2. Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement (EMP)
Lebanon signed an Association Agreement with the EU in June 2002, which entered into force in April 2006. As a result, Lebanese agriculture and processed products are exempted from all customs duties and any other charges upon entry into to the European Union.
- Agriculture products
- Agri-food products
- Industrial Products
You may check the website of the Ministry of Economy and Trade
to identify all of the products that are exempted from customs duties
under the EU Mediterranean Trade Agreement signed by Lebanon.
Benefits of the Euro-Mediterranean Association agreement for Lebanese exporters:
- Duty-free access for eligible products to 27 EU countries
- Significant competitive tariff advantages over countries that are not part of this agreement and that don’t have a Free Trade Agreement with the EU
- Encouragement of trade and investment as well as technology transfer between Lebanon and the EU countries.
To be eligible for customs duty exemptions, Lebanese exports need to be accompanied by a certificate of origin which is called EURO.1, which proves goods that are entitled to duty free treatment because they comply with the European or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) rules of origin. This certificate is available at the Customs Department and at the Chamber of Commerce. The certificate must be typed in English and must include the exporters’ signature and seal. In order to be valid, the Customs Department must also stamp the certificate.