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Tripoli, the largest city in the Northern Lebanon is situated 85 kilometers north of Beirut (capital of Lebanon). Being the second largest city in the country, it is the capital of the Tripoli District and North Governorate. Tripoli is the eastern port in Lebanon, overlooking Eastern Mediterranean Sea. It is the key of holding off shore string of 4 tiny islands, the only surviving Lebanon islands.
Shipping a vehicle into this country is a difficult endeavor. Although by equipping yourself with apt research before the time and appointing a credible transport auto company, the process will become much easier for you.
There are few things you need to think about before importing your vehicle into this country. Foremost is estimating the period till the vehicle will stay in Lebanon. Since you are planning to export again the vehicle within 6 months, you don’t have to pay various customs and taxes. It is called is importing temporary. If not, you wish to retain your vehicle for longer period than 6 months, you have to heed to the process given below for importing permanently.
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Documents needed (not limited to):
- Commercial Invoice.
- Proof of Current Registration/Ownership.
- Bill of Lading.
- Passport (any document disclosing identification of the person importing vehicle).
You have to pay a duty called as “Single Customs Duty”. This is calculated on determining the value of your vehicle. If the vehicle’s worth is greater than LBP 20 million, you will have to pay duty around 50% of the vehicle’s worth. In case the vehicle value is lesser than 20 million LBP, the duty shall be flat LBP 5,000,000. You may be required to pay duty called local consumption. Apart from Custom duty, additional VAT i.e. (Value Added Tax) too of 10% shall be imposed.
All the costs are calculated on the basis of how much you own is decided on the CIF total i.e. (Cost + Insurance + Freight). Ensure you have all the required documents regarding importing your vehicle with you all of the times. Lebanon follows a rule of not allowing vehicles who are more than 8 years old to be imported. Moreover this is a legislation to reduce the number of years to 5 years. Make a point to consult the website of Lebanon Customs before making any arrangements to import the vehicle into Lebanon. See to that all your information, documents are relevant and whether your vehicle qualifies.
There are 2 modes of shipping vehicles to other countries. First is the Roll on/Roll off (RORO) and other is containerized shipping. In RORO method, the vehicle is left open during the journey, obviously it is lashed for security. Once it is near the port, it is driven on and off the container using ramp. In the case of containerized shipping method, your vehicle will be kept enclosed in a 20 ft. or a 40 ft. container during the journey. Once it is near the port, it is hoisted on and off from the ship with a crane. It is best to contact the Lebanon Embassy to get all the details on the latest regulations.