Port of Misrata, also known as Port of Qasr Ahmed, is one of the most important ports in Libya due to its location and developed equipment. It is a commercial port serving Misrata city and the neighbouring cities, and it has been ranked as one of the best-operated seaports in Libya. The port has become a main destination for many international transport lines. The port capacity is 6,000,000 mt per year, with a maximum draft of 11m and a total berth lenght of 3,550m. The port includes a free zone established in 1978, with a total area of 300 ha. The port receives different types of commodities such as food, livestock, containers, petroleum and oil products. The port is currently under a process of development and modernization with the objective of constructing additional berths with a total length of 2,250m, draft of 13m, to be able to receive 4 million containers per year.
Port Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Port
Distance: 12 km
Port's Complete Name
Libyan Ports Company
Management Contact Person
Ezzeddin Alhussein Zableh
Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures
The Port of Misrata is managed and operated by The Misrata Free Zone.
For information on Port of Misrata contact details, please see the following link: 4.3 Libya Port and Waterways Company Contact List
Generally, the port working hours are Saturday to Thursday 8:00 am to 12:00 am for handling and ground operations, and 24/7 for marine operations.
Major Import Campaigns
Handling Figures for 2017
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2017
Break bulk (MT)
*Tonnage includes container weight, net weight is not available.
For information about port rates and charges, visit the Misrata Free Zone website.
|20 ft container||40 ft container|
|100.00 LYD||200.00 LYD|
Costs exclude storage services.
Type of Berth
10A, 11, 11A, 12, 13, 14, 16
These services are provided by shipping agencies.
For more information on available berths visit the Misrata Free Zone website.
Imports - Bagged Cargo
10A, 11, 11A, 12,13,14
Exports - Bagged Cargo
10A, 11, 11A, 12,13,14
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
3 of 100mt and 8 of 60mt
2 of STC 45mt
RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)
Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines
Container Facilities Available
Open storage yards of 60 ha
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Covered storage warehouses of 67,500m2.
Daily Take Off Capacity
Max. capacity is 3,000 containers (20/40 ft.)
Number of Reefer Stations
500 connection points for 20/40 ft.
Emergency Take-off Capacity
3,000 containers (20/40 ft.) per day
According to the national legislation, all humanitarian cargo is exempted from duties and taxes. The exemption letter/certificate should be obtained from MOFA and sent to the port authority prior to shipment arrival. Once the customs clearance agent provides all clearance documents and finalizes the normal process, the shipment will be temporarily released and transported (the shipment would be escorted by customs police) to the organization’s warehouse. Normally it takes 1-3 working days to temporarily clear the shipment.
The warehouse will be closed and sealed until the Food and Drug Control Centre tests the commodities and confirms the compliance of the shipment with Libyan standards, thus, issuing the final release.
The port customs working hours are Saturday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Customs can keep running with limited activities out of the working hours and holidays, based on the need.
Documentation for the Duties and Taxes Exemption Certificate
The following documents are required to apply for the Duties and Taxes Exemption Certificate for humanitarian cargo.
- 1x original and 1x copy of Bill of Lading
- 1x original commercial invoice certified by the Chamber of Commerce in English
- 1x original Certificate of Origin, certified by the Chamber of Commerce, translated into Arabic and legalized by the respective Embassy
- 1x master packing list
- 1x detailed packing-list
RORO facilities: berth and storage area are available.
GRAIN AND BULK HANDLING
The available handling option at the port is to discharge grain and bulk directly to trucks or any mobile tanks to store outside of the port.
MAIN STORAGE TERMINAL
There are nine warehouses with total a total storage area of 67,000 m²
Open storage yards have an area of 60 hectares.
A silo with available capacity up to 40,000mt.
Number of Storage Facilities
Up to 500 units
All cleared items are moved out of the port by private trucks. The trucks are categorized by size and type, are assigned with a sequence number, and all are recorded in a waiting list. The trucks movement process is managed by the Union of Trucks
The port has 24/7 security guards at the main gates and patrol boats. The port is equipped with surveillance cameras covering storage areas. The risk of vessels conducting unofficial operations at the port is assessed to be low.
Current ISPS Level