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Customs Procedure for Moving Household Goods in to Bahrain
Owner's presence at customs clearance is required. All shipments are 100% inspected. Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free but subject to the owner obtaining a Residence Permit for a two year minimum. If a two year permit is unobtainable, shipment can be cleared upon payment of a customs deposit.

Documents Required
Original Passport 
Employment Pass (Work Permit)
Residence Permit (valid for two years, endorsed on the Passport) 
Insurance Certificate 
Bank Guarantee 
Customs Bond 
Proof of Employment 
Inventory (a clear copy, detailed and in English) -- PBO "packed by member" not acceptable 
Certificate from Arab Chamber of Commerce at origin 

Duty is applicable 
Documents required:-Invoice, Original passport, Current Insurance Policy (for Bahrain), Residence Permit (valid for two years), Certificate of Registration and Title of ownership.

Prohibited Items
Narcotic drugs, Pornographic pictures, films, videos and literature, Pearls, explosives 
Weapons, firearms, and ammunition (including decorative or toy items of this nature), 
Products of Israeli origin or anything related to Israel is banned and liable for confiscation, Political and religious literature offensive to Islam and the Bahrain government is banned and liable for confiscation/prosecution, Wireless transmitters, communications equipment and satellite dish antennas.
All printed mater, films, books, pictures, records, tapes, slides, movies, videos, compact discs, computer software, etc. Subject to censorship and confiscation (must be packed separately for easy access). 
Violators subject to severe penalties , including possible jail term.
If a carton is suspected to contain prohibited items, the entire carton is kept in Customs for further scrutiny. Prohibited items will be confiscated, destroyed or shipped out at Customer's expense. 
Medicines require a check by the Ministry of Health.

Restricted Items
New items (purchase invoices required, are dutiable) 
Tobacco, alcoholic and perfume products are highly dutiable 
Personal computers and all musical instruments including pianos are dutiable 
Videocassettes are subject to a screening fee 
Cordless telephones are subject to inspection by the Ministry of Employer 
Foodstuff is subject to a Health Inspection and dutiable 
Live Animals and Plants
Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian at the place of origin abroad (This Certificate must be in English). Import License required 

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general guidance and all users are allowed to reproduce this information. cannot however take responsibility for any errors, additions, omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. As such it is advisable to contact the nearest customs office or the moving company you select for your move to Bahrain for full and current information prior to importation/relocation.