Bahrain set to join global ATA Carnet network

16 October 2013

The Kingdom of Bahrain is set to join the ATA Carnet system, ‘passport for goods’, which eases the temporary admission of items between countries.

A workshop was recently held by Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) for customs, chamber staff and business to raise awareness of the system, which replaces the need for usual customs procedures, administered by the World Chambers Federation (WCF) of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce, (ICC).

Expansion in world trade has led to growth in temporary exports and imports of different items. Acting BCCI CEO, Eng. Nabeel A.Rahman Al-Mahmood, said: “The anticipated implementation of the ATA Carnet System in Bahrain will benefit our national economy."  

The ATA Carnet System is used in 70 countries. More than 175,000 ATA Carnets are issued yearly for thousands of customs transactions worth more than US$ 25bn. Goods covered include professional equipment, commercial samples and material for trade fairs and exhibitions.