For more information on the other documents or the procedures required by the other authorities such as the measures of prohibition, the import license, the certificates and all other conditions, it is necessary to refer to the "Restrictions and Prohibitions-Circular 1" accessible on the website of the Lebanese customs and from the offices customs.
Ground transport: Lebanon is endowed with 2 international freeways, one following the coast from north to south and the second eastward, "the Arabic freeway". There is also an archaic railroad line which was severely damaged by the civil war, the reconstruction of which would be difficult because of the violations of private property on this line.
Sea transport: there are several ports. Currently among them, the two mostly operated are the port of Beirut and the port of Tripoli
Air transport: Beirut International Airport was reconstructed during the 90's, with a capacity of 6 million passengers and is the only international airport in the country. The Trans-Mediterranean Airways - TMA based at Beirut airport is the only one authorized in the transport of cargoes.
The biggest companies, employing more than 50 persons, represent less than 1 % of the total number of industries in the country. Furthermore, the Lebanese industry is mainly detained by families and thus very fragmented. One of the major challenges in this sector will be to improve the quality of the production. Indeed, the regional competition is strong, in particular after the opening of certain bordering countries such as Syria and Jordan. Simultaneously, the production costs of Lebanese products are high and make them uncompetitive in the export. High costs are due to the workforce education level, often high, the cost of social security contribution and energy costs.
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