Source Logistics Cluster
Theme
Countries Lebanon
Document type Other
Publication date 05/10/2006

Action Points

  1. All humanitarian actors requiring cargo movement should use the Cargo Movement Request form and send to UNJLC at lebanon.cargo@unjlc.org
  2. All humanitarian actors are invited to share information on their relief cargo pipeline.
  3. Any feedback/follow up on cargo movements can be addressed directly through UNJLC.

Operational Update & Cargo Movement

  1. WFP has confirmed that the Logistics Cluster services cease to operate in Beirut on 24 October 2006, concurrently with the end of the Flash Appeal period.  WFP will not accept any CMRs for cargo movement after 20 October.
  2. There is virtually no remaining cargo in Tyre and the logistics hub will be closed by the end of the week. The mobile storage facilities and pre-fabricated offices will be handed over to UNMACC. It is proposed that if agencies have a requirement for storage, they contact UNMACC directly for these requests.  However, the Logistics Cluster can arrange ad hoc full truck loads from Beirut, if required.
  3. Until the end of operations, the Cluster will be quite active with distributions for WFP and UNICEF of food commodities, Back to School programme items, water and other relief supplies.
  4. IMC raised an issue regarding the air shipment of medical supplies from USA. Previously, IMC had shipped items to Larnaca, where it was loaded for delivery to Beirut through the Cluster. At this stage, IMC is still in the process of registration as an international NGO. Hence, it is quite challenging to clear items through customs. WFP confirmed to IMC that since the start of the reconstruction phase, the Lebanese Ministry of Health (MoH) and Government of Lebanon (GoL) is reluctant to approve the import of medical drugs. It was recommended that IMC approach World Vision, WHO and/or the Health Cluster for further assistance and clearance through the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) as well as endorsement by MoH. 
  5. Similarly, IOM is in the process of registration although the relevant documentation has been submitted some time ago. IOM's issue relates to the customs clearance of prefabricated houses. WFP confirmed that it is only permitted to import food commodities and related support equipment. Items for other UN agencies or NGOs are imported on behalf of said agencies or NGOs. WFP had approached the HRC with a request to facilitate the import of IOM equipment; however this had been refused.  WFP agreed to submit copy of its request to HRC to IOM. UNJLC proposed that IOM import the items under the Emergency Decree which will remain in place until the end of October, although the MoSA must still clear the items. It was recommended that IOM approach the Protection or Shelter Cluster for further assistance and clearance with MoSA.
  6. This meeting is the last formal meeting of the Logistics Cluster.  Any further discussions will be held bilaterally, between WFP as lead for the Cluster and the Cluster member.