Exporting IT Equipment to Lebanon Requires a Logistics Partner Who Understands the Regulatory Landscape
Rapid globalization has dictated the need for businesses to be able to function in vastly different countries. Often the political climate of the region can further complicate one’s ability to do business. Our client needed to ship CISCO servers to their remote office in Beirut. Lebanon has commercial sanctions in place from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the US Treasury Department. Our due diligence as a logistics partner includes advising our client that prior to exporting, the consignee must be thoroughly vetted. As part of this process, FGX vetted the consignee as well as the associated contact through the following government lists:
• Consolidated Screening List (CSL): a list of parties for which the United States Government maintains restrictions on certain exports, re-exports or transfers of items.
• Specially Designated Nationals List (SDNL): a list of parties who may be prohibited from export transactions based on OFAC’s regulations.
• Denied Persons List (DSL): a list of individuals and entities that have been denied export privileges.
FGX took steps to ensure that the consignee was not on any of the screening lists, then made arrangements to execute the shipment via our Importer of Record (IOR) service into Lebanon. FGX prepared detailed packing lists and customs documentation and ensured that they were compliant with the strict regulations typical of Middle Eastern countries.
Once FGX ensured that all documentation would be approved by customs through our pre-clearance process, we tendered the equipment on a flight to Beirut. In order to minimize delays at customs in Beirut, FGX made arrangements for duty & tax invoices to be paid in advance of the shipment arriving at the destination airport. Upon arrival, the shipment was cleared and delivered within 5 business days.