（2）摄影以及录音设备TV films and Radio recordings；
Amendment in Bahrain Customs Clearance Requirements in relation to Certificate Of Origin (COO) requirements;
Please be informed that Bahrain Customs Authorities have amended the customs rules related to Certificate of Origin (COO) requirements for imports to Bahrain.
With immediate effect, the following regulations apply:
The below items are exempt from needing a COO:
1. Parcels containing gifts, samples, or items for personal use, provided that the items cannot be used commercially, and that the value does not exceed BHD2000 (USD $ 5200).
2.TV films and Radio recordings
4.Newspapers & magazines
5.Items directly imported by Ministries, Ministerial administration, Ministerial Institutes and all their affiliated public establishments.
6.Personal Effects and used house hold items, which are imported by the citizens who were residing aboard and are returning home or expatriates, who are arriving to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the first time and are intending to reside in the Kingdom; provided that the imported goods are in compliance with the Bahraini Customs rules and regulations.
7- Accompanied passengers, personal effects provided that they cannot be used commercially and are in compliance with Bahraini Customs rules and regulations.
8- Commercial items with value less than BHD500 (USD $ 1300), provided that the country of origin and the name of the product are mentioned in the shipments documentation (i.e. invoice), and which also must be compliance with the proof of origin on the goods.
In all other cases a COO is required for Clearance.
The Customs Affairs have the right to clear the shipments without a COO, if the invoice is compliant with the above mentioned regulations and provided that the invoices are attested by the one of the following;
a.Bahraini Embassy / Consulate at the country of origin
b.Any Arab Diplomatic Corps at the country of origin if a Bahraini Embassy is not available), or
c.The Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain (NOTE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bahrain is permitted to review & attest the unaccepted COO for the cost of BHD10 (USD $26) and that should be done by the consignee and not DHL).
Additionally, the Customs affairs have the right to request the COO at any time, and for any shipment regardless of its content, value or origin, if deemed necessary in accordance with the agreements, rules and regulations of the Kingdom of Bahrain and / or the rules, regulations and decrees pertaining to the COO.
Finally for shipments that require COO and none is available at time of clearance, the importer will be required to pay a deposit of BHD50 (USD130) to enable customs clearance of the goods. The importer will be allowed 90 days (from the date of the Custom declaration) to submit the original COO, and claim the refund directly from Bahrain Customs, failing which the deposit will be forfeited.
Other imports Update:
Importing Cosmetics, Food Stuff & Vitamins;
Prior exporting above products, consignee should seek for (MOH) Ministry of Health pre approval avoiding clearance delays & delivery (Expected of 24 to 48 hours clearance delay – Formal Clearance)
Chemical substance & Inks;
Prior exporting above products, consignee should seek for (MOE) Ministry of Environment pre approval avoiding clearance delays & delivery (Expected of 24 to 48 hours clearance delay – Formal Clearance)
Gaskets, Rubber Seals, Tires & Automotive Batteries;
Prior exporting above products, consignee should seek for (COC) Chamber of Commerce pre approval avoiding clearance delays & delivery (Expected of 24 to 48 hours clearance delay – Formal Clearance)
Prior exporting above product, consignee should seek for (TRA) Telecommunication Regulatory Affairs pre approval to avoid delays in clearance & delivery (Expected of 24 to 72 hours clearance delay – Formal Clearance).
Educational Books (excluding personal use), CD & DVD’s;
Prior exporting above product, consignee should seek for (MOINF) Ministry of Information pre approval to avoid delays in clearance & delivery (Expected of 24 to 48 hours clearance delay – Formal Clearance).
Authorization letter is a must for all duty exemption clearance, if not consignee will end up self-clearance through 3rd party broker also consignee have to provide attested exemption documents prior shipment arrival.