Shipping and Removals in Bahrain
Bahrain's sea trading history reaches back nearly 3,000 years, and it follows that expats shipping to Bahrain have plenty of service providers to choose from.
Bahrain's main port is Khalifa Bin Salman Port, a relatively new port which has replaced the archipelago's previous main port, Mina Sulman.
In addition to shipping by sea, expats also have the option of ship their possessions via air freight; this method is generally more expensive but considerably quicker.
Shipping can take between three and six weeks depending on the country from where items are being shipped. Often shipping companies will provide quotes for free, so expats should take the time to consult a number of different organisations to find out which can offer the best price and the best service.
Expats will also want to think carefully when deciding on the household goods they'd like to bring across. Shipping can quickly become expensive, and Bahrain has an assortment of furniture shops. Expats should also consider the fact that it's perfectly possible to find fully and stylishly furnished accommodation.
Customs clearance in Bahrain
Generally speaking, no customs duty is imposed on those bringing personal goods into Bahrain as long as they are in possession of a residence permit valid for at least two years.
Expats who do prefer to ship goods should be aware of customs prohibitions and restrictions. Forbidden items include firearms, items produced in Israel, pornographic material, drugs, ivory and cultured pearls.
Shipping pets to Bahrain
Those expats who wish to bring their furry friends across the border to Bahrain will need to apply for an import permit from the Veterinary Quarantine Authority. Pets must be microchipped and must have a recent health certificate from a licensed vet.
Dogs and cats must have proof of the required vaccinations. Depending on the incidence of rabies in the pet's country of origin, they may also need to be tested and certified as free of rabies. Expats shipping pets to Bahrain from the US or Canada will need to put their animals in quarantine for 30 days upon arrival.
If the correct documentation is not presented upon arrival, there is also a chance that pets will need to go into quarantine or that they will even be returned to the country of origin.