Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice. Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Israel. For further information, visit the Israeli Department of Customs and VAT.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariffs

Israel uses the customs valuation principles of the World Trade Organization code. In most cases, the basis for valuation is the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) price. Import tariffs are based on the Harmonised System, with separate listings for countries with Free Trade Agreements with Israel and for the general rate of other countries. The general rate is applied to imports from Australia which does not have an FTA with Israel. 

In addition to its general agreement on tariffs and trade (GATT) multilateral trade commitments, Israel has free trade agreements with many countries and trade blocks including:

  • European Union
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • MERCOSUR block
  • Colombia
  • Turkey
  • Panama (under negotiations).

There are also special economic zone agreements with Jordan and Egypt.

Import tariff information is available online at Israeli Department of Customs and VAT.

Non-tariff barriers

Import licenses are required for some goods and the authority to grant them belongs to different Governmental Ministries (depending on the product) such as the Ministry of Economy or the Ministry of Health. An import license may be required for the following reasons:

  • restrictions on imports from certain countries which ban or restrict imports from Israel
  • protection of local production
  • consumer protection and safeguard of public safety and health
  • distribution of import quotas with preferred customs rates.

An importer applying for an import license must be an citizen or a company registered in Israel.

Due to ever changing regulations, it is recommended that Australian exporters obtain this type of information on a case by case basis through their preferred customs broker or freight forwarder.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Special certificates

Some products, such as animals and plants, require additional certification which is issued to the importer by the relevant authority (e.g. Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Transportation, Economy, and Communications) who approve the import of goods as indicated in the certificate and under the terms specified.

Due to ever changing regulations, it is recommended that Australian exporters obtain this type of information on a case by case basis through their preferred customs broker or freight forwarder.

Kosher certificates (kosher refers to strict dietary laws derived from Judaism which are applied in food cultivation and processing for both live animals as well as processed foods)  are required in order to import food to Israel when the importer wishes to market products marked as ‘kosher’. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel is responsible for issuing kosher certificates and recognises the work of some Rabbinical authorities outside of Israel.

Labelling

Israel has a strict regime of labeling requirements and any exporter should consult with their Israeli importer regarding the specific requirements for each product.

In general, all imported products into Israel must include the following information in Hebrew:

  • country of origin
  • name and address of the producer
  • name and address of the Israeli importer
  • contents
  • weight or volume in metric units.

Some products also require a certificate that is given to the importer by the Standards Institution of Israel and attests that the imported products conform with the requirements of the applicable standards.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quoting and payment terms should be negotiated between the importer and exporter directly. However, quotes are usually specificed using Free on Board (FOB Incoterms) in US or Australian dollars. Payment is usually on Cash Against Documents (CAD) basis, but can be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Documentary requirements

Documentary requirements from Israeli customs authorities can change from product to product and expert advice should be sought from qualified freight forwarders or customs brokers on a case by case basis. Potential requirements including a pro-forma invoice, a commercial invoice, bill of lading, packing list and certificate of insurance to name a few.