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

Bahrain

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 06/13/2011

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Pamela Kirkland 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 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.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees: Bahrain is essentially tax-free, but a few products are subject to tax.

For information on how to determine tariff rates, see the Export.gov webpage on Tariffs and Import Fees.

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Bahrain)

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 Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For more information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the Country Commercial Guides (CCG) in the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library (enter your country of interest in the "country" field, and enter "Country Commercial Guide (CCG)" in the "Report Type" field. Some market research reports are available only to U.S. companies and U.S. students/researchers that are registered with Export.gov.

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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).
BH-Bahrain
Email: bsmd@batelco.com.bh

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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Intellectual Property Rights - Bahrain
The main institutions responsible for intellectual property matters are the Industrial Property Directorate (IPD) of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), which includes the National Patent Office, the Trademark Office, and the Industrial Property Control Section; the Copyright Protection Office (CPO) within the Information Affairs Authority; and the Directorate General of Customs within the Ministry of Finance.

As part of the GCC Customs Union, the six Member States are working toward unifying their intellectual property regimes. In this respect, the GCC has recently approved a common trademark law. All six Member States are expected to adopt this law as national legislation in order to implement it.

An on-line patent, trademark, and design registration service is available on the Ministry of Industry and Commerce website.

In the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement, Bahrain commits to provide strong intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement. In order to implement its FTA obligations, Bahrain passed several key pieces of IPR legislation. These laws improve protection and enforcement in the areas of copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Implementing regulations supporting these laws have also been enacted. Bahrain has launched public awareness campaigns to equate IP piracy with theft.

For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights:

Export.gov --Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Abroad

StopFakes.gov


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Market Information - Bahrain

Export.Gov Middle East webpage

Government Procurement-- See Global Procurement Opportunities for U.S. exporters.

Government procurement regulations are available from the Tenders Board. All final awards are published in the Official Gazette, in the press, and on the Tenders Board website. The Tenders Board also publishes on-line, both in Arabic and English, the weekly list of tenders that have been opened, those that will be opened during the year, and the dates of each tender.

The U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement requires procuring entities in Bahrain to conduct procurements covered by the FTA in a fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory manner.

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 or contact an international office.

Other sources for market information and data:
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

Export.gov Trade Data & Analysis webpage

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions and
U.S. Department of State Country Background Notes

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-5078  |  Fax: (202) 482-2331
OTEXA@trade.gov