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Import/Export

United States to Lebanon

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Lebanon. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Customs transfers compact discs (CD's) and other audio and visual materials to the censor prior to clearance. All CDs must be clearly declared on the Air Waybill (AWB).
Expect a clearance delay of 3 to 6 days.
Milk Products

Milk products require authorization from the Ministry of Health

Customs transfers diskettes and other audio and visual materials to the censor prior to clearance. All diskettes must be clearly declared on the Air Waybill (AWB).
Expect a clearance delay of 3 to 6 days.
Medicine shipments require authorization from the Ministry of Health. Shipments to private individuals requires a proforma invoice and a doctor's prescription before clearance can take place. The invoice should state "for personal use only".
Labels must have instructions and an expiration date, if applicable.
The consignees broker must obtain approval from the Ministry of Health on arrival, prior to Customs clearance.
Shipments of medicine require authorization from the Ministry of Health.

Shipments of medicine to private individuals require a pro forma invoice and a doctor's prescription for Customs clearance. The invoice must state "for personal use only."

Lebanese Authorities are now requesting special formalities for Mobile Phones and wireless devices.

Such items will have to be approved by the Minister of Post and Telecoms and in some cases by the Ministry of Defense as well.

Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation) A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only A photocopy of passport or ID card Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Customs transfers tapes (audio, video, or magnetic) and other audio and visual materials to the censor prior to clearance. All tapes must be clearly declared on the Air Waybill (AWB).
Expect a clearance delay of 3 to 6 days.
Thouraya telephones require approval from the Ministry of Telecoms prior to entry. The consignee should provide this approval in order to arrange for the clearance.
Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Lebanon.

Cash letters are prohibited.
Import of Electronic Cigarettes is prohibited.
Goods originating in Israel are prohibited.
Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country or territory.

Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.

Military equipment is prohibited. Contact the destination country or territory if there is any doubt about the commodity classification
Negotiable bonds and drafts are prohibited.
Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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