Shipping a Car to Bahrain


If you are starting your search on how to ship a car from the USA to Bahrain, you have come to the right place. We are Ship Overseas and we are here to let you in on the entire process:

Shipping Car from USA to Bahrain

Ship Overseas, Inc. is the top industry expert in car shipping, so you can trust our guidance through all stages of the process. That’s because we bring more than 40 years of experience to each interaction. We’re happy to be here to answer your questions regarding the shipping process to Bahrain, including Pricing, Documents, Departure and Arrival Ports. But as always, if you have more questions, please call us directly.

For the most up-to-date prices, provide us with the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country (in this case Bahrain).

Pick Up

People pay us to come get their vehicle from their home or work rather than driving it themselves to the nearest port, in the majority of cases. But sometimes they ask us to drive their car to the nearest port in the USA. Upon receiving your quote to ship your car to Bahrain, you will notice an optional charge listed for us to pick up your car for you and transport it to the port for you for a fee. This option may be best if you live far from the port, as otherwise you would be responsible for the costs of gas and food, time off work, getting back home, and staying in hotels.

Departure Shipping Ports

The U.S. departure shipping ports that ship to Bahrain include:

  • Tacoma, WA
  • Port Hueneme, Ventura County
  • San Diego, CA
  • Newark, NJ
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Brunswick, GA
  • Galveston, TX

You can bring your car to one of these ports or we can pick up your car for you, at an additional cost.

Arrival At Shipping Terminal in Bahrain

Our shipping line arrives at the Khalifa Bin Salman port in Bahrain, which is where your designated pick up person will retrieve your vehicle upon arrival. They must bring cash with them to pay for Tax or Duty. See the section below for Vehicle Import Tax & Duty. Khalifa Bin Salman, located close to the Bahrain International Airport, sits in the middle of the Arabian Gulf. It is the largest ocean-going container vessel port and a major regional distribution center port.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car to Bahrain

We will outline the costs below as it pertains to shipping a car to Bahrain.

The cost to ship a car to Bahrain range from $1600 to $1635 from both the west coast and east coast.

Other cost factors when shipping a car to Bahrain from the U.S. include:

  • It costs more for us to pick up your car at your house.
  • Compact cars cost less than large SUVs to ship.
  • Shipping a car from the East Coast USA is less costly than shipping from the West Coast.
  • Yes, you will technically save money if you personally drop off your car at the departure shipping port, but don’t forget you still have to make travel arrangements for getting back home.

Departure & Arrival Ports, Starting Costs, & How Long Shipping Takes

The estimated transit time to ship a car from the USA to Bahrain is two months from the West Coast USA through the Panama Canal, and seven to eight weeks from the East Coast. The Estimated Time in Transit includes the time from when your car arrives at the shipping terminal — not the transit time involved for the trucker to pick up the vehicle and get it to the port.

The base cost to ship a car from USA to Bahrain is:

  • $1626 from West Coast
  • $1635 from Newark, NJ
  • $1600 from Baltimore, MD
  • $1625 Jacksonville, FL
  • $1620 Brunswick, GA
  • $1620 Galveston, TX

Your decision to have us pick up your car instead of dropping it off yourself is one factor that will impact final cost. The year/make/model of your car and which departure port you choose are two other main factors.

Vehicle Import Tax & Duty & Destination Handling Charge

You will pay 5% Import Tax and 5% VAT (Value-Added-Tax). Import duty must be paid when the car is picked up. Ship Overseas does NOT collect the import duty.

The destination handling charge for shipping a car from USA to Bahrain is approximately $300.

If you are in the USA, contact the Embassy of Bahrain by phone if you need the latest information.

Embassy of Bahrain

3502 International Dr NW

Washington, DC 20008

(202) 342-1111

Storage Fees

If for some reason your point person can’t pick up your car at the port upon arrival, you will be charged storage fees by the port in Bahrain. Contact us to learn the latest storage fees.

Optional Marine Insurance

We advise you to purchase the optional marine insurance in the event damage or loss occurs. This is rare, but it has been known to happen, particularly during hurricane season from June 1 to November 30. We offer full coverage Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage, covering you from the time your car is loaded onto the ship until it arrives at the port. The cost is 1.75% of the value you want the car insured for. We recommend this option particularly if you would be unable to cover out of pocket costs related to repairs or losses that may occur. Please learn more about Marine Insurance here.

Documents Required to Ship Car to Bahrain

Shipping a car to Bahrain from the USA will require you to bring the Original Title and an ID.

Shipping Methods

RoRo shipping is the main type of shipping we offer to Bahrain. For container shipping questions, contact us directly.

RoRo Shipping is available from these U.S. ports: Tacoma, WA; Port Hueneme, Ventura County; San Diego, CA; Newark, NJ; Baltimore, MD; Jacksonville, FL; Brunswick, GA; and Galveston; TX.

RoRo (Roll On Roll Off)

RoRo is short for roll on, roll off, which means that anything with tires that can Roll On and Off the ship of its own power can be loaded with this method of shipping. Able to accommodate vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats, these ships look like one big parking garage on the inside. Most people use RoRo when shipping one vehicle, but keep in mind that the vehicle has to be able to go up and down the ramp with no assistance. Once loaded on the RoRo vessel, your vehicle will be tied down in a designated spot securely.

New car manufacturers prefer to use RoRo shipping. That’s because the cars get additional protection against external elements, whereby all vehicles are tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean.

This option is highly efficient and cost-effective, featuring the most reliable departure and arrival dates akin to an airline flight schedule.

Payment Methods / Options

You are responsible for payment when your vehicle arrives at port.

Wire Transfer or Cashier’s Check

If you are outside the USA, this is the most common method of paying. We will provide our bank information after you have placed your order.

Credit Card & Zelle

If you decide to pay with Zelle, there are no service fees involved. If you decide to pay with a credit card, there is a 3% service fee.

Canceling Your Order

In the rare event that an order cancellation is necessary, email us as soon as possible. We will be happy to refund your payment with the same payment method you initially chose, but you will have to pay a $300 cancellation fee.

Additional Information

  • The destination handling charge is approximately $300.
  • If you bought the car new, your name must be listed as the registered owner on the front of the Title.
  • You must provide a clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the designated spaces.
  • For safety and weight reasons, your vehicle should not have more than a ¼ tank of gas.

USA Customs Clearance

Ship Overseas, Inc. will clear US Customs for you. Though most US Customs agents will just peer through the car’s window, some will look inside the trunk.

Who Can Pick Up The Vehicle in Bahrain

Anyone you want. Just let us know in advance of the sailing date so we can list that person as the Receiver or Consignee. Let them know they will have to provide proof of identification with a picture ID, offering the Title of Ownership and a letter of permission to take possession. If the shipping line is notified of changes after your cargo has been loaded on the vessel, you will be charged a fee.