Ship a Car to Bahrain

How to Ship a Car to Bahrain

When faced with the prospect of shipping a car to Bahrain, you may start to panic:Can you afford it? How will you know what to do? Where will you start? How does it work? We know it seems scary, but with our experts guiding the way, the process will be painless.

It may comfort you to know we have been shipping cars to and from Bahrain for more than 35 years. To make the process easier to get a handle on, we have created this page brimming with information on everything you need to know about shipping cars from the USA to Bahrain.

It all begins with a free quote, where you will provide the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country in Bahrain so we can give you the most accurate estimate possible. Keep reading to learn more about shipping a car to Bahrain from the USA.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Bahrain?

Final price we quote you will depend on:

• How the car is driven to the port. You’ll pay more if we pick it up from you and get it to the port, vs. if you just bring it to the port on your own. Note: if you choose the latter option, you must arrange transportation back home from the port.
• The port in the USA from which you’re shipping the car.As an example, it will cost more to ship from the West Coast than the East Coast.
• How big or small your vehicle is, as it costs more to ship a large SUV or pickup truck than it does a compact car.

Additional Information

  • Only vehicles 8 years and younger can be exported to Bahrain. No accident vehicles.
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.

Vehicle Import Duty For Bahrain

For those inside USA who want to find out the latest vehicle import duty to Bahrain, contact the Bahrain Embassy here:

Embassy of Bahrain
3502 International Dr NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 342-1111

For those who are in Bahrain, contact Bahrain Customs here. Ship Overseas cannot collect import duty for the Bahrain government.

Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Bahrain

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to the port of Manama in Bahrain.
To get it there, you can choose from one of these two:

RoRo Shipping – These vessels are specifically designed to ship wheeled cargo such as cars and motorcycles. In order to choose this option, your vehicle must work because it will have to be driven onto the ship by ramp.

Container Shipping – Vehicles are put in a container for transport. Under this option, you have two more choices to make: shared or exclusive.

Ship Your Car to Manama

Manama, the capital and largest city of Bahrain, has long been an important trading center in the Persian Gulf. Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) is able to handle the largest ocean-going ships, with a large passenger terminal, roll-on/roll-off ramps and general cargo facilities. This is the main sea port within the Kingdom of Bahrain, located 13 km to the east of Bahrain International Airport. A unique and cost effective opportunity for trade and trans-shipments to the important upper gulf region, Manama is a busy port that we ship cars to frequently.

Two Types of Shipping Methods

There are two types of shipping methods if you’re looking toship a car to Bahrain. So sit back and relax, then read through these two main options.

RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)

Roll On/Roll Offgives you efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and reliable departure and arrival dates. It happens to be the most popular option for the most amount of people, used for wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles and cars because they are driven onto the ship of their own power. Before choosing this option, remember your car must be able to make it up and down the ramp without assistance. Your vehicle will be securely tied down in its own spot once loaded onto the vessel.

In addition to cars and motorcycles, we ship motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles and even boats using this method. In fact, it’s such a popular method that new car manufacturers choose this for shipping their own vehicles, which are tied to the deck with little exposure to the ocean.

Container Shipping

If your vehicle does not work or you have a specialty vehicle, ship your car to Bahrain from the USA via shipping container. Under this option, there are two more to choose from: shared or exclusive.

Shared Container Shipping

With this method, you can ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle at the same time. You can’t do that with RoRo. Plus, you can ship vehicles that are not operational. For instance, we have many clients who purchase broken-down classic cars in the USA for shipping to Bahrain.

While you get the best protection from the elements, you aren’t guaranteed a fixed departure date as with RoRo, owing to the fact that the container must be filled with vehicles for it to be loaded.Your car is placed into a container with three other cars (four total) and then is loaded onto the ship.

It’s harder to plan the journey with this method, as you could wait an extra week or more until the container is completely filled, but it’s a smart choice for shipping two or more vehicles.

Exclusive Container Shipping

Exclusive container shipping, when your vehicle is the sole vehicle in the container, is more expensive compared to RoRo and shared container shipping. Got a generous budget? Protect your investment with this method, which gives you added protection and attention to detail. So, if you have a high-end and exotic vehicle like a Bentley, Ferrari, Aston Martin, etc. go with this option.

As you would with the shared container method, you can put personal belongings along with your car for the ride and you may ship vehicles that don’t work.

Trusted Military Partner

Glad to serve the Active Military community,we are proud of our expertise in shipping cars from the USA to Bahrain and importing cars internationally into the USA from Bahrain. Ship Overseas has been an established provider of international car shipping services for more than three decades. This makes us a leader in the freight forwarding business – the reason why so many military members choose us to ship their cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles.

Active members of the military who are searching for a way to ship their cars to Bahrain from the U.S. should give us a call for more information. We can review vital factors such as modifications, weight, time limits and licensing.


You’re in luck with these two helpful options. Opt for the one that works best for your situation. The question you have to ask yourself is: Do you want to bring the car to the port, or would you prefer we come get it from you?

Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping

If you would rather us get it from you at your home,our truck drivers will pick up the vehicle, load it onto their truck, and bring it to the port for shipping to Bahrain. Again, there are two choices to select from.

Open Auto Shipping – Our transport trucks, with the capacity to carry up to nine or 10 cars at a time, or as few as five cars, are filled to capacity which lowers the overall shipping costs. The transport truck driver will load and unload vehicles as he makes his way along his trucking route.

On top of being the least expensive and most cost effective method, this happens to be the most common type of car shipping method we offer. We will gladly ship vehicles like sedans and minivans to Bahrain this way.

Enclosed Auto Shipping – A more costly option, you are treated to peace of mind knowing your luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage car is completely enclosed for the trip. As such, this will minimize the risk of damage and exposure. Your car is transported along with two other vehicles and, using a special ramp or lift-gate, is strategically placed on the truck. If you have extra padding in your budget and a fancy car, you’re better off with this option.

We recommend you do, as this is the best way toprotect your investment. We provide FULL COVERAGE Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your car is loaded onto the ship, the cost of which is 1.75% of the value you want to insure the car for.

Can’t exactly afford to pay outright for any repairs, damage or loss to your vehicle? Plan ahead and purchase the Marine Insurance, despite the fact that the chance of damage or loss is very rare. Hurricane season, which lasts from June till November, may be a time of increased risk for damage due to the unpredictable seas. Inquire about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.

Are you ready to take the plunge and ship a car from the USA to Bahrain?Get your free quote online now or get in touch with us toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.

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