• 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
• Issues licenses to "chief distributors of
• Sells local and foreign tobacco products to "chief
• 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.
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
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.