Under current Pakistani laws, books can be imported into the country only by a company legally registered for import with the relevant trade authority. Similarly, books can be sold only by companies legally registered with the Income Tax authorities. Therefore foreign publishers can book stalls and sell their books at Book Fairs only through their legally constituted and registered Pakistani agents or distributors. If they wish their stall to be named after their company, they must pay US$800.00 per stall plus bank clearing charges. But if they want their stall to be named after their Pakistani agent or distributor, they must pay Pak Rs 38,000.00. Under the local rules of the Expo Centre, the venue of the LIBF every year, all local or foreign stalls must be managed by Pakistanis and not foreigners.
Only companies or individuals involved in the book trade or in education can participate in the LIBF. But the LIBF encourages companies in non-bookselling activity to sponsor the LIBF and promote their products at display stalls in the exhibition hall. In the past, Toyota Motor Co, Mobilink, Unilever, Union Bank, TCS and several others have all sponsored the LIBF.