Background

A U.S. trade zone will be established in Bahrain under a bilateral memorandum of understanding signed Jan. 13.

According to the Department of Commerce, this zone will allow U.S. businesses multimodal access to an area ideal for crossdocking activities, end-to-end specialized customs solutions, and fast track operation for the purpose of exporting via Khalifa bin Salman Port, Bahrain International Airport, King Fahad Causeway, or any future customs posts created by Bahrain. The two countries will promote the zone as a regional trade, manufacturing, logistics, and distribution hub for U.S. companies in Bahrain, Gulf Cooperation Council member countries, and beyond.
The DOC noted that Bahrain is “an important strategic and trade partner of the United States, maintaining stability and ensuring the free flow of commerce in the [Persian] Gulf.” A bilateral free trade agreement entered into force in 2006 and two-way trade totaled $3.95 billion in 2019.

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