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Assallum-Mosaed is a vital border, as it’s the only one between Egypt and Libya. It’s used for humanitarian and commercial shipments, in addition to the cars and travellers between the two countries. All the essential and required facilities (such as fuel stations, weighbridge scale) are available near the border.  Closing the border due to security concerns is the main challenge against the movement of humanitarian aids.   

Border Crossing Location and Contact 

Name of Border Crossing 



Province or District 

Matrouh (Egypt Side) 

Tobruk (Libya side). 


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing 

Matrouh285 km (Tunisia Side) 

Tobruk, 150 km (Libya side). 






Managing Authority / Agency 

The Egyptian government (Egypt side)

Haftar force (Libya Side)

Travel Times 

Nearest International Airport 

NameTobruk International Airport.  

Distance: 150 km 


Nearest Port 

Name: Tobruk port.  

Distance: 150 km 


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

Matrouh in Egypt, and Tobruk in Libya 

Hours of Operation 


From 7am to 7pm 


From 7am to 7pm 


From 7am to 7pm 


From 7am to 7pm 


Off (Unless it’s emergency) 


From 7am to 7pm 


From 7am to 7pm 

National Holidays 

Off (Unless it’s emergency) 

Daily Capacity

The customs has the capacity to release 70 trucks per day, with a priority given to humanitarian aids. Normally, there is no overcrowding at the border, as the volume of humanitarian aids going through the border is still limited. The border is organized with different lanes for private cars, commercial trucks and trucks loaded with goods for humanitarian purpose, so in general, the humanitarian shipments movement goes smoothly,   

Customs Clearance

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


  • Export license and exemption letter for the shipment is required; this should be obtained from the Egyptian MOFA by the organizations. 

  • Other related documents: (Invoice-packing list) for local procurement (from Egypt), and (B/L, Certificate of origin, Certificate of health and analysis, packing list) for international procurement using Egypt corridor.   

The goods would be inspected at the border and samples will be taken for analysis, but generally this process is done swiftly and does not 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 aid, 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 in importing IT and telecommunication equipment from abroad. There no clear regulation but the humanitarian organisations have experienced difficulties in importing such equipment. 

 There are many checkpoints controlled by different groups, along the way to the final destination. These check points can 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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