Customs Attaché

Definition of the Libyan Customs Authority

A regular civil authority affiliated to the Ministry of Finance shall carry out and follow up policies and decisions concerning import and export operations, customs and security controls at land, air and sea ports, control all goods exported to the country, collect customs duties and other taxes, combat smuggling and prevent the entry of prohibited goods in accordance with applicable laws, In this regard play a major role directly in support of the economy of the country, it is one of the source of funding the state treasury, and maintain the security and safety of the community. The Libyan Customs Authority is a member of the World Customs Organisation, to which Libya adhered since January11th, 1983.


1- Protection of local production and encouragement of local industries by implementing laws and decrees granting exemption or reduction of duties and customs taxes on raw materials in national industries, machinery, equipment and production equipment used in the process of manufacturing according to certain rules and encouraging exportation.

2. Facilitate the movement of trade exchange between Libya and other countries through the conclusion of bilateral and collective agreements that facilitate the movement of individuals, the flow of goods and the development of means to facilitate administrative procedures. It aims to reduce costs and shorten the time for all customs related activities and provide data and information on the foreign trade movement to the beneficiary at the local and international levels.

3 - Collection of customs duties prescribed in the customs tariff and other fees and taxes as sources of important public revenues of the State Treasury.

4 - Control the movement of passengers and goods and means of transport crossing the borders of Libya within the limits of customs stipulated in the legislation in force and the application of  preventive measures and control transit movement in cooperation with other countries.

5 - To detect and control smuggling attempts throughout Libya, including the hidden smuggling in documents, such as manipulation of the value and numbers, weights, measurements or tariff items outside the customs services and to prevent the entry of goods prohibited entry.

6 - Work on the detection of drug dealers, follow them, and thwart their operations as a contribution to the protection of society and the environment from this dangerous phenomenon and is the scourge of the era.

7 - Work to raise the cultural and scientific level of customs and provide the necessary support to protect them from external influences and provide a decent life for them to work with the highest degree of efficiency.

·  Documents to be met by customs declaration

First: importing

(1). The original delivery order and a copy thereof.
(2)  A detailed original invoice certified by Article 36 of the Customs Law.

These include:

* Name of importer
* Invoice number and date
* Source Name
* Item Type and marks
* Specifying standard specifications in terms of (size - weight - power - quantity)
* Depending on the nature of the commodity and the unit of measurement used in the valuation lists.

* In the case of multi-item invoices, each price must be listed as its own commodity.

* Insert shipping type (FOB - C & F - CIF)
(3)  Certificate of origin certified by the country of origin, as stated in administrative decision No. 8 of 1977
(4)  The original policy or a copy thereof certified by the maritime agent.
(5)  A form of bank transfer for commercial goods, as stated in Resolution No. 300 of 1374 issued by the General People's Committee.
(6)  Statistical code.
(7)  Detailed packing list.

Second: exporting:-

(1) The certificate of establishment of the Chamber of Commerce.
(2) Invoice.
(3) Exporters card.
(4) Statistical code.
(5) An undertaking regarding the supply of value with the Bank


1. Any goods entering or leaving the country of Libya shall be submitted for approval and submitted to the nearest customs center in accordance with customs regulations, Article 24 of the Customs Law.

2. This resolution shall include all information, clarifications and elements that enable the application of customs regulations and the collection of taxes, according to the Article 58 of the Customs Law.

3. The source of the goods is the country from which it is directly imported, according to article 31 of the Customs Code.

4. Customs shall have the right to demand documents, contracts, correspondence and other matters relating to the transaction, according to Article 36 of the Customs Law

 Items that are not allowed to be supplied

Decree of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Investment No. 9 of 1376
 The following items are strictly prohibited:

* Live pigs, meat, grease, leather and all its derivatives

* Wines, alcoholic beverages of all kinds

* Preserved meat, prepared foods and animal fats for the purpose of human consumption

* Table eggs prepared for direct consumption, poultry and live and slaughtered birds except ancestors and mothers of poultry for the purpose of education.

*Fresh fruits Citrus, grapes, figs, apricots, melons, dates, plums, peaches, olive oil, fresh vegetables, dried and prepared for consumption except dry legumes.

* Natural mineral water.

* Automotive engines, tires and spare parts.

* Bread improvers containing potassium (potassium bromate)

Customs procedures for the traveler


Upon entry to Libya, the passenger must acknowledge the luggage in his / her possession. Passenger luggage is accepted without any special procedures and without customs taxes or any other fees, subject to inspection, and any person coming to Libya or traveling to Libya may carry it for personal consumption.

 * Tobacco:-

   -The traveler must take the amount of tobacco not exceeding 400 grams.

* Spirits:-

  - It is forbidden carry spirits in any way.

** Note
Goods carried out by tourists and passers-by that are beyond the limits of exemption can be released without any customs taxes and other taxes and fees provided that a financial guarantee or bank guarantee or written undertaking is given, as determined by the competent customs director or are re-export within 90 days from the Releasing date.

* Pets:

Pets accompanying the traveler require a health certificate.

* Wild animals and plants:

Some species of endangered wild animals and plants protected under the Convention on International Trade related to Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora are subject to importation according to the certificate granted by the country of origin.

* Weapons: -

- The importation of arms and ammunition is absolutely prohibited.

- Hunting rifles

* Cars and motorcycles: -

- For vehicles and motorcycles registered abroad which are imported by tourists for their own use, they can be supplied without collecting customs duties and fees provided that the international security document recognized in the State of Libya is submitted and that vehicles or motorcycles are re-exported within a period not exceeding ninety days from the date of their release. 

The competent customs director may request a financial guarantee, without prejudice to the measures imposed by the other parties in particular. 

- For cars and motorbikes registered abroad, which are accompanied by foreign workers working in Libya, they can be released temporarily and without collecting customs duties and fees, provided that a written waiver or international guarantee document recognized in  Libya is provided with a letter from the importing body stating that cars and motorbikes are to be used for work and to be re-exported within a period not exceeding ninety days from the date of release.

* Audio visual equipment:

Each passenger can temporarily carry out a camera or video camera provided that they used for personal purposes. For cameras, film and recorders carried out by journalists, foreign correspondents, news agencies and radio stations. Can be supplied under the temporary release system without the collection of customs taxes and fees.

* The currency:-

- Subject to the requirement of reporting to the Customs.

* Absolute prohibitions
It is absolutely forbidden to carry out some special materials:

• Explosives and fireworks

• Drugs.

• Publications and journals that have an impact on morality and morals.

 * Customs Law (in this link)

 * Tariffs             (in this link)

Bilateral agreements

* Bilateral agreements between Libya and other countries ((Download here))

* Working paper for the file of the League of Arab States and the Arab Free Trade Area (Download here)

 * Links.

World Customs Organization

Libyan Customs Department affiliated to the Ministry of Finance