Bahrain is an attractive location for many who are looking to move overseas. The country has a luxurious and opulent reputation and deservedly so with many modern, world class events like Formula 1. In addition to the very modern cultural attractions Bahrain is famed for its plethora of stunning Islamic artistic sites and iconic heritage landmarks. Then again, the infinite diversity of Bahrain offers its inhabitants a vast range of innovative restaurants, traditional and major chain stores, malls and beaches galore. In short you will never be short of places to explore, eye opening activities and indulgent opportunities to enjoy. This, coupled with a thriving economy and excellent job market makes Bahrain a haven for international removals
Shipping Services to Bahrain
At John Mason International we are removal experts, helping our customers navigate the regulations, processes and logistics of moving to Bahrain. There are number of options for shipping to Bahrain. Air and sea freight options are both available. Sea freight services have a longer transit time but are usually a lot more economical whereas air freight options are faster but may incur a higher cost.
Sea freight shipments are advised for large shipments and part or full house moves. Air freight is a much quicker service, it is usually appropriate for smaller consignments. During your pre-move survey or during your telephone survey, one of our dedicated International Removals Consultants can advise you on the best method of transit.
International Removals to Bahrain can be difficult as there are a multitude of customs formalities that effect you and whoever else is entering the country, your possessions and other factors. If you are shipping to Bahrain, your consignment will need to pass through an inspection upon arrival in the country. Our expert team a dedicated to offering well informed up-to-date advice to ensure that you do not encounter any unexpected difficulties and that your international removal is stress-free.
Duty is not charged for owned and used household and personal items if the client has a Residence Permit with some exceptions:
Dutiable items include:
- Musical instruments
- Food items
All new items that are shipped will incur duty.
It is a Bahrain Customs requirement that the client is present during customs clearance. In order to ensure that your international removal is not halted, delayed or refused we suggest you read Bahrain customs guidance and consult your removal specialist if you have any questions or require further clarity.
Sensitive cultural items such as books, DVDs and magazines are screened by the Ministry of Interior before entering the country although it is best to review the contents of any materials that may be deemed inappropriate and avoid their inclusion in your freight where possible.
Shipping a car to Bahrain
Motor vehicles can be shipped to Bahrain, 5% duty will be due (depending on the value of the vehicle, determined by Customs). Only left hand vehicles can be brought into the country.
As above, the client will be required to be at the customs clearance for the vehicle.
As is the case in many Arabic countries there are many items that are not allowed into the country or will require careful evaluation before your international removal begins. Items which are not allowed entry include: dangerous items, remote controlled items and gambling items. For a full list of prohibited items, contact us to request your Customs Guide to Bahrain.
Shipping Quotation for your move to Bahrain
Contact us to arrange a pre-move survey or to arrange a quotation for your shipment to Bahrain. Experienced International Team members are on hand to provide specialist shipping advice.
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Yes, you can ship your vehicle to the Middle East, but you will need to comply with certain requirements. Generally, you will need to provide proof of ownership, a valid driver’s license, and insurance documents. Some countries in the Middle East may also require additional documentation such as import permits or emissions certificates. Your Move Manager can provide more information on the specific requirements for your vehicle’s shipment. It’s important to note that shipping a vehicle can be a complex process and may require additional fees, so it’s best to discuss your options with your Move Manager.
Customs regulations can vary depending on the specific country in the Middle East that you are shipping to. Generally, you will need to provide a detailed inventory of your belongings, a commercial invoice, and a bill of lading or air waybill. Depending on the nature of your shipment, you may also need additional documentation such as permits or licenses. It’s important to work with a trusted and experienced international removals company like John Mason International to ensure that you comply with all relevant regulations.