped as temporary imports include:

  • Equipment for scientific tests or experiments
  • Equipment required for theatrical productions or concerts
  • Commercial samples destined for display at an exhibition

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Bahrain, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.


Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a commercial invoice. More details are shown in the table.

Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to choosing option 1 or 2, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e., they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than 1 year in Bahrain

NOTE:

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot clear goods of a temporary nature)

Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.bahraincustoms.gov.bh/en/temporary-import
https://iccwbo.org/media-wall/news-speeches/bahrain-prepares-to-implement-ata-carnet-system/
https://bahrainchamber.bh/en/content/ata-carnet-home

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
1411 Rd 4626
Manama
Bahrain

Phone: +973 1753 6270
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge



Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Bahrain

Permanent/Sold Goods

Goods sold and shipped to Bahrain will incur duties and taxes. However, occasional shipments to an individual Bahraini will be exempt from duty and tax if its value is less than BHD 100 (about $320 CAD) .

Occasional Shipper

Goods sold on an occasional basis to Bahraini citizens will only incur duties and taxes if the shipment's value is above 100 BHD (about $320 CAD).

Regular Shipper

Goods sold and shipped to Bahrain on a regular basis require the recipient to be registered with the Chamber of Commerce of Bahrain. Therefore, we recommend that you consult a licenced customs broker before shipping sold goods to Bahrain.

Sources:
https://www.gcc-sg.org/en-us/CognitiveSources/DigitalLibrary/Lists/DigitalLibrary/Customs/1435652105.pdf
https://icdt-oic.org/RS_67/Doc/Biz_Guide_BH.pdf
https://www.customs.gov.bh/index.php/en/faq

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
1411 Rd 4626
Manama
Bahrain

Phone: +973 1753 6270
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 23 Jul 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Bahrain. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Bahrain, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See Temporary import section
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Goods that are prohibited will not be allowed entry into Bahrain. Restricted goods may enter Bahrain but will have to abide by quantity limits or other constraints.

Prohibited Items

  • Asbestos and goods containing asbestos
  • Drones
  • Farmed pearls
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Ivory and items made from ivory
  • Toy guns
  • Weapons
  • Material offensive to religious and public morals

Restricted Items

  • Medical devices,
    e.g. glucose monitor,
    blood pressure monitor,
    contact lenses
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Seeds and flowers
  • Radio receivers and transmitters

Sources:
https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/WT/TPR/S294R1.pdf&Open=True
https://www.customs.gov.bh/en/prohibited-and-declared
https://www.nhra.bh/Departments/MDR/Importation/MediaHandler/GenericHandler/documents/departments/MDR/guidelines/MDR_Guideline_Personal%20Medical%20Device%20Importation_1.0_2018.pdf
https://www.canadapost-postescanada.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGIntDestDetails-e.asp?table=tblCountry&txtLetter=BH

Duty & Taxes

Duties and taxes on shipped goods to Bahrain are calculated on the CIF value of the shipment. The CIF value is the sum of the customs value plus insurance costs and freight charges.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

By calculating the CIF value of your shipment, you will be able to predict the duty and taxes owed by the recipient.


Thresholds

TBahrain has a threshold, or de minimis value, on shipments of 300 BHD or less (about $960 CAD). This means that for parcels for personal use, no duty or VAT is incurred below this value.


Currency Bahraini Dinar BHD
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) BHD 300 (about $960 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 5%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
BHD 300 (about $960 CAD)
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports


  • Candy5%
  • Chocolate5%
  • Spirits and Wines125%
  • Tobacco100%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles5%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras5%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats5%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics5%
  • Jewellery5%
  • Shirts & Pants5%
  • Home Appliances5% - 35%
  • Toys5%
  • Sports Equipment5%

*For cigars, cheroots, and cigarillos: minimum charge of BHD 30/ kg (about $95 CAD/ kg)

*For cigarettes: minimum charge of BHD 20/ 1000 cigarettes (about $65 CAD/ 1000 cigarettes)

Sources:
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/nbrproduserdata/media/pK38iVHnmcUhP2Aed7eGahmswk9xtVhwcBz48Y9H.pdf
https://www.customs.gov.bh/index.php/en/faq
https://www.macmap.org/
https://www.macmap.org/en//query/results?reporter=048&partner=124&product=240210&level=6
https://www.macmap.org/en//query/results?reporter=048&partner=124&product=240220&level=6
https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/WT/TPR/S294R1.pdf&Open=True
https://icdt-oic.org/RS_67/Doc/Biz_Guide_BH.pdf

Bahrain Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewellery in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Bahrain



Can I ship to Bahrain?

Shipping to Bahrain from Canada can take between 3-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 1-2 months to complete the delivery.

Find out how fast the Secureship trusted carriers can get your shipment delivered to Bahrain by getting a quote now.


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