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Bahrain Joins ATA Carnet System June 1, 2014



Effective June 1, 2014

United States Council for International Business announced on May 1, 2014 that the Kingdom of Bahrain will join the ATA Carnet system and will begin accepting carnets effective June 1, 2014. Following the United Arab Emirates in 2011, the Kingdom of Bahrain is the second GCC Member State to join the ATA Carnet Chain. Bahrain is the 83rd country/territory to join the ATA Carnet system.

Bahrain (ISO code is BH) will accept ATA Carnets for the intended uses of:

  • Exhibitions and Fairs

Carnets issued prior to June 1st, without Bahrain on the country list, will be accepted in Bahrain after June 1st. Additional details of Bahrain's implementation of the ATA Carnet system will be posted as they are available.

ICC Press Release

The National Guaranteeing Association is Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Carnets ARE accepted for transit operations.
Carnets are NOT accepted for unaccompanied goods.
Carnets are NOT accepted for postal traffic.

Special Conditions apply:

Final Date of Re-exportation–Carnet entries may be restricted to six months.

Split/partial Shipments– Bahrain does not allow partial or split shipments.  Any shipment entering Bahrain must be re-exported in its entirety.

Customs office at Bahrain airport – The office will process Carnets from Saturday to Thursday, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. At present, it is not clear if air and sea cargo offices also follow these same hours.

Please contact a Carnet Specialist at the boomerang carnets® Carnet HelpLine® , (800) ATA-2900 / (800) 282-2900 or e-mail us. for additional information if you are planning to use a carnet for travel to Bahrain.