UN HUMANITARIAN CARGO MOVEMENT NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE
- To facilitate the supply of humanitarian relief materials to Lebanon, the United Nations is working to establish humanitarian corridors into and within Lebanon. The management and movement of all UN humanitarian cargo on these corridors will be controlled by a UN Humanitarian Cargo Coordination Center (HCCC) in Beirut that will be managed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in support of the entire UN system. The HCCC will vet all cargo movement requests and schedule the route and timetable of proposed convoys. The HCCC will also consider and manage cargo movement requests from NGOs. UN managed and chartered vehicles, aircraft and vessels will be used unless otherwise agreed.
- Sea Corridors: Humanitarian corridors from the sea are envisioned into the ports of Beirut, Tripoli, Saida and Tyre. For seaborne cargo, it is estimated that up to three (3) feeder vessels will operate from ports in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Land and Air Corridors: Humanitarian corridors on land are envisioned from the northern border town of Aarida to Beirut and from Beirut to cities and towns in southern Lebanon. Conditions permitting, an air corridor may be established into Beirut International Airport.
- Within Lebanon, deliveries to the affected areas will be carried out by a UN managed fleet comprised of one hundred (100) short haul 10 metric tonnes capacity trucks, capable of traversing damaged roads and difficult terrain. UN Agencies and NGOs will hand over their cargo to WFP at five UN managed facilities (to be designated), a minimum of 48 hours prior to dispatch. The relief cargo will be consolidated and prioritised for dispatch. Deliveries will be made using UN managed and marked trucks in convoys. Convoys will always be escorted by at least two (2) UN marked Land-cruisers.
Proposed Notification Procedure:
5. Beirut Cell:
a. At least 48 hours in advance of the estimated time of departure (ETD) requesting agencies will submit the UN Cargo Movement Notification to the HCCC.
(The HCCC points of contact in Beirut will be published soon)
b. Eighteen (18) hours prior to the estimated time of departure (ETD), WFP will notify the IDF via UNTSO and the Lebanese Government of the convoy details.
c. WFP will provide a liaison officer to the Lebanese Army to facilitate the processing of cargo movement notification
6. Jerusalem Cell:
a. A cell will be established at UNTSO HQ in Jerusalem to be staffed by UNTSO/UNSCO/WFP/OCHA. Personnel. The cell will manage all UN-IDF communications regarding UN controlled humanitarian operations in Lebanon.
b. The HCCC will transmit to the Jerusalem Cell all cleared Movement Notification requests. The Jerusalem Cell, will acknowledge receipt and will forward these requests to the IDF Humanitarian Coordination Center in Tel Aviv. This notification will be confirmed by telephone.
c. Upon receipt of a response from the IDF, the Jerusalem cell will inform the HCCC in Beirut no later than 12 hours ahead of the ETD. The Beirut cell will in turn notify the relevant UN agency or NGO. No convoy will proceed without receiving such confirmation.
7. A request by the UN to provide a liaison officer to the IDF Humanitarian Coordination Centre in Tel Aviv is under consideration by Israeli authorities.
8. Queries should normally be made to the Beirut cell as noted above.
Source: UN OCHA - HCCC