Country Guide: Libya

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Updated: November 23, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport (identification pages and passport translation page in Arabic)
  • Packing list
  • Entrance Visa / Work Permit (foreigners, Diplomats)
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Telex Release / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Letter of Employment (foreigners)
  • Statistics Code (provided by Libyan employer) (foreigners)
  • Letter from the Libyan Consulate / Letter of Employment (returning citizens)
  • Diplomatic Franchise from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Diplomats)

 

Specific Regulations

  • The Customs clearance procedures can last from 7-10 days (foreigners) / 10-14 days (Diplomats).
  • The shipper does not need to be present for Customs clearance.
  • A letter from the Libyan Consulate is required for returning citizens, detailing the shipper’s mission abroad; however, if the entity employing the shipper has a branch in Libya, a letter from the employing branch is acceptable for re-entry.
  • The shipper’s import documents should be ready prior to shipment arrival at the port / airport of entry to minimize port charges.
  • Duties of approximately 10% may apply on shipments above the Customs estimate; however, Diplomats are exempt.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • OBL
  • Purchase Invoice

 

Specific Regulations

  • Returning citizens cannot import vehicles older than 5 years of manufacture.
  • For returning citizens 10% duty is applicable after the Customs estimation process.
  • For foreigners, 25% of the value of the vehicle is paid as a deposit and a Temporary Regime is applied.  The deposit is refunded after the foreigner’s final departure.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate (2 copies)

 

Specific Regulations

  • The documents must accompany pets entering Libya.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Plants and plant products (a Plant Quarantine Certificate is required)
  • Insecticides (a permit obtained from the Secretariat of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform’s Plant Protection Department is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics
  • Pornographic materials
  • Counterfeit items
  • Explosive materials
  • Alcohol and spirits
  • Guns

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

IAM Note:  Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability. 

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_951.html

http://www.libyausaembassy.com

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.