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  • The sector accounts for around 7.5% of national output and employs around 140,000 people, or the equivalent of 25% of the local labor force
  • It is the second largest employer after the public sector, ahead of other economic sectors
  • It encompasses more than 15 sub-sectors which range in importance in terms of their contribution to GDP and employment. The Food & Beverage sector contributes the highest to industrial sector output (26%), followed by 12% for the Metal & Metal Products sub-sector, 11.7% for the Other non-metallic mineral products, 11% for the Electrical machinery and apparatus, followed by Furniture & Wood Products
  • Key exported products includeBase metals and articles of base metal (17.14%), Machinery and electrical instruments (16.51%), Prepared Foodstuffs (14.72% of total), Mineral products (11.57%), followed by other sub-sector with lower share of total
  • Key export destinations include: Syria (11.5%), UAE (9.1%), Saudi Arabia (9.0%), Iraq (8.4%) and Turkey (5.3%)
  • Industrial exports hovered at 3.76 USD Billion by end of 2013


  • Institutional Support: organized sector with the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI) very active in promoting the interests of its stakeholders
  • Multiple financial facilities provided by the government:
    • 50% exemption on tariff duties at export
    • 2% custom duties for machinery, equipment, spare parts and building material imported for the setting up of new industrial firms
    • 0% custom duties for textiles, semi-manufactured goods and raw materials
    • Fiscal exemptions granted by IDAL which can run up to 100% exemptions on corporate income tax for a period up to 10 years for industrial companies 
  • Signing of multiple bilateral and multilateral agreements which have had a positive impact on the improved access to markets for Lebanese exports in external markets  
Industry Operational Licenses
Industrial Zones in Lebanon
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