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Import/Export

United States to Bahrain

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Bahrain. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

All books are transferred to the Ministry of Information for inspection prior to release. Customs procedures may delay clearance by up to 2 days. Duty and tax on educational books is only 5 percent.
All shipments of discs are subject to censorship. They are sent to the Ministry of Information for inspection prior to release. Customs procedures may delay clearance by up to 4 days.
Shipments of medicine require permission from the Ministry of Health. Customs procedures may delay clearance by 3 to 4 days.
All shipments of films are subject to censorship. They are sent to the Ministry of Information for inspection prior to release. Customs procedures may delay clearance by up to 4 days.
Data shipments to Bahrain require an invoice with the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
Shipments of medicine require permission from the Ministry of Health. Customs procedures may delay clearance by 3 to 4 days.
The invoice must include a description of the part, the type of machine that will use the part, and a list of the part's components. A Certificate of Origin must accompany shipments of parts.
All shipments of tapes are subject to censorship. They are sent to the Ministry of Information for inspection prior to release. Customs procedures may delay clearance by up to 4 days.
Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.
Shipments of vitamins require permission from the Ministry of Health.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Bahrain.

UPS Bahrain does not have the Dangerous Goods license to handle Dangerous Goods shipments.

As per Bahrain Civil Aviation and Security, UPS Bahrain cannot handle any type of Dangerous Goods including Lithium Batteries.

The Ministry of Health in Bahrain is banning the importation of Electronic cigarettes & shishas as well as all their components.
Gambling devices are prohibited.
Goods originating in Israel are prohibited.
Hunting knives, switchblades, bayonets and all double edged blades are prohibited.
Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country or territory.

Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.

Military equipment is strictly prohibited except on rare occasions. A letter of authority from the military department is required for Customs clearance.
Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store or UPS Customer Center to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. or UPS Customer Center will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

  • An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation)
  • A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only
  • A photocopy of passport or ID card

Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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