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  The Regie:

Imports tobacco products into Lebanon
Clears imported tobacco products from customs and stores them in its warehouses
Provides authority to international tobacco and tombac companies interested in marketing their products in Lebanon
Issues licenses to "chief distributors of tobacco products"
Sells local and foreign tobacco products to "chief authorized distributors"
Exports local tobacco products.
Issues licenses to tobacco growers.

The Regie imports into Lebanon tobacco leaves and cigarettes from international manufactures.
At present, the Regie is liable to pay all custom duties on the importation of tobacco products into Lebanon. There are no master commercial agreements between the Regie and international tobacco manufacturers. The Regie determines the quantity of goods to be imported each year according to market demand. The import process is agreed upon between Regie and the international companies at the beginning of each year. However, the regie can from time to time place orders with the international tobacco manufacturers for specific quantities of specific brands, and agrees with the manufacturers on the prices and delivery dates for such orders based on anticipated sales, existing inventory and goods in transit.

Distribution channels:
The regie makes all its sales of tobacco products through a network of approximately 450 licensed intermediaries or chief distributors.
The license is obtained by meeting a set of conditions. Licensed distributors are authorized to sell tobacco products throughout the whole territory of the Lebanese Republic.
The Regie allocates tobacco products between the 450 chief distributors on a weekly basis through a controlled process for the first three days of each week. This process involves the allocation of determined quantities of tobacco products to be released in the market per chief distributor. Every Thursday and Friday, the Regie operates an auction process allowing all excess quantities not distributed between Monday and Wednesday to go on sale at a price fixed by the Regie.