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Overview

Dehiba-Wazin is the secondary land border between Tunisia and Libya. It is normally used when the Ras Ajdir border is closed or to deliver items directly to southern Libya.    

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

  •  The border is closed every now and then due to security issues in Libya. 
  • The unclear custom clearance procedures at the Libyan side.   


Border Crossing Location and Contact 

Name of Border Crossing 

  

Dehiba Wazin 

Province or District 

Tatahouine (Tunisia Side) 

Nalut (Libya side) 

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing 

Tatahouine:130 km far from the border (Tunisia Side) 

 Nalut: 54 km far from the border (Libya side) 

  

Latitude 

31.975687 

Longitude 

10.683791 

Managing Authority / Agency 

  • The Tunisian government (Tunisia side)
  • Government of national Accord (Libya Side)

Contact Person 

N/A 



Travel Times 

Nearest International Airport 

Djerba-Zarzis International Airport (Tunisia side)

Distance in km: 268  

Truck Travel Time24hrs 

Car Travel time:24 hrs 

  

Tripoli International Airport (Libya side)

Distance in km: 287  

Truck Travel Time: 24hrs 

Car Travel time:24 hrs 

Note: Currently closed - Mitiga Airport is operating instead (almost the same distance). 

  

Nearest Port 

Zarzis Port (Tunisia Side) 

Distance in km: 255.4km  

Truck Travel Time: 24hrs 

Car Travel time: 24hrs 

  

 Tripoli Port (Libya Side) 

Distance in km: 287 km  

Truck Travel Time: 24hrs 

Car Travel time: 24hrs 

 

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

Tatahouine (Tunisia Side), and Nalut (Libya side). 

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  

Saturdays 

7am-7pm 

Sundays 

Off (Tunisia side) unless it’s emergency 

National Holidays 

  

Off, unless it’s emergency 


Daily Capacity

As this is a secondary border, so it is normally not crowded with cars or trucks unless if Ras Ajdir border is closed.  

 The border is organised with different lanes for trucks and cars, and in normal situation the custom can release up to 70 trucks daily, 

 The priority is given generally to the humanitarian shipments, but in case of extreme overcrowding, which is rarely, happens in this border, 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 aids are 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: 

  1. Alcoholic Beverages 
  2. Pork Meat
  3. Any goods made in Israel 

There are restrictions on 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 destination. These check points impede and delay the movement of trucks.   

        

  

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


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