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Customs Clearance of Goods

There are two types of containerized cargo, Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Full Container Load (LCL).

An FCL container will usually contain goods destined for one consignee, whereas a LCL container will is a container which contains goods for more than one consignee.

FCL containers are not usually unstuffed within the customs point. They will be scanned and if required a physical examination will be carried out within customs premises. Sealed containers which are to be examined outside of the customs point, will be x-ray scanned and unstuffed outside of the customs point under Bahrain Customs supervision.

LCL containers containing goods for local consumption are usually unstuffed at a designated customs location after being x-ray scanned or physically inspected (if required).




Documents required

 You are required to submit the Customs declaration and to present it together with the following documents for the importation of goods.

  1. Import Customs Declaration Form (CDF)
  2. Shipping Agent Delivery Order from Shipping Agent Line to Importer/Consignee (with valid CR)
  3. Three (3) copies of the Invoices (Original) from the Exporter addressed to the Importer
  4. Two (2) copies of the Packing List with detailed weights, packaging and goods classification for each individual item within the shipment
  5. A Certificate of Origin (Original) from relevant Chambers of Commerce of country of origin of goods
  6. A copy of the Insurance Policy
  7. Original Bill of Lading
  8. Import Permit/Approval from relevant authority for importation of restricted goods
  9. Bank Advice/Guarantee (if applicable)
  10. A statistical declaration if the final destination of the Goods is within the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries


Import Customs Clearance Procedure

After submitting your customs declaration using the Customs Clearing System (eCAS), the procedure for customs clearance will be as follows:

  1. Pay the duty and fees due at the cashier desk in the customs point where the Goods will be cleared
  2. Submit all the relevant documentation to the Customs Clearing Officer at the Customs Point
  3. Pay the relevant cargo handling fees and make an appointment for movement of the cargo at the Port Operator desk
  4. Port operator will move the container to the relevant inspection point
  5. Customs will risk assess the goods and inspection may be carried out accordingly
  6. Finally the goods will be cleared and allowed  to leave the customs point

All Arab origin products which are imported under the facilitation and trade exchange convention among Arab countries are reciprocally exempted from customs duties on producing a recognized certificate of origin. However, all types of tobacco, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages are excluded from such exemption.

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