Shipping in Lebanon

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Restrictions

  • Chilled Meat: Following a newly amended local law, the chilled meat acceptance was increased to a maximum of 50 days from the date of slaughteringChilled Meat: Following a newly amended local law, the chilled meat acceptance was increased to a maximum of 50 days from the date of slaughtering
  • Potato Seeds: As confirmed by the ministry of agriculture in Lebanon, new regulations ensure acceptance of import of 'potato seeds' into LEB. It is very important, however, that the consignee has an import license whereby number of containers permitted is needed. Please check with the sales team with regards to validity of licenses.
  • Cigarettes and Tobaccos: Cigarettes/ tobacco cargo can be shipped to Beirut port ONLY IF shipment is consigned to " Regie libanaise des tabacs et tombacs". However, cargo can be shipped to Beirut free zone and not Beirut port for specific customers which are allowed to ship same and they have their own warehouses in Beirut free zone area. Please revert to (LB.Import@seagoline.com) to check before acceptance of this cargo for consignee other than 'Regie Libanaise Des Tabacs et Tombacs".
  • Manifest Amendments: Manifest Amendments are not allowed 2 days before vessel arrival. Any urgent amendment requests during this time need to be sent to (LB.Import@seagoline.com) for permission.
  • Cigarettes and Tobaccos: Cigarettes/ tobacco cargo can be shipped to Beirut port ONLY IF shipment is consigned to " Regie libanaise des tabacs et tombacs". However, cargo can be shipped to Beirut free zone and not Beirut port for specific customers which are allowed to ship same and they have their own warehouses in Beirut free zone area. Please revert to (LB.Import@seagoline.com) to check before acceptance of this cargo for consignee other than 'Regie Libanaise Des Tabacs et Tombacs".
  • Manifest Amendments: Manifest Amendments are not allowed 2 days before vessel arrival. Any urgent amendment requests during this time need to be sent to (LB.Import@seagoline.com) for permission.
  • Used Passenger Cars: Age of Imported Used Cars into Lebanon has to be less than 8 years. Exceptions are for cars of Limited Editions which should be checked on case by case basis before loading. A check deposit of 500 USD is mandatory before a consignee takes their delivery order. VIN or Chassis number for each vehicle MUST be 17 digits.
  • Storage Fees – Local storage fees at the port has been reduced from 15 days freetime to 9 days (i.e. from discharge date until gate out full of container). We have no control of detention days because these charges are paid directly by the consignee to the Port Authority. Additionally, they are not part of the demurrage freetime agreements.
  • Special Customs Requirement: In order to comply with local Customs rules, cargo destined to Beirut Free Zone should be clearly declared as "Beirut Free Zone" in Port of Discharge field and in "Place of Delivery" field. When the latter fields mention “Beirut Free Zone”; only then can it also be mentioned in Description and/or Consignee details.

Demurrage / Detention / Free time

Demurrage 2016

Note: These charges are subject to 10% VAT


Ports and Depots in Lebanon
Free days
DRY: 7 Calendar days
REEFER/Flat Racks/Open tops REEFER/Flat Racks/Open tops 5 Calendar days
Import Tariff Currency 20' dry 40' dry 45' dry 20' Reef/flat/open 40' Reef/flat/open
Day 8-14 (6-10 for reefers) USD 15 30 30 50 80
Day 15 and onwards (11-for reefers) USD 20 40 40 60 95

 

Demurrage(Start): The date a laden container has been discharged from the vessel to the terminal.

Demurrage (End): The day a laden container has been picked up from the terminal (gate out full date).

Manual Documentation Fee

From November 1st 2016, all shipping instruction submissions for your shipments must be submitted through My.Seagoline.com or any other online platform (EDI, INTTRA etc.).

In case that you still wish to submit the shipping instructions manually, a Manual Documentation Fee (MDF) is applied.

Email your local office

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online or contact us by phone