Trade Compliance in Lebanon
- International Conventions
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
- Main International Economic Cooperation
- Lebanon is a country traditionally open to trade. Its efforts are concentrated, from this point of view, on three areas: the European Union, the United States and the other Arab countries. It has signed a framework agreement with the United States to favor trade and investment between the two countries. It has been trying for many years to join the World Trade Organization and since 1999 has had observer status. Its relations with the European Union are privileged; there is an association agreement between the two entities, also called Euro-Mediterranean partnership, which provides especially for the creation of a free trade area between Lebanon (as part of the agreement) and the European Union by 2014. Lebanon is also part of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA), a pact of the Arab League entered into force in January 2005 which aims to form an Arabic free trade area. It has signed numerous bilateral free trade agreements with Syria, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq notably.
- Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets
As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
- Party of the TIR Convention
As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
- Accompanying Documents For Imports
Goods sent to Lebanon must be complemented by the following documents:
- The Unique Administrative Document (UAD);
- The commercial invoice. It must be established in three copies written in french or in english. It must include the value and origin of the goods, its price and lot number.
- The manufacturing date and the use-by date;
- A phytosanitary certificate: compulsory for fruit, vegetable, seeds and other vegetable, it is issued by the regional service of vegetable protection;
- A sanitary certificate compulsory for meats issued by the departmental management of veterinarian services;
- The EUR1 form, to benefit from the preferential rate applicable to imported goods from the European Union;
- A certificate of free sale for pharmaceutical products, issued by the Ministry of Health;
- The transport documents and the packaging list.
- Free Zones
- For more information, visit the IDAL website (Investment Development Authority of Lebanon).
- For Further Information
- Non Tariff Barriers
- Less than 1% of imported products are subject to trade restrictions (license, technical, medical or phytosanitary certificates...) which can be similar to non tariff barriers. Importing some products, like arms for example, is forbidden in Lebanon even if they are only in transit. All these restrictions can be consulted on the website of the Lebanese Customs. In addition, Lebanon applies the boycott decided by the Arab League against Israeli products and some foreign companies may be blacklisted if they are thought to be helping the military development of that country. However, the boycott is relative since a considerable number of prohibited products can be found on the Lebanese market today.
- Sectors or Products For Which Commercial Disagreements Have Been Registered With the WTO
- None, Lebanon is not member of the WTO.
- Assessment of Commercial Policy
Buy USA, Commercial advice guide of Lebanon
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