Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
Last updated on 06/13/2011
If you have any questions about the following information, please contact an analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.
**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**
Import Tariffs - Bahrain
|On August 1, 2006, the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement was implemented. Under the agreement, U.S. exports of qualifying textiles and apparel goods to Bahrain receive duty free treatment. For fabric, apparel, and made-up goods made of cotton or man-made fiber that do not meet the rules of origin requirements, a trade preference level (TPL) of 65 million square meter equivalents (SME) annually for a duration of ten years will be implemented, in order to allow time for U.S. and Bahraini producers to develop and expand business contacts. For more information on the agreement, see the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement in the FTA section. |
Bahrain is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an economic and political policy-coordinating forum for the six member states Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Bahrain implemented a GCC unified customs tariff in January 2003 to facilitate regional trade. In accordance with the GCC Customs Union, Bahrain imposes a Zero to five-percent tariff on the cost, insurance, and freight (c.i.f.) invoice value of most imported products, including textile, apparel, footwear and travel goods products.
For more detailed tariff information, see the Tariff Finder on the Bahrain Customs website. See also the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website or the Unified Customs Tariffe for GCC States 2012 in the right hand column on the United Arab Emirates Customs Authority webstie.
To obtain information about tariffs on individual U.S.-origin products exported to FTA member countries, you may use the FTA Tariff Tool.
Additional Import Taxes and Fees: Bahrain is essentially tax-free, but a few products are subject to tax.
|If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.|
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Import Documentation/Procedures (Bahrain)
Import Restrictions (Bahrain)
|No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.|
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|U.S. Export Restrictions:|
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
Standards - Bahrain
Labeling - Bahrain
Labels of textile goods must include the country of origin, the composition, the care instructions, and the size. Stickers are not accepted. Arabic labels are required on all products sold in Bahrain.
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Market Information - Bahrain
No specific information is available.
|U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you. |
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For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.
Other sources for market information and data:
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions
U.S. Office of the Trade Representative
Local Industry and Trade Associations
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