Sidon is the third largest city in Lebanon. It is South of Lebanon on the cost of the Mediterranean, 40 kilometers from Tyre and 40 kilometers south from Beirut – the capital. Importing a vehicle can be rather complicated and involved but some research and planning ahead or hiring a reputable company can definitely facilitate the entire unpleasant experience.
There are a few options that you must be considering when you decide to ship to Lebanon. The first thing to go over is to determine the particular period of time during which the country will be in the country. You can avoid paying taxes if you are going to re-export it within the first 6 months. This is referred to as a temporary import. If you intend to keep it for more than that this is known as a permanent import.
- Commercial invoice.
- Bill of Lading.
- Ownership proof or Current Registration.
- Passport or other ID.
Import taxes and duties.
You are going to be required to pay the Single Customs Duty which is formed of the value of your vehicle. You can obtain it from the Super Schwache List or the Blue book. If your car is more than 20 million LBP, you are going to owe about 50% of the value in duties. If it is less, you would have to pay a flat fee of about 5,000,000 LBP. It’s also possible that you would be liable for the local consumption duty and there is going to be a VAT of 10% as well. All the values which are used to calculate the owed amount are based on the CIF (Cost, Insurance, Freight) so make sure to have all the required pertinent paperwork.
Eligibility and cost of shipping.
You won’t be allowed to import a car older than 8 years and there is a discussion to reduce the age limit to 5 years. You can consult the Lebanese Customs Administration prior to doing the arrangements in order to make sure that your vehicle is actually eligible. When you are looking to account for the total cost of shipping, the price of the vehicle, insurance and freight charges along with the various duties need to be considered.
There are two basic forms of shipping cars to other countries. The first one is the RORO and the other one is the container shipping. In the RORO the car is left open throughout the journey even though it’s fastened securely. The vehicle is driven on and off on a ramp on the carrier. The container shipping includes a 20ft or a 40ft container within which your car is going to be placed. The container is hoisted on and off the ship with a crane. It is advisable to contact the Lebanon Embassy for further information.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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