Libyan law requires that all cargo transported to Libya (included transit cargo) must include an Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) with the Bill of Lading (BOL) and the Cargo Manifest. This regulation is active from October 1st 2015 (BOL date) and was initiated by the State of Libya by the Minister or Finance and Director of Customs.
Each ETCN will have a unique number which must be shown on the BOL and Cargo Manifest. The ECTN must be issued by the shipper or forwarder at the Port of Loading. Cargo not covered by a valid Electronic Cargo Tracking Note will not clear customs (until a valid ECTN is show) and will result in costly penalties and/or fines.
Libya ECTN Validation:
- Electronic Cargo Tracking Notes must be submitted to Antaser for validation at the Port of Loading.
- Failure to have ECTN validated will result in cargo not clearing customs and appropriate fines
On the 10th May 2015 The Governor of the Central Bank of Libya published Resolution No.96 which requires all Libyan imports to include a Certificate of Inspection (COI). The pre-shipment inspection is used to confirm the cargo transported to Libya is the same cargo (in terms of quantity, quality and value) as described in the Letter of Credit. The Central Bank of Libya requires the Certificate of Inspection be presented on import for any shipments financed through a Letter of Credit.
Goods Prohibited from Import:
- Weapons, ammunition and explosives (this includes toy guns)
- Knifes and other deadly weapons
- Illegal Drugs
- Pork and pork products
- Animals and pets (unless permission granted)
- Plants and plan products (unless permission granted)
- Tea and coffee
- Mineral water
- Counterfeit money and products
- Pornographic materials
- Mineral water
- Luxury cards
- Oriental rugs
- All display signs, cards and tickets being transported and displayed within Libya must be written in Arabic in order to clear customs
- All alcohol and alcoholic drinks are banned from Libya
- Plant and plant products being shipped to Libya need to include a plant quarantine certificate
- Insecticides can only be imported with a permit from the Secretariat of Agricultural Reclamation and Agrarian Reform’s Plant Protection Department
- Cats and dogs imported into Libya need to include two veterinary health certificated from the country of origin and a rabies vaccination certificate
- All goods of Israeli origin are completely banned from entering Libya
- Fresh egg important must be stamped with the name of the export company with the name of the Country of Origin and the production date.
- Pork and pork products are complete prohibited from entering Libya