Regulations and customs in Bahrain
Under the U.S.-Bahrain FTA, bilateral trade in industrial and consumer products, with the exception of some agricultural items, may be conducted duty free. Goods manufactured outside the FTA region may be imported according to Bahrain’s tariff schedule listed below. Bahrain is party to the GCC Unified Customs Union agreement. The agreement eliminated tariffs for GCC member states on 426 items (primarily food and medical products), and lowered import duties to five percent on all other commodities except alcohol and tobacco which are assessed duties at 125 and 100 percent, respectively. The Customs authorities of the GCC countries finalized the Unified GCC Customs Tariff of 2017, which entered into force on January 1, 2017. In February 2017, the GCC states, including Bahrain, ratified the Unified Selective Tax Agreement for the GCC States. It imposes a tax on goods harmful to human health and the environment, as well as luxury goods. Tax rates are determined by the Committee for Financial and Economic Cooperation of the GCC States.
Free import by passengers of 18 years and over:
- 1. 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 250 grams of tobacco, in opened packets, if packaging contains a pictoral health warning;
- 2. 8oz. of perfume;
- 3. 1 liter bottle of alcoholic liquor and 6 cans of beer;
- 4. gifts up to a maximum of BHD 250.- (approx. USD 600.-) on items not subject to customs duty.