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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) - Humanitarian Import Process from Tunisia into Libya

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OVERVIEW

Ras Ajdir, alternatively named Ras Jdir or Ras Ejder, is the main and most used border crossing between Tunisia (Ben Gardane-Medenine governorate) and Libya (Nuqat al Khams district), and Libya's most northerly point (GPS coord: 33.1481°N 11.5663°E).

The nearest towns are Zarzis, 78 km from the border on the Tunisian side, and Zwarah, 60 km on the Libyan side.

This border is widely used for the transport of humanitarian commodities and commercial shipments between Tunisia and Libya.

BORDER CROSSING GENERAL INFORMATION

• The official working hours are from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. The border is closed on Friday on the Libyan side, and on Sunday on the Tunisian side. Humanitarian and emergency shipments may be processed outside working days/hours.

• Due to the high volume of cargo and passenger traffic, the border has separate lanes for trucks and priority is given to the humanitarian shipments. Normal customs capacity is 70 trucks cleared per day (unless heavily congested).

• All goods are inspected at the border and samples are taken for analysis, depending on the type of commodities. Results of the analysis are usually released within 5 working days.

• Based on an agreement between the Tunisian and Libyan governments, any food item manufactured in Tunis with a Tunisian Certificate of Conformity, can be imported into Libya without undergoing any further testing by Libyan authorities, and vice versa.