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Overview


Ras Ajdir is the main and most dynamic border between Tunisia and Libya. Most of the humanitarian aids and commercial shipments between Tunisia and Libya go through this border. 

 From Tunisian side, there are the customs office and Tunisian National Tourist Office there. The free zone and the port are 78 km far from the border, and different facilities such as weighbridge scale and fuel station are available around.  

 From Libyan Side: the custom office available to facilitate and organize the custom clearance process at the border. 

 The facilities such as weighbridge scale, fuel stations are available in Zintan.  

 The main challenges that might impede the influx of the goods are:

  •  The border closure every now and then due to security issues in Libya, or admin issues in both sides. 
  • The unclear/conflict custom clearance procedures at the Libyan side.   


Border Crossing Location and Contact 

Name of Border Crossing 

  

Ras Ajdir 

Province or District 

Ben Gardane-Medenine (Tunisia Side) 

Nuqat al Khams (Libya side)

  

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing 

Zarzis: 78 km (Tunisia Side) 

Zwarah, 60 km (Libya side)

  

Latitude 

33.148841 

Longitude 

11.563174 

Managing Authority / Agency 

The Tunisian government (Tunisia side) 

Government of national Accord (Libya Side)

Contact Person 

Name: Raed

Title: Custom Officer

Tel: 00218 91 215 2196 

Travel Times 

Nearest International Airport 

Djerba-Zarzis International Airport (Tunisia side)  

Distance in km: 140 km 

Truck Travel Time24 hrs 

Car Travel time:24 hrs 


Tripoli International Airport (Libya side)  

Distance in km: 175 km 

Truck Travel Time: 24 hrs 

Car Travel time:24 hrs 

Nearest Port 

Zarzis Port (Tunisia Side) 

Distance in km:78 km 

Truck Travel Time: 24 hrs 

Car Travel time: 24 hrs 


Zwarah (Libya side)  

Distance in km: 60 km 

Truck Travel Time: 24hrs 

Car Travel time: 24hrs 

  

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity 

1-Name Zarzis (Tunisia Side) 

Distance in km:78 km 

Truck Travel Time: 24 hrs 

Car Travel time: 24 hrs 

  

Name Zwarah (Libya Side) 

Distance in km: 60 km 

Truck Travel Time: 24hrs 

Car Travel time: 24hrs 

 

 

Hours of Operation 

Mondays 

7am-7pm 

Tuesdays 

7am-7pm 

Wednesdays 

7am-7pm 

Thursdays 

7am-7pm 

Fridays 

Off (Libya side)/ unless it’s emergency cargo 

Saturdays 

7am-7pm 

Sundays 

Off (Tunisia side) unless it’s emergency cargo 

National Holidays 

  

Off unless it’s emergency cargo 

Daily Capacity

As Ras Ajdir is the main border between Tunisia and Libya so it is congested with many commercial and humanitarian trucks, in addition to the movement of passengers travelling by private and Taxi cars. Although the border is organised by separating the lanes between trucks and cars, in normal situation the custom can release up to 70 trucks daily, and the priority is given to the humanitarian shipments, but still in case of extreme overcrowding, even the trucks loaded with humanitarian aids are subject to stuck at the border for few days.    

Customs Clearance

Based on the Custom Department in Tunisia and Libya, the following documents are required to clear the goods at the borders: 


  • Exporting or re-exporting documents from Tunisia to Libya are required.   

  • Other related documents: 

  

    • Copy of the B/L 

    • Copy of certificate of origin. 

    • Copy of Packing list. 

    • Copy of Certificate of origin. 

    • Copy of Certificate of analysis 

    • Samples taken for analysis.  

    • Documents to prove that the commodities are used for humanitarian relief. 

However, and due to bureaucracy and number of checkpoints affiliated to different groups/authorities, we can sometimes expect delay at the borders.  

 All goods will be inspected at the border and samples will be taken for analysis, but generally this process is done swiftly and don’t take time. 

 Humanitarian aid is exempted from the custom fees; they just pay nominal amount as administrative expenses. While the commercial trucks pay roughly between 100-200 LD (depending on the size and type of the cargo). 

 For more information on customs in Libya, please see the following link:1.3 Libya Customs Information

Other Relevant Information

In general, if the clearance documents were ready, the custom clearance process would be finalized in few hours (unless the border is overcrowded),  

 In some cases, and especially for humanitarian aids the custom clearance process might be conducted out of working hours and on the weekend or holidays 

 There are many items that are not allowed to be imported inside Libya such as: 

  • Alcoholic Beverages 
  • Pork Meat
  • Any goods made in Israel

And there is restriction in importing IT and telecommunication equipment from abroad. There no clear regulation but the humanitarian organisations have experienced difficulties in importing such equipment. 

 This border was and still used for smuggling goods between the two countries (especially fuel from Libya to Tunisia), so if there is a suspicion of smuggling, then the trucks and cars are subject to a stricter inspection.      

 There are many checkpoints controlled by different groups, along the way to the final distention. These check points impede and delay the movement of the trucks.   

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Libya Government Contact List


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