U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement
Market Access Results
Trade and Tariffs
The consumer goods sector is composed of various product groups, including those covered by
the toy and furniture Uruguay Round sectoral agreements, as well as appliances and various
recreational goods. Consumer goods accounted for 10 percent of total U.S. non-textile
industrial exports to Bahrain in 2002, totaling $16.3 million.1 Upholstered seats with wooden
frames lead U.S. exports in the sector.
Bahrain’s tariffs on consumer goods range from 0 to 20 percent, averaging 4.6 percent. The
highest tariffs generally apply to mattresses. Imports of unworked cultured pearls are prohibited
in Bahrain and remain prohibited so long as it is in accordance with GATT Article XX.
Bahrain’s exports to the United States in this sector totaled $174 thousand in 20022, or less than
one percent of the country’s total non-textile industrial exports to the United States. U.S. tariffs
on consumer goods range from 0 to 109 percent, with an average of 3.6 percent. Tariffs are
highest on corn brooms.
Both sides will eliminate duties on imports of consumer from the other Party immediately upon
implementation of the Agreement.
1 Based on Bahraini Imports for Consumption from the United States (Average 2002)
2 Based on U.S. Imports for Consumption from Bahrain (Average 2002)