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The Kingdom of Bahrain

Bahrain Fact File
Country name The Kingdom of Bahrain
Population 708,573 July 2007
Languages Arabic [official], English widely spoken
Currency Bahraini Dinar [BD] = 1000 fils
Official Religion Islam
Capital Manama
Business Hours Government Offices & States Enterprises:
07:00 to 14:15 [Saturday to Wednesday]
Banks: 07:30 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 18:00 [Saturday to Wednesday]
07:30 to 11:00 [Thursday]
Commercial Offices: 07:30 to 12:30 and
15:00 to 18:00 [Saturday to Thursday]
Embassy requirements and legalisation fees
All shipments to Bahrain must be covered by an Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin and along with an Invoice, must be certified by the JA-ICC. If legalisation is required, then our Chamber will arrange legalisation by the Bahraini Embassy in London.
Health and Radiation Certificates are required for food, meat and poultry consignments.
A Halal Certificate stating that the slaughter was according to Muslim law must accompany fresh, frozen meat and poultry.
Certificate of Origin [Original or Copy] 76.00
Commercial Invoice in Sterling Pounds [Original or Copies]
Invoice value from 0.00 to 4,000.00 76.00
Invoice value from 4,001.00 to 20,000.00 114.00
Invoice value from 20,001.00 to 40,000.00 228.00
Invoice value from 40,001.00 to 80,000.00 456.00
Invoice value from 80,001.00 to 200,000.00 684.00
Invoice value from 200,001.00 to 400,000.00 1,140.0
Invoice value from 400,001.00 or over 1,520.0
Other documents [Original or Copies]
Health / Radiation / Halal Certificates & Packing Lists etc 76.00
Other documents [Original or Copies]
The following documents must be stamped by the Department of Foreign Affairs prior to Certification and Legalisation. Our Chamber can undertake this at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Company Acts & Deed of Assignment/Certificate
of Incorporation/Registration of Trade Marks/
Memorandum or Articles of Association/
Agreements/Report of Directors on Finance/
Minutes of Meeting/Board of Directors/
Company Establishment Contracts

Power of Attorney - Agency Agreement 57.00
Sale & Purchase Contract 160.00
Declaration - Affidavit/ Letter of undertaking 40.00
Employment and Services Contract 40.00
Copy Replacement Certificate 17.00
Reference Letter 40.00
Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry
P.O.Box 248
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel.: (+973 17) 576 666
Fax: (+973 17) 576 600
Please note that Embassies rules and regulations can and do change overnight. We bear no responsibility for any such changes. Any changes that do take place will be passed directly to our customers.
We regret that we cannot under any circumstances, intercede or take responsibility for any transactions initiated directly between an exporter and an Embassy.
The Joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce [JA-ICC]: 60 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Tel: + 353 1 662 4451 / 662 1577Fax: + 353 1 662 47 29Email:
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