Country Guide: Libya

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Updated: November 16, 2016

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Used 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 owner of the goods does not need to be present for Customs clearance.
  • A letter from the Libyan Consulate is required for returning citizens, detailing the owner of the goods’ organization abroad; however, if the entity employing the owner of the goods has a branch in Libya, a letter from the employing branch is acceptable for re-entry.
  • The owner of the goods’ 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.


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.



Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook

Wikipedia Entry for Libya

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.