Bahraini authorities prevented a major Saudi food manufacturing company from importing its products into local markets last week, because the company was reportedly lacking the necessary “Certificate of Origin” for the shipment.
The London-based Al-Hayat daily reported that the Saudi company had turned to the Gulf Chamber of Industry and Commerce to settle the dispute. However, the attempt failed, and the company was obliged to return its products to Saudi Arabia.
Consequently, Saudi businessmen have voiced demands that the government of Bahrain reevaluates the certificate of origin regulations imposed on re-exported merchandise within its territories.
The Saudis maintained that re-exported goods are not usually granted certificates of origin, as they may be produced in locations outside the exporting country’s borders. — (MENA Report)
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