Required Trade Documents
The number of copies that should be submitted is determined by the needs of the
importer .The commercial invoice must be prepared on the letterhead of the actual seller
and must give an accurate and specific description of the goods, itemizing all expenses.
All invoices must be signed and must show the name of the steamer and its date of sailing.
The invoice should bear a statement that
the products being shipped are of the origin country and that they have been manufactured
in the origin country. If the products contain any foreign components, the country of
origin and the percentage of the foreign components must be indicated. The full name and
address of the manufacturer also must be included.
Before the invoice is presented to the
consulate of Bahrain in for legalization, it must be certified as to current export market
prices and country of origin by the appropriate chamber of commerce.
If the buyer insures the shipment, the
shipper must state on the commercial invoice that insurance is covered in Bahrain.
The general form sold by commercial printers is required .The number copies that
should be submitted is determined by the needs of the importer .The certificate of origin
must be certified by the appropriate chamber of commerce, and each copy must attached to a
Each certificate must show the name of the
vessel. The certificate must state that the products being shipped are of origin country
and that they have been manufactured in the origin country. A similar statements is
required for goods originating other countries .If the goods as described in the
certificate of origin are not exclusively products of their country of origin, a
declaration must be appended to the certification: The
undersigned,---------------------------, does hereby declare on behalf of the above-named
supplier/manufacturer that certain parts of components of the goods described in the
attached certificate of origin are the products of such country or countries, other than
the country named therein as specifically indicated herein , This statement should
be followed by a listing of each country of origin and the percentage of the foreign
The full name and address of the
manufacturer also must included, as well as a notarized statement by the shipper
certifying that the certificate is true and correct.
There are no regulation specifying the form or number of bills of lading required
for any particular shipment. A bill of lading customarily shows the name of the shipper,
the name and address of the consignee, port of destination, port of discharge, description
of goods, listing of the freight and other charges, the number of bills of lading in the
full set, and the date and the signature of the carriers official acknowledging
receipt on board of the goods for shipment .The information should correspond exactly with
that shown on the invoices and the packages.
Generally, freight charges must be prepaid,
particularly for C.I.F. shipments.
The air waybill replaces the bill of lading
on air cargo shipments.
A packing list is not required, but its use facilitates customs clearance when
used, it should describe the contents of each case or container accurately and in detail
giving the net and gross weights and the C.I.F. value.
The insurance certificate (issued by the insurance company when the exporter
insures the shipment) must state that the company is not included on the blacklist
established by the Arab league Boycott Office. Chamber of commerce certification is not
required .The certificate may be presented to the consulate for legalization, if requested
.The legalization copy is returned to the shipper.
When the buyer insures the shipment, the
shipper must state on the commercial invoice that the insurance is covered in Bahrain.
The steamship certificate, issued by the steamship company must state that the ship
is not Israeli vessel and that it is not scheduled to call at any Israeli Port during the
voyage. Chamber of commerce certification is not required. The certificate must be
presented to the consulate for legalization.
Shipments of meat, fish, and chicken (fresh, frozen, or chilled) are required by
the Public Health Department to be covered by a certificate from the country of origin
certifying that the commodities are fit for human consumption. (Reportedly, some officials
in Bahrain are requiring this certificate for additional products; exporters should
consult with their Bahraini customers for information on this requirement.)
One copy of a certificate issued by the appropriate government department is
required on all imports of livestock, pets, and plants and plant material proving that
they are free from pests and other agriculture diseases
The certificate will be returned to the
shipper after legalization by the consulate. Chamber of commerce certification is not
A certificate issued on the manufacturers or exporters own authority
and certifying that shipments of food and drink do not contain cyclamates must accompany
al such shipments
Exports of pharmaceuticals requires a free sale certificate stating that the
commodities in question are in free circulation in the country of export.
For imports, Bahraini Customs requires the following
A Delivery Order issued by the Shipper or the
A Supplier‘s commercial invoice in duplicate (in
Arabic or English);
A Packing List in duplicate;
A Certificate of Origin in Arabic or English
(produced by a Chamber of Commerce and endorsed by an Arab Embassy);
A copy of the Insurance Certificate, if applicable;
A Bill of Lading (four copies), including gross
weight and dimensions;
A bank payment voucher or bank receipt;
A statistical declaration if the final destination
for the goods is in one of the GCC states.
For food items, the Bahraini Customs Directorate
Handbook requires importers to present a manufacturer‘s certificate stating
that goods do not contain cyclamates.
Imported and exported goods are classified according to
the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), Revision 3.