Country Guide: Lebanon

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Updated: March 29, 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 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

 

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)

 

Specific Information

  •  The shipment must arrive within 3 months of the owner’s 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.
  • Shipper and consignee should be the same name showing on the OBL / AWB.
  • The shipper must be present for Customs clearance (returning citizens, foreigners).
  • The detailed packing list must be duly authenticated by the Lebanese Embassy in the country of origin for returning citizens.
  • 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 shipper 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. The client must have a rental contract for apartment residence in Lebanon,
  • 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 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.

 

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://www.lebanonembassyus.org

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.