Country Guide: Lebanon
Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Original Lebanese passport showing entry date into Lebanon (returning citizens)
- Statement by the Lebanese embassy or Consulate at the country of origin, specifying that owner of the goods has resided in the country of origin for more than 3 years and he is moving back to the home country (returning citizens)
- Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB) (returning citizens, foreigners)
- Delivery order
- Detailed packing list
- Transfer letter from employer at origin and at destination (foreigner)
- Sales Contract / lease agreement attested from the local municipality (returning citizens, foreigners)
- Employment contract with Lebanese firm (foreigners)
- Work permit issued by the Lebanese Labor Office (foreigners)
- Residence permit issued by the Lebanese General Security Office (foreigners)
- Visa, if applicable
- The shipment must arrive within 3 months of the owner of the goods’ entry date.
- All used household goods shipments are subject to Customs duties and value added tax (VAT), unless documents for exemption are provided.
- All diplomatic shipments are duty free.
- Owner of the goods and consignee should be the same name showing on the OBL / AWB.
- The owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance (returning citizens, foreigners).
- Shipments Sent / Received in the Name of Personnel
- Copy of identity card (shipments sent or received by a company / organization)
- Copy of registration certificate at the Ministry of Finance (shipments sent or received by a company / organization)
- Copy of the last get well certificate from the social security authority (shipments sent or received by a company / organization)
- Copy of the company registration in the commercial register (shipments sent or received by a company / organization)
- Copy of the commercial circular (shipments sent or received by a company / organization)
- Copy of the company certificate registration at the Ministry of Finances (shipments sent or received by a company / organization)
- Customs clearance form including a description of shipment items, signed and stamped (shipments sent or received by a company / organization)
- Copy of the identity card of the company / organization authority signing the documents (shipments sent or received by a company / organization)
- An exemption from duties for a returning citizens is allowed only once in a lifetime.
- There are no exemptions on new household goods and personal effects.
- The name of the owner of the goods should match identically on the passport and OBL / AWB.
- If exemption clearing documents are not available or complete and the shipment has arrived to the Beirut sea port, the shipment can be cleared under a refundable bank guarantee letter, valid for 3 months, to be withdrawn against presentation of the clearing documents required when available.
- Failure to provide the documents required for Customs clearance will result in customary duties and taxes per the Customs tariff code issued by the Lebanese Customs authorities.
- All videotapes, CDs books, records, are inspected by the General Security Office.
- Satellite dish, receivers, fax machines and wireless telephone machines, are inspected by Ministry of Post and Telecommunications prior to delivery of shipment (it takes approximately 3-4 days).
- Vehicle title / registration
- Purchase invoice
- Automobiles and boats are subject to Customs duties and value added tax (VAT), unless documents for exemption are provided.
- Cars older than 8 years cannot be imported; all cars less than 8 years old will be taxable at a minimum of USD 5000 except for diplomats who are exempt from this prohibition.
- Vaccination record
- Veterinary health certificate
- The documents required must prove vaccination against rabies.
- Pets are subject to taxes.
Food items (subject to inspection by the Agricultural Research Institute and require a visa from the Ministry of Agriculture, Health and Economy)
- Electronic components (subject to inspection by the Industrial Research Institute)
- Dangerous goods (a preliminary authorization from the carrier line or airline is required for import and should be classified as non-restricted cargo)
- Alcohol is permitted but is taxable
- Firearms and ammunitions
- Drugs and narcotics
- Pornographic materials
- Swords (including ornamental), knives
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.