Trade Compliance in Israel

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International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Member of OECD
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Main International Economic Cooperation
Israel has signed free trade agreements with the European Union, United States, EFTA, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Jordan, Egypt and Mercosur. A customs union exists between Israel and the Palestinian territories, since 1994.
Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports
The goods shipped into Israel should be accompanied by the following documents :
- Single administrative document
- Commercial invoice(made out in 3 copies in English,)
- a phytosanitary certificate (for fruits, pulses, seeds and other vegetables)
- a health certificate and a radioactivity non-contamination certificate (for meats)
- EUR1 form(to benefit from preferential tariff applicable to imports originating from the European Union)
- a Kosher certificate (for food products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics or cleaning products)
- an Age certificate (for old wines)
- a free sale certificate (for cosmetics)
- transport documents and packing list
Free Zones
Israel and Jordan have already set up two QIZ : Gateway and Irbid.
For Further Information
Customs Office
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Non Tariff Barriers
Most of the products can be imported freely in Israel, with the exception of some agricultural products which comply to strict health rules as well as follow the kosher customs for food.

The documentary requirement is quite important, specially for the invoice (in three copies). These requirements are defined by the Ministry of Health, Food Control Administration .

Finally it is to be noted that imports from countries which restrict or prohibit imports originating from Israel are subjected to special monitoring.

Assessment of Commercial Policy
The WTO pages dedicated to Israel
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the United States
Barriers to exchanges, inventoried by the European Union
Sanitary and Phytosanitary barriers, according to the European Union
Find more on about Trade Policy in Israel.

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