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Chemical Industry



  • The Lebanese chemical industry is one of the most diversified sectors in the country. There are around 110 different items produced in this sector, including basic chemicals, soaps and detergents, cosmetics, plastic, rubber, oil refining, and paints and varnishes.
  • 7th largest national industrial sector in terms of contribution to GDP, accounting for LBP 465 billion in 2013 
  • In 2015, there are around 366 factories with 8 employees and above operating in this sector, accounting for around 9% of total industrial firms in the country.
  • In 201580% of all companies in the chemical sector had activities in the plastics industry  29% of them in the perfumery industry ,and 26% in the paints industry.
  • Exports of chemical products accounted for 16.8% of total Lebanese industrial exports in 2016, placing it in fourth place in terms of the most exported industrial products.
  • Lebanon is a net exporter of inorganic chemicals and of fertilizers. In 2016, inorganic chemicals accounted for 1% of Lebanon’s total exports, and fertilizers accounted for 1.3% of total exports.
  • In 2016, Lebanon’s chemical exports are constituted primarily of essential oils, resinous, cosmetics and toilet preparations, which account for 32% of total exports of chemical products.
  • In 2016, Lebanon’s chemical imports are constituted primarily of plastics and articles thereof, which account for 38.6% of total imports of chemical product.




  • Access to new technologies.
  • Various government initiatives and incentives to boost the sector (LIRA, ELCIM, IDAL, …).
  • Multiple trade agreements, namely with Arab countries.
  • Highly skilled university graduates and laboratory workforce: there are about ten universities that offer graduate and undergraduate programs in Chemistry. A number of those have R&D facilities, exchanging knowledge with the private sector, and transferring vital skills.
  • Strong export potential.
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