1. Documentation Requirements for Import Clearance (General Cargo)

  1. ORIGINAL commercial invoice (Three sets) with company stamp and signature (Photocopy or email copy will not be accepted by Custom Dep't).
  2. ORIGINAL packing list (Three sets) with shipment full details i.e. number of packages, gross wt., name of manufacturer, HS Code (Harmonized System Code), commodity, origin of goods etc. with company stamp and signature.
    1. All shipment details on Invoice and Packing list should be same with number of package, weight and volume.
  3. All shipment details on Invoice and Packing list should be same with number of package, weight and volume.
  4. In case goods are made in different origins, all origins to be declared along with value of goods, quantity, unit price and total price should also be declared on supplier Packing List/Invoice.
  5. If shipment from USA origin and goods manufactured in USA on each item must be mentioned MADE IN USA along with Certificate of Origin, Invoice, Packing list should be sent with consignment otherwise custom duty will be charged by Custom Authority.
  6. Bahrain Trade License/Chamber of Commerce Registration Copy
  7. Insurance certificate (if the terms are CIF)
  8. Health Certif. (Food item)
  9. Halal Certif. (Meat Item etc.)
  10. Arabic / English labeling. Expire and production date.
  11. Meat approval from ministry at Bahrain before the cargo arrival.
  12. For any Electrical item / Chemical / Medical needs approval from official Ministry before import into Bahrain.
  13. For temporary import, the above documentation along with Covering letter address to Director of customs, Bahrain
  14. Import Permit/Approval from relevant authority for importation of restricted goods.
2. Types of Import customs clearance formalities

A. Duty Paid import (general cargo)
  1. Original commercial invoices (Ref. No 1.1 above )
  2. Packing List (Ref. No 1.2 )
  3. Bill of loading / Air way bill.
  4. Certificate of origin (Ref. No 1.3 )
B. Duty free (Manufacture )
  1. Original commercial invoices
  2. Original packing list
  3. Air way bill / Bill of loading
  4. Manufacture duty stamp
C. Import from GCC
  1. Original commercial invoices
  2. Original packing list
  3. Air way bill / Bill of loading
  4. GCC statistical export bill of entry ( Makasaa)
D. Movement of Goods within GCC
  • For goods which will be moved between GCC states, there are two types of movement which may occur to the consignment:
  • If the source of the goods is the first entry point:

  • The Complete consignment (Whole Lot Dispatches)
  • These are goods imported as a whole consignment/lot from outside the GCC countries where the relevant customs procedures have been completed at the first entry point, provided that they are sent as a complete consignment to the final destination.
    1. The customs formalities must be completed in full (customs declaration, inspection, payment of customs duties) for the goods imported to the GCC countries at the first customs entry point.
    2. The goods will be transferred as a whole lot from the first entry point to the final destination directly or through a member country or countries after being sealed, along with a copy of the manifest showing the value of the goods and the payable customs duties for the account of the final destination country.
  • Segregated Dispatches

  • These are goods imported as a whole lot from outside the GCC countries where the relevant customs formalities are completed at the first gateway, but are deconsolidated into segregated dispatches to the destination countries under a statistical declaration for each part of the dispatch.
    1. If the goods to be moved within the GCC countries have been already processed at the first entry gateway and the importer wishes to take a part thereof to GCC or other countries before leaving the customs department to the final destination, such movement will be performed under a statistical declaration agreed within the GCC countries and a copy of the original manifest after completing the customs formalities.

    Procedures for Movement of Commodities within the GCC Countries:
    1. National Products:
    1. All GCC products are duty-free.
    2. Also exempted from customs duties are the products of the Arab countries which have signed bilateral agreements with Bahrain, under the terms and conditions agreed. Such Arab countries include Jordan, Syria and Tunisia.
    3. The products of national origin may be moved from the country of origin to the final destination by providing local invoices of the products on a Customs Statistical Declaration.

    2. Foreign Products:
    1. Goods imported into the GCC countries and the importers of which have evidence (manifest) that the duties thereon have been paid at the first entry after the formation of the Customs Union; the duties collected at the first entry will be sufficient.
    2. Products imported into the GCC countries where there is no evidence that the duties thereon have been paid; Customs duties will be collected at the entry of the country of final destination.
    3. The customs statistical declaration should be prepared by hand or computer by the goods owner or his representative and approved by exit customs. The local invoices which indicate the actual value and origin will be enclosed along with the customs declaration.
    4. The importer concerned must ensure that the customs officer has indicated approval of entry/exit of the goods on the statistical declaration.
    D. Import for official offices / Governments.
    1. Original commercial invoices
    2. Original packing list
    3. Air way bill / Bill of loading
    4. Letter from official governments offices which is cargo belong to.
    E. Temporary import/ Repair and Return cargo
    1. Original commercial invoices
    2. Original packing list
    3. Air way bill / Bill of loading
    4. Letter to customs official requesting for temporary import and export request.
    5. 1) period of the project
      2) Descreiption of the project
      3) approval from other official offices like Environments / Gust Gard / customs / ministry of interior / port authority / TRA etc.
    Temporary Import

    Goods may be imported through a Custom point into Bahrain on a temporary basis for the purpose of either taking part in an exhibition, or for repairs and maintenance of equipment and machinery.
    In such cases,
    1. Certain goods, such as equipment and machinery, are allowed into Bahrain on a temporary basis against a bank guarantee or cash deposit which is refunded on exporting the goods.
    2. Customs provides ongoing services for exhibitors at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre. Customs services are available round the clock during exhibitions. Exhibition items are delivered as soon as possible and with minimum formalities and documentation.

    The Kingdom of Bahrain is a signatory to the World Customs Organization's Customs Convention concerning facilities for the importation of goods for display at exhibitions, signed in Brussels in 1961.
    Re-Import of Goods Temporarily Exported
    1. The relevant customs declarations have been submitted with Customs for the export and re-import of the goods
    2. The goods are identified to the satisfaction of Customs at the time of export and re-import
    3. In the case of Trade samples, these must have been exported for the sole purpose of soliciting trade
    4. The goods are to be re-imported within 3 months from the exportation date, or any such further period as allowed by customs.
    5. In the case of repairs, duty will be exempted only to the remaining original parts of the goods. The importer will have to obtain from the repairer a certificate confirming whether new parts have or have not been added, in addition to an invoice for the cost of repairs, and the price of new parts, if any.

    The above conditions must be satisfied before any duty exemption given for the re-imported goods. If the above conditions are not satisfied, customs duty is payable for the items.
    Terms & Conditions:
    1. Rates quoted above are for general cargoes
    2. Payment term – All charges should be settled in advance Or if you have a credit account, the charges will be debited to your account.
    3. The carrier does not guarantee transit time and MFS will not be responsible for any delays and/or penalties associated with late arrival of cargo.
    4. Our offer excludes any marine insurance, which can be arranged on specific request.
    5. Claims if any will be limited to and are governed by the Terms of Bill of Lading
    6. Any other unavoidable miscellaneous receipted charges like customs inspection & its related charges, truck detention, etc. will be charged at actual with original receipt.
    7. Any damage to the container(s) noticed after un-loading of cargo, the repair charges will be billed to consignee or shipper accordingly
    8. All contracts are performed with in accordance with the standard trading terms and conditions of MFS WLL (copy available on request) limiting our role and liability as an intermediary".
    9. We trust you find our rates competitive and look forward to your support. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you require any further assistance / clarification.

    Thanking you and assuring you of our best services at all times.
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