Bahrain FTA regulation amended
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has finalized a change to its regulations governing the Bahrain Free Trade Agreement to simplify the definition of imports that qualify for preferential tariff treatment.
The amendment, published Dec. 29 in the Federal Register, removes language stating that goods passing through an intermediate country en route to the United States must remain in the control of the third country's customs authority.
Congress ratified the Bahrain Free Trade Agreement in 2006. CBP regulations implementing the treaty state that goods must be directly imported to receive lower tariffs. Goods that transit another country still cannot undergo any further production or enhancement, but simply must be loaded and unloaded.
The amendment goes into effect on Jan. 28.