Transit times when shipping to Lebanon
The time it takes your shipment to get to Lebanon is typically based on where you are sending it from and how you are shipping it. A lot of times you can pay a little extra and have it expedited, but other times you can not, such as larger loads being shipped via ocean cargo holds. If time is of the essence, discuss this with your shipping company to see what options you have available.
Shipping destinations in Lebanon
The main port that welcomes ocean cargo freight liners into Lebanon is the port of Beirut, which is where Customs will take their inventory and assess any duties that need to be paid. The sender can ship to pretty much any location within Lebanon, but the major cities like Beirut or Zahle will get much faster delivery service than the smaller areas such as Laboue. Some mountain towns may be required to go to a larger city nearby to collect their parcel at a centralized location so it is best to check before shipping so you alert your recipient if needed.
Shipping limitations to Lebanon
There is a long, ever changing list of items that are prohibited to be shipped in Lebanon. These items include, but are not limited to: acids, gases, flammable materials, all kinds of liquor, paints, perfumes, tobacco and toiletries. In addition to these prohibited items, there is another list of items that have a restricted assess to the country, meaning that they will require special permission, certificates and/ or permits to be allowed into Lebanon. These items include, but are not limited to: live plants, cut flowers, explosives, firearms, and live animals. In many cases, the Lebanon Customs department will allow these restricted items in the country only if they come from a certain location like cut flowers are permitted from Canada but not Israel for example.