Moving Overseas to Lebanon
If you are moving to or from Lebanon from the United States, there is plenty to consider before you trek across the globe. With so much to prepare for, the last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of your complicated move.
International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to Lebanon as seamless as possible by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods and much more!
How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Lebanon
First, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a personal consultation, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on specific criteria, such as:
- Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Lebanon?
- Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying?
- Your family/household size. Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?
- Cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?
What Will Moving to Lebanon Cost?
For an accurate estimate of your shipment size, you should schedule a home survey as early as possible for your move to Lebanon. Our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best potential estimate to expedite your relocation. The cost of moving to Lebanon will vary considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.
Don't forget to ask about our overseas packing and custom crating services, too!
Though the Middle Eastern country's borders with Syria and Israel remain unresolved, Lebanon also shares a border with the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon is only about one-third the size of the state of Maryland, making it the smallest country in continental Asia.
The country of Lebanon is predominantly Arab, featuring Arabic as the official language and Muslim as the most common religious affiliation. Its capital of Beirut is located on a peninsula on Lebanon's Mediterranean coast, which makes it the country's main seaport and largest metropolitan area.
Can't wait to get started with your international move to Lebanon? Find out what you'll need to clear Customs!
Custom Regulations for Lebanon:
- Original passport (must not indicate any previous travel to Israel)
- Original Bill of Lading / Air Waybill
- Detailed packing list (notarized by Lebanese Embassy at origin)
- Sales contract / lease agreement (notarized by municipality)
- Employment contract with Lebanese company
- Work permit (issued by the Lebanese Labor Office)
- Residence permit (issued by the Lebanese General Security Office)
- Certificate of change of residence (notarized the Lebanese Embassy at origin)
- Proof of residency abroad for a minimum of three years (notarized by Lebanese Embassy at origin, returning citizens only)
- Moving certificate (stating you are returning to live in Lebanon indefinitely, notarized by Lebanese Embassy-returning citizens only)
- Yellow fever vaccination confirmation
If your relocation to Lebanon is permanent, you are allowed to import both personal items (clothing, jewelry, toiletries) and household items (furniture, rugs, linens, bedding, dishes) under the following conditions:
- The shipment must arrive within three months of the customer's arrival
- Customer must be present at time of customs clearance
- Used personal effects and household goods may be imported duty free with required documents
- Returning citizens may import goods free once in a lifetime
- New items (personal and household belongings) are dutiable
- The name of the shipper must match identically on the passport and bill of lading
- All shipments are subject to inspection
- Telephones, fax machines, satellite dishes (require approval from Ministry of Defense)
- Books, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, records (require inspection by General Security office)
- Food (require Visa from Ministry of Agriculture, Health and Economy & inspection by Agricultural Research Institute)
- Firearms, ammunition, decorative weapons (require prior licensing from Ministry of Communications and Defense)
MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS
- Illegal drugs, narcotics
- Pornographic publications, videos or software
- Anti-religious materials
- Knives and swords
If you plan on shipping your vehicle with you to Lebanon, you'll need experienced international automobile shippers who know the laws and customs regulations. To import a vehicle into Lebanon, you must mind these conditions:
Here are the documents you'll need:
- Vehicle must be newer than eight years old
- Diesel vehicles are prohibited
- All automobiles are subject to duties
PETS AND ANIMAL REGULATIONS
- Original title and registration
- Purchase invoice (Lebanese Embassy must notarize)
- Bill of Lading (must indicate make, model, engine and chassis numbers, weight and color)
DUTY AND TAX RATE PERCENTAGE
- Health certificate (obtained from licensed veterinarian)
- Up-to-date vaccination certificate, rabies included (obtained within a year of arrival)
All customs declarations must include:
In Lebanon, roughly 83 percent of imported goods are subject to duties less than or equal to five percent. The duty may vary based on the nature of the item and its origin. Acceptable methods of payment include cash and credit; payment delays may be granted in some circumstances. There is also a 10 percent tax on CIF, in addition to duties.
- Original invoice
- Detailed item list (if not already included on bill)
- Copy of Bill of Lading
NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International Sea & Air Shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.
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Motto : All for the country, for the glory, for the flag|
Capital : Beirut
National Anthem : "Lebanese National Anthem"
Location : Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria
Area : Total : 10,400 sq km
Land : 10,230 sq km
Climate : Mediterranean; mild to cool, wet winters with hot, dry summers; Lebanon mountains experience heavy winter snows
Water : 170 sq km
Nationality : Lebanese (singular and plural)
Population : 4,143,101 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : BEIRUT (capital) 1.909 million (2009)
Languages : Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
GDP : $58.65 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Lebanese pounds (LBP) per US dollar - 1,507.5 (2010), 1,507.5 (2009), 1,507.5 (2008), 1,507.5 (2007), 1,507.5 (2006)
Airports : 7 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 6,970 km
Waterways : N/A
Ports & Terminals : Beirut, Tripoli