Al Bayan Emirati newspaper:   Dr. Shukri Ghanem, Secretary of Economy and Trade in Libya, issued a decision regulating import and export, as this decision organized the import process in various fields.

According to Resolution No. 2 of 2002, it is allowed to import all goods and merchandise permanently or temporarily, which are goods produced or manufactured for the purpose of direct consumption, as well as whether operational or semi-manufactured goods.

The decision restricted importation to the following agencies for importing goods, namely: The National Pharmaceutical Company for importing medicines, serums, vaccines and supplies, the Central Bank of Libya for importing raw gold, Brega Oil Marketing Company for importing oil derivatives, liquefied petroleum gas and gas cylinders of all sizes, and the General Company for Security Goods for importing explosives, hunting rifles and shells Lighting – underwater communication equipment and devices for the purpose of rescue. Fireworks, and the General Authority for Livestock to import veterinary pharmaceuticals.

These goods are imported in accordance with the legislation in force stipulated in the import law and by opening documentary credits.

The decision excluded some joint stock companies for importing some commodities, and public authorities are also allowed to import their operating requirements and spare parts in the same manner.

Individuals are allowed to import their passenger cars for personal use within the limits of one car per person every three years.

The new decision also allowed branches of foreign companies authorized to carry out activity in Libya to import their needs of goods and equipment within the limits of what the projects they implement.

The decision excluded the elderly over pension from importing goods and merchandise accompanied by a traveler or shipped within the limit of 5000 Libyan dinars, with exemption from the conditions for opening a documentary credit.

With regard to export, it is allowed to export all local goods, merchandise and products for the purpose of trading, and the decision authorizes the parties to initiate the export process or by the producers of the goods to be exported.

The decision also banned the export of some commodities such as iron scrap, copper, aluminum and charcoal waste.

The decision excluded medicines, medical equipment and subsidized supply goods, and non-residents in Libya are allowed to take durable goods and merchandise upon their departure from Libya within the limit of 5,000 Libyan dinars without customs, taxes or fees.

The decision stipulated that the imported goods should be good and new, and that they should conform to the health and environmental specifications, as well as the Libyan and international standard specifications, and that the imported goods should not be among the goods whose importation is prohibited.

The decision also included a special appendix for goods and merchandise whose importation is prohibited, which are:Live pigs and their meat, fats and all their derivatives, wines and alcoholic beverages of all kinds, preserved meats and foods prepared from them, animal fats for consumption, live animals and their meat except those of African origin and animal breeds for the purpose of breeding, animals, birds and fish used for decoration with the exception of African origin, and frozen fish with the exception of tuna fish for the purpose of Manufacturing, live and slaughtered poultry and birds, eggs and egg powder for the purpose of consumption, pasteurized and sterilized liquid milk, fresh and canned vegetables excluding dry legumes, cooked beans and table olives, improved seeds, mineral and natural water, sports racing cars, buses with a load of 30 passengers or more, and trucks with a load of 5-40 tons, and yachts with a power of more than 75 horses and a length of more than ten meters, tires for cars, agricultural equipment and ploughs, ribbed iron, and wireline telephones.Telephone exchanges of no less than 60 lines, school notebooks, audio tapes, paper napkins, Arabic sitting rooms, caustic soda of all kinds, PVC plastic tubes, and dog and cat food.