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Overview

The food market in Libya relies on importation, and the supply chain goes through two channels.

  1. Firstly, private importers and investors in the country which distribute the food to the wholesaler in the districts and then to the retailers on the neighbourhoods. 
  2. Government then distributed to the consumer associations to be sold to the customers with subsidized price. This include the essential commodities such as wheat flour, rice, tea, sugar, past, oil, milk and tomato paste. 

 

 Additional information can be located from sources which are regularly maintained and reflect current facts and figures. For more specific and detailed overviews of food availability and market conditions, please consult the following sources: 

 WFP Vulnerability and Analysis Mapping (VAM)

For more information on food supplier contact details, please see the following link: 4.10 Libya Supplier Contact List

Retail Sector

The local retailers are prevalent in all over the country to serve the neighbourhoods.  Basically, they sell the essential commodities and other complimentary ones, provided by the wholesalers   

 There are different types of retailers, mostly mini markets and shops. They all deal with cash, and some of them accept mobile money and pre-paid card. 

 Retailers in Libya don’t have any stability issue. 

 

Types of Retailers Available 

Type of Retailer 

Rank 

(1-5) - where 1 is the most commonly used by the population, and 5 is the least commonly used

Supermarket  concentrates mainly in supplying a range of food, beverage, cleaning and sanitation productshave significant purchasing power; are often part of national/regional/global chains. 

4 

Convenience Store/Mini Market – medium sized shopoffers a more limited range of products than supermarkets; usually has good/stable purchasing power; may be part of chain or cooperative. 

1 

Permanent shop with strong supply capacity – individually/family owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; good storage and reliable supply options. 

1 

Permanent shop with limited supply capacity – individually/family owned store; offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; limited storage and unstable supply options. 

1 

Mobile Shop/Market Stand – individually/family owned store; usually offers fewer commodities and a limited selection of brands; may be found at outdoor markets, camps or unstable environments. 

5 

 

 

Wholesale – Sawaya Company

 

Sawaya company is an importer and trader of several food items such as milk, juices, tomato paste, cooking oil, rice, pasta, sugar, couscous, flour, cheese). It imports the commodities from regional and international market or purchases them from other wholesalers and dispatches through contracted transportation companies to the company’s warehouses to be distributed after that to the retailers and suppliers contracted with the company. The company’s warehouses are used as points of sale as well.  

  

 

Supplier Overview 

Company Name 

Sawaya company 

Address 

Tripoli 

Does the supplier have its own production manufacturing capacity? 

  

No. The supplier is importer and distributor 

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity? 

  

Yes. 

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity? 

No. The supplies are dispatched through contracted transportation company 

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities? 

Yes. 3 warehouse. 

Approximate Turnover in MT 

  

The supplier shared the information of monthly imported quantity antotal selling amount of the three top items: 

  

- UHT milk: Monthly imported Qty 1,920 tons, and monthly selling amount is approximately 4 million LYD. 

- Rice: Monthly imported Qty 50 tons, and monthly selling amount is approximately 500k LYD 

- Tomato paste: Monthly selling amount LYD 1 million  month 

Payment Methods Accepted 

Cash and bank transfer 

Other Comments or Key Information 

The above three items constitute 70% of the company activity 

(Milk 40%, Rice 15%, Tomato paste 15%)  

 

 

Other Locations 

Region(s) 

Service Location(s) 

Tripoli 

Tripoli 

 

  

Wholesale – Al-Waha company 

 Al-Waha company is an importer and trader of several food items such as milk, juices, tomato paste, cooking oil, rice, pasta, sugar, couscous, flour, cheese, egg, Tuna). The company's business mechanism is to import commodities from outside the country or buy goods from wholesalers in the local market and transfer them by company trucks to the company's warehouses. The goods are then distributed to the contracting parties with the company upon their requirements, 

  

 

Supplier Overview 

Company Name 

Al-Waha company 

Address 

Benghazi 

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity? 

  

No. The supplier is importer and distributor 

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity? 

  

Yes. 

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity? 

Yes. 

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities? 

Yes. . 

Approximate Turnover in MT 

  

NA 

Payment Methods Accepted 

Cash and certified Cheque  

Other Comments or Key Information 

The supplier operates in Benghazi and has the capacity to operate in Tripoli as well if he would work with WFP.  

 

 

Other Locations 

Region(s) 

Service Location(s) 

Benghazi 

Benghazi 

Ready to extend the activity and cover Tripoli 

  

 

Wholesale – Al-Rewaq Company 

 Al-Rewaq Company is an importer and wholesaler of several food items such as - Livestock & Meat, Frozen ChickenTuna, tomato, oil, milk, sugar, cheese). The commodities are imported from Different countries (Italy, Spain, Brazil, USA, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, China, Thailand, UAE, India, Morocco) then distributed to own fridges/warehouses across the country then sold to the wholesalers and retail sector. 

  

 

Supplier Overview 

Company Name 

Al-Rewaq company 

Address 

Tripoli 

Does the supplier have its own production / manufacturing capacity? 

  

No. The supplier is importer and distributor 

Does the supplier have its own retail capacity? 

  

Yes. 

Does the supplier have its own transport capacity? 

No. The supplies are dispatched through contracted transportation company 

Does the supplier have its own storage facilities? 

Yes. Warehouse and fridges. 

Approximate Turnover in MT 

  

NA 

  

Payment Methods Accepted 

Bank Transfer 

Other Comments or Key Information 

  • market share of supplier commodities in Tripoli is equivalent to 25%. 
  • The livestock and meat constitutes 38% of the company activity. The percentages of the other commodities are as follows: Frozen chicken 20 %, Tuna 20%, Oil 4%, Tomato Paste 2 %, Milk 2%, Sugar 5%, Cheese 2%).    

 

Other Locations 

Region(s) 

Service Location(s) 

Tripoli 

Tripoli 

 

Primary Goods / Commodities Available 

Commodities by Type** 

Comments 

00 - Live animals (other than fish, crustaceans, molluscs, etc.) 

Live animals are available locally, however approximately 30% of live animals are imported to meet the local demands especially in Haj season.    

-No swine at all. 

01 - Meat and meat preparations 

Are available in the country through local production and importing. The security situation in the country and lack of liquidity impede both the production and importing process.  

-No any swine products available. 

02 - Dairy products and birds’ eggs 

 75% of dairy product are imported. There is a local manufacturing of some dairy product, but it doesn’t meet all the local market requirements.   

03 - Fish (not marine mammals), crustaceans, molluscs… 

Libya is a costal country, so fish is almost produced locally. There are also companies specialized in  sea food processing like Fish Libya Canning Company 

04 - Cereals and cereal preparations 

Available through importing them, however shortage and price fluctuation  occur due to security situation and lack of liquidity which impede the importing process.  

05 - Vegetables and fruit 

Available through importing them, however shortage and price fluctuation  occur due to security situation and lack of liquidity which impede the importing process 

06 - Sugars, sugar preparations and honey 

Available through importing them, however shortage and price fluctuation occur due to security situation and lack of liquidity which impede the importing process, while the natural honey is produced locally. 

  

07 - Coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and manufactures thereof 

Available through importing them, however shortage and price fluctuation  occur due to security situation and lack of liquidity which impede the importing process 

09 - Miscellaneous edible products and preparations 

Available mostly through importation, however shortage and price fluctuation due to security situation and lack of liquidity which impedes the importing process. 

41 - Animal oils and fats 

Available mostly through importation, however shortage and price fluctuation occurs due to security situation and lack of liquidity which impedes the importing process. 

No any swine products available  

42/43 - Fixed vegetable fats and oils, crude, refined or fractionated 

Available mostly through importation, however shortage and price fluctuation occurs due to security situation and lack of liquidity which impedes the importing process. 

 

**For non-FOOD products please see section 3.5.2 Additional Suppliers, and for FUEL/PETROLEUM products please see section 3.1 Fuel. 

 Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities.  

 Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider. 

 


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