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Lebanon Importer of Record and IT Shipping

Lebanon Importer of Records must navigate MoT approval, IRI requirements, and Certificates of Origin to facilitate quick and easy shipping.

Lebanon Importer of Record at a Glance:

Importer of Record 

  • Your Importer of Record provider will need to procure Certificates of Conformity as well as obtain approvals from the Ministry of Telecommunications, the Ministry of Economics, and the Industrial Research Institute

IT Shipping & Logistics 

  • Lebanon does not allow used goods 
  • The overall import process from the U.S. into Lebanon will take two to three weeks

Importer of Record and Pre-Shipment Documentation 

Ministry of Telecommunications and Ministry of Economics

These two entities are largely responsible for the approval of telecommunications equipment shipments into Lebanon. You will need to make sure your hardware shipment is cleared with both agencies before your equipment is shipped out. Approval typically takes one working week for both but they can be done simultaneously. 

IRI Approval 

The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) of Lebanon is the body responsible for providing standards, inspections, and certifications for equipment in Lebanon. Your equipment will have to be approved by the institute and the necessary documentation will need to be procured by your Importer of Record service. If your equipment has not already received certification from IRI, it is best to find equipment that already has it. Obtaining proper IRI documentation takes roughly one working week. 

Certificate of Origin

Equipment being shipped into Lebanon will require a Certificate of Origin (COO). The certificate helps establish the origin and authenticity of the equipment. 

Origin of Equipment
The “origin” of equipment may differ based on the country and regulatory agency you are working with. Origin may refer to the origin of the importer, the origin of the purchase of the equipment, or the origin of the manufacturing of the equipment.

You should consult an importer service on a case by case basis for all your shipments globally.

IT Shipping & Logistics 

Lebanon does not allow the import of used goods. If you are looking to import IT hardware into Lebanon, you should buy the equipment new and ensure in its original packaging. 

The shipping process takes a couple of weeks, door to data center. The process of importing into Lebanon may take slightly longer for a number of reasons. First, the restrictions on imports into Lebanon placed both by Lebanese Customs and the potential for U.S. restrictions require diligent and detail-oriented attention by the shipper. Second, wide-body aircraft, especially from the U.S. is less frequent and may not be available immediately. 

FGX manages all of our client’s shipments door-to-door (or door-to-data center). This case study showcases how we navigated IT logistics and importation into Lebanon at the time that it was written. Regulations and challenges are constantly changing and exact shipping requirements may have changed. To learn more about FGX and how our global shipping platform can help your company, reach out here.