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Customs Violations / Offences

Bahrain enforces the GCC Customs laws with regards to customs offences.

Pursuant to the Unified Customs Regulation “Law”, the rules for imposing fines and penalties for customs offences are as follows:

Article/Section Offence Penalty
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  1. The customs declaration (exportation, re-exportation) that could lead to benefiting from drawback or finalization of the temporary admission procedure for temporarily admitted goods without a legal ground.
  2. The unjustified increase/decrease of the goods compared to that stated in the manifest.
  3. The use of the materials subject to exemption or to reduced customs tariff for purposes other than those for which they have been imported or replacing, selling or disposing hem without the approval of the customs administration and the payment of the customs taxes “duties” imposed under Articles 99, 100 and 104 of the Customs Regulation “Law” and the provisions of these Rules.
  4. Disposing the goods on which the customs taxes “duties” have been suspended for purposes other than those for which they have been imported or replacing them without the approval of the customs administration and the payment of the customs taxes “duties”.
  5. Redemption of or the attempt to redeem the customs taxes "duties”.
Up to 2x the liable Customs Duty
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  1. improper customs declarations that may lead to evading any condition or restriction relating to import or export.
  2. improper customs declaration in respect to value, type, number, weight , measurement or origin that may lead to the loss of the customs taxes ‘duties’ through mis-declaration according to the provisions of Article (47) of the Regulation “Law”.
  3. Alteration of the routes specified in the transit declaration without the consent of the Administration according to the provisions of Article (710 of the regulation “Law”.
  4. The lack of the manifest of the goods or the availability of more than one manifest for the goods according to the provisions of Articles 30/ (a), 36 (a) and (38) of the Regulation “Law”.
  5. Submission of the required certificates for the discharge and settlement of the transit, temporary admission or re-export declarations in contravention to the conditions prescribed by the director general under the provisions of Article (68) of the regulation “Law”.
  6. Contravention of the rules and conditions prescribed by the director general for depositing the goods at the warehouses according to the provisions of Articles (74, 75) of the regulation “Law”.
  7. Anchorage of vessels, landing of aircrafts or stopping of other means of transport at places other than those prescribed by the Administration according to the provisions of Articles (20, 21, 22, 37) of the regulation” law”.
  8. Departure of vessels, aircrafts and other means of transport from the ports or the customs boundary without authorization by the customs administration according to the provisions of Article (41) of the regulation “Law”.
  9. Transfer of goods from one means of transport to another without the consent of the Administration according to the provisions of Articles (32, 45) of the Regulation “Law”.
  10. Unloading of goods from vessels and other means of transport or withdrawing the goods without authorization from the Customs Administration or in the absence of the customs officers or outside the office hours prescribed according to the provisions of Articles (32, 40, 45) of the regulation” Law”.
  11. Impeding the customs officers from carrying out their duties and exercising their right of inspection, auditing and reviewing according to the provisions of Section XIII of the Regulation “Law”. This fine shall be imposed on every individual involved in the offence.
  12. Not keeping records, documents and the like for the period prescribed in Articles (115, 127) of the Regulation “Law”.
  13. Breaking the sealing or removing the customs seals from goods.
Up to BHD 500 (or equivalent in other GCC currency)
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  1. Non-submission of the manifest or the other documents at importation or exportation as well as delaying the submission of the manifest or he other documents beyond the prescribed time according to the provisions of Articles (30, 36, 39, and 40) of the Regulation “Law”.
  2. Not having the manifest endorsed by the customs authorities at the port of shipping in the cases so requiring according to the provisions of Article (31) of the Regulation “Law”.
  3. Declaring several sealed packages combined in any way in the manifest or the like document as being a single package according to the provisions of Article (44) of the Regulation (Law) subject to the instructions given by the director general in respect of the containers, pallets and trailers.
  4. Neglecting to mention some necessary information in the manifest or the like document.
  5. The postal import of closed parcels or boxes not bearing the approved labels which is contrary to the provisions of the Arab and international postal agreements and the national legislations according to the provisions of Article (40) of the Regulation “Law”.
  6. Any other contravention to the provisions of the ministerial resolutions and the instructions issued under the Regulation “Law”.
Up to BHD 100 (or equivalent in other GCC currency)
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  1. For each day of delay for offences related to the delayed production of the transit goods or re-exportation to the customs office through which the goods will leave or to the customs office to which the goods are dispatched after expiry of the period prescribed in the customs declarations.
BHD 20 per day (maximum of 50% of the value of goods)
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  1. For each day of a public transport vehicle or taxis of another country enters and remains in the country
BHD 20 per day up to max of BHD 1000 (or equivalent in other GCC currency)
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  1. For each week of delay or a fraction of the week provided that the fine shall not exceed twenty percent (20%) of the value of the goods, for the offences of delaying re-exportation of the temporarily admitted goods beyond the period prescribed in the customs declarations.
BHD 100 per week(maximum of 20% of the value of goods)
(or equivalent in other GCC currency)
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  1. Tourist’s cars for each day of delay (remaining in the country) provided that the fine shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the price of the tourist car after expiry of the period prescribed in the temporary admission license
BHD 2 per day (maximum of 10% of the value of the vehicle)