The report provides guidance on required certificates for food products shipped to Bahrain.
THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY
USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT
Required Report - public distribution
GAIN Report Number: Bahrain 01-2013
Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards -
FAIRS Export Certificate Report
The report provides guidance on required certificates for food products shipped to Bahrain. While all
possible care was taken in the preparation of this report, information provided may not be completely
accurate either because policies have changed since its preparation, or because clear information about
these policies was not available. It is highly recommended that U.S. exporters verify the full set of
import requirements with their Bahraini customers, who are normally best equipped to research such
matters with local authorities, before any goods are shipped.
Section I. List of All Export Certificates Required By Government (Matrix) :
Products Title of Attestation Requesting
Certificate Required Purpose Ministry
Dry pea, Phytosanitary This is to Pest and Public Health
lentil, Rice, Certificate certify that the insect free Directorate,
seeds, plant(s) confirmation Ministry of Health,
fruits & described Agriculture Department
etc. -have been
to be free from
to conform to
All Country of The goods are Country of Customs
products Origin of “xxx” origin
Certificate origin confirmation
All Health The goods have Health Public Health
products Certificate been Certificate Directorate,
Except Prepared and Ministry of Health
meat shipped under
poultry conditions, do
and fit for
All Radioactivity The goods have Health Public Health
Products Certificate 1/ been Certificate Directorate
produced tested for for products
in Europe radioactivity coming from
and found to be Europe
safe for human
Cs-134: < 10
Cs-137: < 10
Meat & Halal Animals were Product Agriculture Department,
Poultry Slaughter slaughtered produced Ministry of Municipalities
and other Certificate in accordance in and Ag Affairs
products to accordance
containing Islamic/Sharia with Sharia
animal laws & Law
ingredients requirements confirmation
1/ required for products originating from Europe and some Asian countries
Section II. Purpose of Specific Export Certificate(s)
See Section I above.
Section III. Specific Attestations Required on Export Certificate(s)
a. Although Halal Slaughter and health certificates for meat and poultry were required to be legalized by the Bahraini
Embassy in the exporting country (Embassy from any other Arab country will suffice in the absence of Bahraini
Embassy), this requirement is not strictly enforced. Effective May 1, 2013, the Veterinary Department of the
Agriculture Department, Ministry of Municipalities and Agricultural Affairs, will be responsible for the inspection
of meat and poultry products.
b. Health certificates for the remaining products are not required to be legalized by
Bahraini Embassy in the exporting country.
Section IV. Government Certificate’s Legal Entry Requirements
Original certificates must accompany shipment at the time of entry. Sometimes importers are allowed to have the
documents sent to their banks.
Certificates are used for only the accompanying shipment since it carries the details of the shipments.
U.S. State issued export or health certificates are acceptable
Modification to any certificate is not permitted once issued and shipped to accompany the product.
Section V. Other Certification/Accreditation Requirements
Original invoice, Bill of Lading and Packing List are required to accompany the above-referenced certificates to complete
the list of documents required by Custom Authorities for release of the shipment.
Appendix I. Electronic Copy or Outline of Each Export Certificate
The following are “samples” of certificates outlined in section I and accepted by Bahrain officials. The standardized export
health certificates issued by FSIS and APHIS are not repeated here.
Note: At present Bahrain does not require a specific format for any certificate. Bahrain seeks only the information provided