The Bahrain-USA Free Trade Agreement

As a member of the World Trade Organisation and the Gulf Co-operation Council, Bahrain is positioned to offer a variety of incentives to investors keen on accessing both international and regional markets.
The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States of America is part of a series of bilateral trade and investment treaties the Kingdom has signed in order to boost its trade and businessincentives.


Key benefits of the FTA to Bahraini businesses
include:

  • Eliminating all tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, thus reducing the cost burdens of exporting and increasing the competitiveness of Bahrain products in the US markets
  • Eliminating all barriers to trade in services and the opening of the US market to Bahrain service providers to provide services through local presence or across border, presenting a platform for the expansion of Bahrain’s services sector
  • Granting Bahraini service providers National or Most Favoured Nation Treatment, allowing competition on common grounds with their US counterparts and to provide their services in the United States without additional regulatory burdens
  • Re-enforcing the highest standards of labour, environment, and intellectual property protection
  • Non-Bahraini manufacturers and service companies are also provided the option of establishing ventures in Bahrain in order to gain access to the United States markets.
    Vice-versa, U.S. manufacturers and service providers will have the option of providing services to the greater Gulf and Arab region by establishing in Bahrain
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