Country Guide: Lebanon

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Updated: November 22, 2016

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • 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

 

Specific Information

  • 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). 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Vehicle title / registration
  • OBL
  • Purchase invoice

 

Specific Information

  • 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.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

 

Specific Information

  • The documents required must prove vaccination against rabies.
  • Pets are subject to taxes.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  •  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

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunitions
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Ivory
  • Pornographic materials
  • Swords (including ornamental), knives

Consignment Instructions

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

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.lebanonembassyus.org

http://www.customs.gov.lb/customs/index.htm

 

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.