Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is VAT? How does it work? When does it come in effect?

The Kingdom of Bahrain has announced the introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) in the country, effective January 1, 2019.


VAT is a form of indirect tax on the consumption or use of goods and services, applied at the point of sale, and charged on applicable transactions.


A registered business collects the VAT charged to customers on the supply of goods and services, and pays VAT on goods and services purchased from suppliers. The difference between the VAT collected from customers and the VAT paid to suppliers is then remitted to the National Bureau of Taxation (NBT), the Authority established to collect and manage VAT in Bahrain.

2. What are the VAT rates?

VAT has been introduced in the Kingdom of Bahrain at a standard rate of 5%. Certain supplies of goods and services are subject to a 0% VAT charge, while some are exempt (Refer Decree-law No (48) of 2018 on value added tax. For more details, click here.

3. What products and services are covered under VAT?

VAT is a general consumption tax, and applies to the majority of transactions of goods and services, unless specifically exempt by law. TNT will apply and collect VAT, where applicable on its services, from January 1, 2019. Rates and charges on all existing TNT contracts are VAT exclusive.

4. Who needs to register for VAT?

A business must register for VAT if their taxable supplies and imports exceed the prescribed “mandatory registration threshold.” Additional information for businesses can be found here.

5. What are the VAT responsibilities of a business?

For more details on how your business can prepare for VAT please visit this page.

6. How should businesses register for VAT?

To register for VAT, please follow the VAT creation guidelines at the VAT information resource center published by the National Bureau of Taxation.

7. What is expected from a registered taxpayer?

The National Bureau for Taxation (NBT) has issued a ‘Taxpayer Charter’ which outlines expectations from registered taxpayers to ensure building a relationship of mutual trust and respect. Further details can be found here.

8. Where can I share my Tax Registration details with TNT and where can I get additional details on VAT?

In order to share your Tax Registration details with TNT, please download the template, fill in the details, attach the completed template and send it to along with a copy of the tax registration certificate.

9. As a TNT account holder, what is the mandatory VAT related information that I need to provide?

In order for us to continue serving you following the implementation of VAT on January 1, 2019, the following tax registration details are required:

  1. TNT Account Number(s)
  2. Name of your company
  3. Registered office address
  4. Tax Registration Number
  5. Copy of Tax Registration certificate (if available)

10. Why is the Tax Registration Number important?

To ensure VAT benefits, your Tax Registration Number needs to be listed on the Tax Invoice provided by TNT after January 1, 2019.

11. Why does TNT require a copy of my tax registration certificate?

TNT requires a copy of the tax registration certificate to verify the information provided, and avoid any administrative errors in invoicing.

12. I already sent my tax registration details to the person I deal with at TNT. Why do I have to submit them via the TNT template?

To ensure your tax registration details are entered correctly into our systems, it is important to update your tax registration information in the TNT template. Once updated, it should be emailed to along with a copy of your Tax registration certificate (if available).

13. If incorrect information is submitted, what is the correction process?

If you have submitted incorrect information, you can re-submit the correct details along with the supporting documents to

14. I have applied for Tax registration with the FTA and waiting for my Tax Registration Number. Will I be able to update it once I receive it?

Yes. You can submit your Tax Registration Number with the supporting documents to when you receive them.

15. How can I get the Tax Registration Details for TNT?

Name of the entity: TNT Skypak International Bahrain W.L.L.

Registered Address: Building: 23, Road/Street: 20, Town: Muharraq, Block: 224, Country: Bahrain
Tax Registration Number: <<This field will be updated once TNT receives its Tax Registration Number>>


For a copy of the TNT Tax Registration certificate, please contact your TNT sales representative, or write to

16. Do I need to sign new contracts with TNT effective January 1, 2019?

No. Additional contracts are not required. Rates and charges on all existing TNT contracts are VAT exclusive. TNT will apply and collect VAT, where applicable on its services from January 1, 2019.

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