U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement

With the passage and implementation of the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Bahrain became the first Persian Gulf state to enter into a bilateral trade agreement with the United States. The resulting trade liberalization increased the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and agricultural producers in the Bahrain market.

Under the market access components of the U.S.-Bahrain FTA, tariffs and duties on nearly all current bilateral trade in consumer and industrial products have either been eliminated or are in the process of being phased out.

The USBBC has undertaken the challenging work of educating business leaders and policymakers about the commercial opportunities that the U.S.-Bahrain FTA provides for increased trade and economic cooperation.

The Council continues its work on issues that impede bilateral commerce and work toward removing trade barriers, creating new jobs, and expanding the economic links between Bahrain and the United States.

Below are additional resources related to the implementation of the U.S.-Bahrain FTA:


Free Trade Agreement Fact Sheet:

Office of the United States Trade Representative


Final Text of the Free Trade Agreement:

Office of the United States Trade Representative – Full U.S.-Bahrain FTA Text


Free Trade Agreement Advocacy:

Senate Hearing on US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement

National Foreign Trade Council

Kingdom of Bahrain – Ministry of Finance


U.S. Government FTA Press Release


Findings on the FTA:

Office of the United States Trade Representative – Free Trade Agreement Summary

Export.gov – U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement

United States International Trade Commission – Potential Economywide and Selected Sectoral Effects