Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods


Import Tariffs
Market Information

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.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Bahrain)

- Goods imported to the GCC region are granted duty-free entry upon presentation of a certificate issued by the first single–entry point proving payment of customs duties.
- Failure to prove payment of customs duties will result in this payment being collected at the final destination country.
- The customs declaration for statistical purposes shall be prepared manually or by computer, and shall be approved at the customs entry point and have the required local invoices detailing the correct value and origin of the goods attached to it.
- The importer must have the necessary endorsements from the customs service that justify the entry and exit of the goods on the basis of the statistical declaration.

For more information, visit Bahrain Customs Declaration Website.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Kingdom of Bahrain
Ministry of Interior
Customs Affairs
For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the website.

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Import Restrictions (Bahrain)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.

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
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Standards - Bahrain
Bahrain‘s Standards and Metrology Directorate - BSMD, within the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, is responsible, for issuing Bahrain‘s standards or preparing standards to meet national requirements.

Bahrain generally follows international or GCC standards. As part of the GCC Customs Union, the six Member States are working toward unifying their standards and conformity assessment systems. However, each member state currently continues to apply either its own standard or a GCC standard, causing confusion among some U.S. businesses.

In Bahrain, standards and technical regulations are adopted by Ministerial Orders and then published in the Official Gazette.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Bahrain Standards and Metrology Directorate - BSMD under
Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC).

GCC Standardization Organization

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.

U.S. companies can register for the Notify U.S. service to learn about and comment on proposed changes to foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures that may affect U.S. access to global markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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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

Export.Gov Middle East webpage

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.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

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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