Bahrain International Airport, with a new terminal and boasting more than 35 airlines, is considered a gateway to the region. Over 300 regional passenger flights and 60 cargo flights operate each week.
The major seaport of Mina Salman can accommodate vessels up to 65,000 tons, and has a container capacity of 150,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) per year. Although the port is adequate for current volumes of sea-borne freight, the Government is starting construction of a new superport at a cost of approximately USD 350 million. The new port is to have a capacity of 234,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year and will include 1,800 meters of quay with minimum 15 meters water depth designed for containers, general cargo, dry bulk and roll-on-roll-off (Ro-Ro) traffic.
Bahrain has a well developed road network. Well-lit, multi-lane highways cover the country. The 25-kilometer Bahrain-Saudi Causeway, which opened in November 1986, created many new commercial opportunities. A network of futuristic superhighways with a series of flyovers, eliminating bottlenecks from key routes, is also planned. Construction continues on a $530.9 million master plan to improve the road transportation network with new highways, bridges and overpasses. Most major roads are three to six lanes wide and are well maintained.
New warehouse complex opens at Mina Salman. It is located in a secure area adjacent to the country's primary container terminal and the new Hidd causeway. The complex is the largest and most sophisticated air-conditioned facility in the port area. Covering an area of 16,000 sq m - and with a total storage capacity of 12,000 pallets - the complex incorporates the latest technologies for racking, materials handling and security.
Goods imported may be stored in bonded areas with suspension of payment of customs duty. Bonded areas include private bonded warehouses subject to specific approval by the Directorate General of Customs in each case. Off- loaded goods can remain for up to six months, after which time the goods may be subject to disposal by sale or other methods. The Port Authority has storage space which can be used for duty- unpaid goods for an indefinite period at a charge of BD1 per metric ton per month. Bonded goods can be withdrawn for import after payment of customs duty or for re- export without payment of customs duty.