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About Najm
 
NAJM is Customs Clearance automated information System
The core objective of NAJM is to facilitate Lebanon's international trade while maintaining adequate compliance with national laws and regulations.
In order to achieve the core NAJM objective; the customs administration must provide its community with information regarding their rights, and obligations, and to facilitate their customs clearance operations.
Why NAJM in Lebanese Customs Administration ?
Direct Objectives
  • Ensure compliance with Lebanese Law and regulation
  • Reduction of cost and time of clearance procedures
  • Provision of accurate and fast int'l trade statistics
  • Long Term Objectives
  • Enhancement of Lebanese trade competitiveness
  • Establish a forum for dialog between stakeholders in international trade
  • Assistance in redefinition of the Role of Customs in light of global and regional changes
  • Development of NAJM Project
    1993 - Re activation of Customs Computer Center
    - Issuing of Annual Trade Statistics volumes
    1994 - World Bank Project - Selection of UNCTAD ASYCUDA
    1995 - Customs Tariff Reform
    1996 - Adoption of Int'l Harmonized System tariff ASYCUDA for Lebanese Customs - NAJM
    1997 - Adoption of Int'l Single Administrative Document SAD
    -Implementation of NAJM at Port of Beirut ( Sept 97 )
    1998 - Operation NAJM Take Off (Beirut int'l Airport - Aug 98 )
    2000 - The Customs Internet website LITEr
    - Lebanon International Trade Exchange
    2000 - Modernization of Customs Law (Nov 2000)
    - Tariff Restructuring (Dec 2000)
    2001 - NAJM for Warehousing and Fuel Offices (Jan 2001)
    - Operation North Star NAJM @ Port of Tripoli (Feb 2001)
    2001 - NOOR at Beirut International Airport (May 2001)
    2001 - NOOR at Port of Beirut (Nov 2001)
    2001 - LITE Website Upgrade (Nov 2001)
    NAJM : The Basic Cost elements
    Software - UN Donation
    Hardware - USD 600 000 - IBRD procurement
    Facility Renovation - USD 1 200 000 - 2 750 Sq m - Private sector funded International Expertise and training - USD 350.000 UNCTAD & IMF experts during initial stage of project - Currently none
    NAJM Results - Offices,& Staff
    Automated offices
      Port of Beirut + Beirut Int'l Airport + Port of Tripoli
      Over 90% of Import Transactions
      Over 95% of Customs Revenue
    Trained Staff
      Port of Beirut - 100 users
      Beirut International Airport - 75 users
      Port of Tripoli - 15 users
    Annual Volume Indicator Number of Customs Declarations Import USD Million Revenue USD Million
    Port of Beirut 107,500 4,675 980
    Beirut International Airport 85,000 1,300 125
    Port of Tripoli 7,500 335 95
    Total 200,000 6,300 1200
    Annual Performance Indicators 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
    % Green Line 10% 30% 40% 40% 75%
    Average Tariff Rate 16% 18% 22% 22% 16%
    Number of days for Clearance 6 5 5 4.5 3.5