ISS Global Forwarding – Bahrain

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Interview with

Ms. May Jammal
– Country Manager –

May Jammal Portrait ISS Global Forwarding Brahrain

First of all, can you tell me how long ISS has been established in Bahrain?  How many staff members do you have, and what is your main line of logistics business?

We have been established for approximately 4 Years. We operate with +20 staff.

Our main focus is Freight forwarding all Modes (inbound & outbound), Consolidation – Project cargo, Warehousing, Clearance and Delivery. (We have our own Inhouse Clearance team.)


Do you have experience in handling project cargoes in and out of Bahrain?   Could you perhaps provide our readers with a few examples of project cargoes that you have handled? 

Yes, we handle project cargo on all modes in and out of Bahrain, see the various photos that I have shared in this interview.

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Bahrain is not so often in the news, and perhaps it is not a place so well known outside the Middle East.  What can you tell our readers about the country:  port facilities, number of inhabitants, etc.?

Bahrain is a small country compared to other middle eastern countries, but it’s filled with business opportunities since the country has major projects. Bahrain is being used as a gateway to the biggest market in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia) due to our customs flexibility. (Shipments are cleared and delivered via road to Saudi.)

Bahrain has a FTA (free trade agreement) with the USA. This is why most of the big suppliers have invested in Bahrain and build their manufacturing plants here.

Bahrain has the biggest Aluminum exporter (ALBA).

Bahrain is hosting the yearly Formula1 car race (Bahrain Grand Prix, officially known as the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix) which generates one of the highest revenues after O&G revenues.

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How about customs clearance in Bahrain – is that difficult?  Any rule of thumb in order to have a smooth customs clearance in your country?

Here we have one of the easiest clearance processes. The requirements are Original Invoice & Packing list (Country of origin, HS Codes).   

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Do you have shipping lines coming regularly to Bahrain or is it mainly serviced via feeder routes through other ports?

We have MV’s / Breakbulk vessels / Car carriers calling at Bahrain.

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Do you currently belong to any networks besides being part of the ISS Global Forwarding group?

We are a member of Cross Ocean Air & Sea Project Logistics Network and JC trans/WCA  (in some countries). 

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Please inform our readers to get in touch with you?

Emails, Phone, WhatsApp, Teams – We are on call 24/7.
Mob: +973 368 36872
Tel: +973 17 820 101