UK/Lebanon Shipping Rates 2019

UK ⇆ Lebanon
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Sea Freight

Port of Beirut - Lebanon

FCL rates

Lebanon 20ft container  40ft container 
Port of Beirut - مرفأ بيروت £690.00 £955.00

LCL rates

LCL shipping from our London office in Feltham TW14 post code to Lebanon ports

Total Volume * Port of Beirut
1 CBM £204.00
5 CBM £499.00
10 CBM £825.00

Air Freight

  • Delivery of cargo can vary from 3 - 7 working days form Door to airport
  • London Heathrow - Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport BEY - مطار بيروت رفيق الحريري الدولي
Destination 50 kilos 200 kilos 500 kilos
Rafic Hariri International Airport BEY £149.00 £380.00 £843.00

* Documentation surcharge applies to any shipping to Lebanon.
* For an accurate price, please use our online quotation form above and provide detailed information about your shipment requirement to Lebanon.

Exporting to Lebanon

Doing business in Lebanon: Lebanon trade and export guide

1. Lebanon export overview

Lebanon is a regional centre for trade and business due to its strategic geographical location. It’s an excellent gateway to the Middle East for exporters new to the region, due to the Lebanese business community’s strong links with its overseas residents.

UK companies present in the market include HSBC and the Beirut Container Terminal Consortium (BCTC), which is a joint venture between a Lebanese group and Mersey Docks and Harbour.

Benefits for UK businesses exporting to Lebanon include:

  • Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) signed by UK and Lebanon
  • no exchange regulations
  • English widely spoken

Strengths of the Lebanese market include:

  • large financial sector
  • well educated and highly skilled workforce

2. Challenges

Although the business climate in Lebanon continues to improve, obstacles remain.

Challenges include:

  • bureaucracy
  • lack of clarity and transparency in tax administration
  • tax burden
  • poor infrastructure
  • corruption (ranked 136th in the Corruption Perceptions Index)

3. Growth potential

3.1 Economic growth

The economy has been largely unaffected by the global financial crisis. Lebanon’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was USD 47.5 billion in 2014. GDP is expected to reach USD 54.81 billion by 2030, with an annual growth rate of 2.8%.

Lebanon has a liberal economic system in which the private sector plays a dominant role.

Priority sectors for economic development include:

  • oil and gas
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • infrastructure
  • defence
  • education
3.2 Trade agreements

Lebanon is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It’s also a member of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA)

4. UK and Lebanon trade

UK exports to Lebanon reached £498.2 million in 2014.

The UK’s main exports to Lebanon are:

  • engines
  • food and drink
  • luxury goods
  • clothing

5. Opportunities for UK businesses in Lebanon

5.1 Oil and gas

Onshore seismic surveys are on-going with promising preliminary reports.

Opportunities for UK companies include:

  • surveying
  • infrastructure design and construction
  • extraction management
  • infrastructure servicing and maintenance
  • corporate services and insurance
  • health and safety systems
  • oil trading regulation and services
  • shipping and pipeline management
5.2 Food and drink

UK products make up around 14% of Lebanon’s total food and drink total imports. Alcohol is widely consumed. 49% of imported drinks are alcoholic beverages.

Prepared foodstuffs make up a large proportion of Lebanon’s food imports.

Opportunities for UK companies include:

  • alcoholic beverages
  • confectionary
  • organic products
5.3 Fashion and retail

Beirut is the fashion capital of the Middle East. Lebanese society is a consumption oriented society with a tendency to spend on high end and premium goods.

Franchising has proven successful in Lebanon for UK brands. There are franchising opportunities for international UK brands, which are still not available in the market.

5.4 Healthcare

The Lebanese healthcare market is worth over USD 4.88 billion per annum and is expected to expand 7 to 8% per year.

The standard of medical care in Lebanon is one of the highest in the region. Lebanon’s private sector hospitals are constantly seeking to improve their services and upgrade their equipment.

Lebanon spends 7% of GDP on healthcare, the highest rate in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Around 95% of pharmaceutical products are imported.

There are opportunities for UK healthcare companies to supply:

  • consultancy
  • high-tech medical equipment
  • pharmaceuticals
5.5 Education

At 90%, Lebanon has the highest literacy rate in the Arab world. 10% of the government’s budget is spent on education.

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s (MEHE) main priorities are to support ICT in the education system.

The UK is the fourth most popular destination for Lebanese students. More than 50% of students pursue their higher education in English.

Opportunities for UK companies include:

  • English language training centres
  • partnership with UK companies
  • education technology equipment

6. Start-up considerations

UK companies are advised to appoint a local agent or distributor, rather than attempt to sell direct. One agent is usually able to cover the whole market.

UK companies can also:

The main methods of payment in Lebanon are irrevocable Letters of Credit and cash in advance.

Open account payment terms are increasingly popular in established business relationships. However, care should be taken in extending credit terms until the reliability of the organisation is established.

7.1 Standards and technical regulations

LIBNOR, Lebanon’s standards institution, has responsibility for standard, regulations and granting use of the Lebanese Conformity Mark (NL Mark).

National standards cover all products in the following sectors:

  • agro-food
  • chemicals
  • construction
  • mechanical, electro technical and electromechanical
7.2 Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

The Office of Protection and Commercial and Industrial Property at the Ministry of Economy and Trade has responsibility for IPR.

Lebanon has signed the main international copyright convention known as the Berne Convention. Lebanese copyright law provides protection for artistic, dramatic, musical, photographic and cinematographic works. However, copyright infringements are common.

8. Tax and customs considerations

An Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement between the UK and Lebanon has been in force since September 2001.

8.1 Value Added TAX (VAT)

The VAT rate is 10%.

8.2 Corporate tax

Corporate income tax is 15%.

8.3 Income tax

The personal income tax rate in Lebanon is 20%.

8.4 Customs

Lebanese Customs provides a guide to customs law, procedures and regulations.

8.5 Documentation

An original invoice which is manually or electronically signed and a Certificate of Origin are required for customs. It must include:

  • name of the seller and buyer
  • cost
  • goods description
  • quantity

There must also be a statement that the goods do not originate from Israel. The ship carrying the goods must not have docked at an Israeli port.

Lebanon freight options