Lebanon free zones

Register a free zone Lebanese company

  • The Lebanese government operates three Free Trade Zones: i) the Port of Beirut’s Free Trade Zone ii) the Port of Tripoli’s Free Trade Zone and iii) Selaataa’s Free Trade Zone;
  • Starting a free zone company in Lebanon provides businesses with advantages including: i) custom exemptions on imports and exports and ii) subsidized warehousing space;
  • In order to conduct operations in the FTZs, a company must i) apply to the relevant Port Authority and ii) provide a security deposit representing 1 year of warehousing rental.
Free zone comparisonPort of Beirut FTZPort of Tripoli FTZSelaataa FTZ
FTZs used mostly by which industry?Shipping and packingShipping and packingShipping and packing
Average annual warehousing space rent per 1000 sq. m.US$20,000US$10,000US$8,000
How long to set the company up?4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks
How long to open company bank account?4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks
Quality of utilitiesExcellentGoodAverage
Allowed to invoice Lebanon Clients?YesYesYes
Corporate tax payable in Lebanon15%15%15%
Corporate bank account?YesYesYes
Physical office space requiredNoNoNo
Allowed to import raw materials?YesYesYes
Allowed to export goods?YesYesYes
Can be wholly foreign ownedYesYesYes
Can the entity hire expatriate staff in Lebanon?YesYesYes
Minimum number of directors111
Minimum number of shareholders333
Tax registration certificate requiredYesYesYes
Individual shareholders allowedYesYesYes
Corporate shareholders allowedYesYesYes
Corporate director(s) allowedYesYesYes
LLC company allowed?YesYesYes
Annual audited financial statementsYesYesYes

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For additional information on our free zone company registration services in Lebanon, please contact our in-house country expert, Ms. Jaya Thevathasan, directly:
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