Export to Libya
  • Prohibited items to export to Libya are all alcohol products as well as the export of obscene literature, pork, pork products and any kind of related products. All goods made in Israel are prohibited for to enter Libya. The export of dogs and cats necessitate two veterinary health certificate and a rabies inoculation card.
  • The following commodities are on the prohibited items to be exported to Libya, which need to be verified from Libyan Authorities before exported: mineral water, fruit juices, instant tea, certain types of coffee, green vegetables, poultry, preserved meat and vegetables, peanuts, oriental rugs, soaps, envelops, crystal chandeliers, toys guns, luxury cars, and furs.

Commercial invoice: one copy signed by the exporter showing full details of the contents and packing, the terms of sales, itemised expenses and CIF or CFR value is required. Invoices must be certified by the appropriate chamber of commerce and then legalised by consular authorities.

Certificate of origin: the certificate of origin must be certified by the appropriate chamber of commerce and then presented to the consulate for legalisation. If the products contain any foreign components, the country of origin and the percentage of the foreign components must be indicated. The certificate of origin must also specify that goods are consigned to a Libyan company or the like or the vessel or air carrier will not call and does not intend to call at any Israeli ports.

Bill of lading: The bill of lading is required for all freight shipments. Identification marks and name and address of consignee should be shown clearly. The port of destination, the listing of the freight, and other charges, the number of the bills of lading and the date and signature of the carrier’s official acknowledging receipt on board of the goods for shipment Should also be indicated on the bill of lading. Quantities, weight and values should agree with those shown on the commercial invoice. The importer should specify the number of bills of lading required. Two copies of the airway bill are required for air cargo shipments.

Packing list: A packing list is recommended in order to expedite clearance at the port of entry. The list should include shipping marks and numbers in order to facilitate the identification of each package and its contents. All these information must correspond to those written on the commercial invoices and on the packing. Any Arab consulate except for the Egyptian consulate may handle consular legalisation.

HALAL Certificate: For all meat products (to get more details about HALAL Certification please check HALAL section in the Irish Islamic Chamber of Commerce Website).

Bona fide samples of no commercial value may be admitted duty-free. Exhibition samples in fairs are admitted duty-free. Printed advertising matter is dutiable. Only Arabic script may be used in Libya for all names of shops and buildings, as well as for display signs, posters, tickets, and cards.

Businessmen are not allowed to carry trade samples with them into Libya. Samples should be consigned to an agent.

Standards and special formalities:

Libya is member of the African Regional Organisation for Standardisation, which harmonises standards for member states.

Foodstuffs: Standards specifications are essential for all imported food products and processed foodstuffs according to a notice from the Council for Nutrition Affairs and maritime Wealth. The standards must be registered with the proper authorities in Libya. The notice also specifies that the date of manufacture and especially the expiry date and storage and preservation conditions should be indicated in Arabic on the packaging. Trademarks should be shown clearly. Fresh egg imports must be stamped with the name of the exporting company and with the name of the country of origin and the date of production.

Labeling and marking: Goods and containers should be labelled and marked clearly to facilitate accurate identification of the items listed on the bill of lading and on the packing list. It is recommended that that packages show the name of the consignee and the port from which they are being shipped. It is advisable that labels attached to goods be printed in Arabic.

Packing: Goods should be packed adequately so as to withstand rough handling, pilferage, and bad weather conditions.