Ministry of Agriculture Import Quota Allocation System

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Posted on: 28 Dec 2012

On October 11, 2012, Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture published on its website import quotas for agricultural products.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 12/17/2012 Israel Post: Tel Aviv Ministry of Agriculture Import Quota Allocation System Report Categories: Trade Policy Monitoring Approved By: Jonathan Gressel Agricultural Minister Counselor U.S. Embassy, Cairo Prepared By: Gilad Shachar and Mariano J. Beillard Report Highlights: On October 11, 2012, Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture published on its website import quotas for agricultural products. The allocations of tariff-rate quota (TRQ) system are in line with the Agreements on Trade in Agricultural Products that Israel has with its trade partners (i.e., United States, European Union, MERCOSUR, Mexico, and Canada). In addition, Israel also has TRQs for the WTO countries. Policy: State of Israel The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Notifies According to the State of Israel’s Trade Agreements The following Agricultural Products are permitted import with reduced Custom Tariffs in 2013. FIFO – First in First Out = First Come First Served * Requires a Pest Risk Assessment (PRA). Without a PRA the product cannot enter Israel. MFN = Most Favored Nation. CIF = Cost Insurance Freight $U.S. 1 = New Israeli Shekel (NIS) 3.82879 Allocation System: Only Lottery Applications will be accepted from October 14, 2012 through November 8, 2012. Procedures are described in Paragraph "Bet" (B) Tota Quantity l Per Descr Quota iption y Importer Allocation System (metr Dutic (metric tons) tons) European Union (EU) Applications are submitted by authorized fresh produce Garlic 230 0% 20 wholesalers or international traders of fruit and vegetables. R pplications are submitted by aisins 120 0% 10 A food importers. Applications are submitted by Packed honey food importers and authorized =<1.5 kg/ packag 180 0% 20 e honey distributors (see, section 5). Uruguay Fresh and Processed Cheese; HS 0406- 50 tions are submitted by 0% pplica 10 A 1000 ood importers. , 0406 f-3000 Other cheese 0406- 0% 9090 50 5 10 Applications are submitted by discount food importers. Paraguay Packed honey =<1.5 kg/ packag 100 Applications are submitted by 0% 20 e food importers. Canada Raw corn for Pop 0 0% 10 Applications are submitted by corn 5 food importers. Allocation System: Lottery and FIFO For Lottery, Applications are to be submitted from October 14, 2012 through November 8, 2012. For FIFO, Applications are to be submitted starting January 1, 2013. Procedures are described in Section “Gimel” Tota Quantity l Per Descr Quota iption y Importer Allocation System (metr Dutic (metric tons) tons) United States (U.S.) Lottery: Applications are submitted by authorized fresh produce wholesalers or international traders of fruit and 20 vegetables. The lottery allocates 600 tons Apples 4,000 0% (20 tons/ permit) until March 31, 2013. tons/permit Applications are accepted October 14, for Lottery 2012 to November 8, 2012. The balance of the duty free quota is allocated through the FIFO allocation system; not to exceed 20 tons/ permit. Lottery: Applications are submitted by authorized fresh produce wholesalers or international traders of fruit and 22 vegetables. The lottery allocates 220 tons Pe (22 tons/ permit) until March 31, 2013. ars 1,364 0% tons/permit Applications are accepted October 14, for Lottery 2012 to November 8, 2012. The balance of the duty free quota is allocated through the FIFO allocation system; not to exceed 22 tons/ permit. Lottery: Applications are submitted by food importers. The lottery allocates 45 9 tons/ tons (9 tons/ permit) until March 31, Pe permit for 2013. Applications are accepted October anuts 284 0% Lottery 14, 2012 to November 8, 2012. The balance of the duty free quota is allocated through the FIFO allocation system; not exceeding 10 tons/ permit. Tota Quantity l Per Description Quota mporter Allocation System (metr Duty Iic (metric tons) tons) European Union (EU) Lottery: Applications are submitted by authorized fresh produce wholesalers or international traders of fruit and 20 vegetables. The lottery allocates 600 tons App (20 tons/ permit) until March 31, 2013. les 3,280 0% tons/permit Applications are accepted October 14, for Lottery 2012 to November 8, 2012. The balance of the duty free quota is allocated through the FIFO allocation system; not to exceed 20 tons/ permit. Lottery: Applications are submitted by authorized fresh produce wholesalers or international traders of fruit and 22 vegetables. The lottery allocates 220 tons Pe (22 tons/ permit) until March 31, 2013. ars 2,140 0% tons/permit Applications are accepted October 14, for Lottery 2012 to November 8, 2012. The balance of the duty free quota is allocated through the FIFO system; not to exceed 22 tons/ permit. Allocation System: Lottery and FIFO For Lottery - Applications should be submitted starting from October 14, 2012 through November 8, 2012, For FIFO - Applications are to be submitted starting December 1, 2012 Descr a Quantity Per l Quota (metric iption Tot Duty Importer Allocation tons) System (metric tons) United States (U.S.) Allocation: Importers of raisins under MFN or reduced MFN (not exempt) are entitled to receive a duty free quota for a quantity equal to amount imported in 2012, BUT not exceeding 40 tons/ importer. (This importer group is ineligible to 10 apply for the lottery). R aisins 1,277 0% tons/permit Lottery: All other importers are eligible to for Lottery participate in the lottery. The lottery allocates 200 tons (10 tons/ winner) until March 31, 2013. Applications are accepted October 14, 2012 to November 8, 2012. The balance of the duty free quota is allocated through the FIFO allocation system; not to exceed 20 tons/ permit. Lottery: Food importers are allocated 105 tons. Applications are accepted October 14, 2012 to Ch November 8, 2012. eese (all 15 items 649 0% tons/permit The balance is allocated to importers that included in HS 0406 for Lottery imported 20 tons or more in 2011-12 under the ) FIFO allocation system. (This importer groups is ineligible to participate in the lottery allocation system). Tota Quantity l Per Descr Quota iption Importer Allocation System (metr Duty ic (metric tons) tons) European Union (EU) Lottery: Applications are submitted by authorized fresh produce wholesalers or international traders of fruit and vegetables. The lottery allocates 560 tons. Applications are accepted October On ore ions 2,300 0% Not m 14, 2012 to November 8, 2012. These than 28 tons permits will be in force by March 31, 2013. The balance of the duty free quota is allocated through the FIFO allocation system commencing in April 2013. Lottery: The lottery allocates 160 tons to food importers. Applications are accepted October 14, 2012 to November Ch 5 eese (all 8, 2012. The balance of the duty free t items included 830 tons/permi 0% quota is allocated through the FIFO for Lottery in HS 0406) allocation system. (This importer group is ineligible to participate in the lottery allocation system). See section “Hy” (E). Allocation System: FIFO Applications are to be submitted starting December 1, 2012 Terms are described in Paragraph D Tota Quantity l Per Descr Quota iption Importer Allocation System (metr Duty ic (metric tons) tons) United States (U.S.) Frozen (fresh wat Not more The FIFO allocation system accepts er fish): 0303- 2110 368 0% than 20 applications only from fish ; 0303- 7961; tons merchants. 0303-7971 Frozen shrimps 50 0% Same as above. Squid, fresh or 0% Same as above. frozen 40 Other frozen fish 6,435 0% Same as above. Applications accepted only from egg processors or from registered egg distributors for industry use Eggs for industry 4,697,184 0% only. Applications exceeding the eggs quota are accorded on a case-by- case basis under the FIFO allocation system. Not more per the instructions located on Frozen carp fillets 85 0% than As 20 the Ministry of Agriculture’s website. tons Not more The FIFO allocation system allocates than 22 a maximum of 295 ton for the food Cheese (all tons industry and the fast food chains. cheese incl. in HS 649 0% 0406) No The FIFO allocation system allocates t more than 18 the balance of 250 tons to food merchants who imported over 20 tons tons in 2011-12. Based on the number of Po applications. The FIFO allocation tato seeds* 3,998 0% system grants priority to seed potato importers. The FIFO allocation system accepts Cabbage, applications from fresh fruit and Bro ccoli* 1,424 0% vegetable wholesalers or international traders. Oranges* 1,689 0% Same as above. Lemons* 506 0% Same as above. Grapefruit* 1,689 0% Same as above. Other citrus 1,689 0% Same as above. (not easy peelers) Fresh grapes* 775 0% Same as above. Fresh plums* 499 0% Same as above. Fresh peaches 35 0% Same as above. and nectarines* 7 Not more Quince 775 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Fresh tomatoes 200 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Fresh onion 200 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Fresh garlic 143 0% than 16 Same as above. tons Not more Sunflower seed on system accepts s 3,000 0% than The FIFO allocati 20 applications from food merchants. tons Not more Prunes 1,323 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Allocation: The FIFO allocation Not more system will allocate quotas to Chickpeas 211 0% than 20 importers of chickpeas under MFN tons status commencing January 1, 2013; not to exceed 20 tons. Raw corn for 180 0% Not more The FIFO allocation system accepts pop corn than 20 applications from food merchants. tons Tota Quantity l Per Descr Quota iption Duty Importer Allocation System (metric (metric tons) tons) European Union (EU) Applications are to be submitted by traders and growers in the Live calves 1,200 0% cattle industry in accordance to the FIFO allocation system. Applications are to be submitted by certified contractors/ traders of Live ducks, geese, turkeys and 2,060,000 gu breeding stock in the inea fowls, weighing =<185g un 0%its poultry industry and in accordance to the FIFO allocation system. Alb No FIFO allocation t m The ore acore or longfinned tunas 250 system accepts 0% than 20 (Thunnus alalunga) applications only from tons fish merchants. Not more Skipjack or stripe-bellied bonito 100 0% than 20 Same as above. tons The FIFO allocation Fresh fish fillets included in Not more HS: system accepts 0304 than 10 -1941 50 0% applications only from tons fish merchants. Not more Applications will be Poultry eggs, in shell, fresh 8,004,800 than submitted by un 0% its 1,000,000 authorized eggs units distributors. According Applications are to be Pack submitted by ed honey = > 50 kg/ to p 0% ackag 300e p authorized honey aragraph distributors (see section "Tet" I "Tet" I). Applications are to be Potatoes for industry 6,380 0% submitted by potato processing plants. White fresh asparagus 100 0% Not more The FIFO allocation than 5 tons system accepts applications from fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers or international traders. Fresh mushrooms, excl. those released May through 200 Not more 0% Sept than 5 ton Same as above. s ember Not more Quince 380 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Oranges* 1,000 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Easy peelers* 2,000 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Lemons* 500 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Fresh grapes* 500 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Fresh watermelon* 750 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Melons* 300 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Apricots* 300 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Cherry* 100 0% than 10 Same as above. tons Not more Peach and nectarine* 300 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Fresh Plum and wild plum* 500 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Fresh kiwi* 200 0% than 20 Same as above. tons The FIFO allocation Prun system accepts es 730 0% applications from food merchants. Not more Watermelon seeds 560 0% than 20 Same as above. tons According to the number of applicants and in accordance with No the FIFO allocation t more Food additives for dogs and cats system. A certificate of HS 2309-1020 1,150 0% than 60 approval, in accordance tons with the free import order, must be submitted along with the application. O Not more ther food additives for pets HS 2309 than 60 Same as above. -9020 1,610 0% tons Fresh fish included in HS: 0302- 3120, 0302-3310, 0302-3420 No The FIFO allocation t more , system accepts 0302 than 20 -3520, 0302-3620 100 0% , 0302- applications from only 3920 tons fish merchants. Frozen fish included in HS: 0303-4110 Not more , 0303-4210, 0303- 4310 than 20 Same as above. , 0303-4420, 0303-4520 150 0% , 0303 tons -4620, 0303-4910 Not more Corphish (a type of fish) 50 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Applications will be submitted by pet food G Not more producers (a certificate rated powdered cheese for the p 100 0% than 20 of approval for the use roduction of pet food tons of raw material needs to be signed by an accountant). No The FIFO allocation t more Gamid (a type of che system accepts ese) 100 0% than 20 applications from food tons merchants. Tota Quantity l Descr Quota Per iption Duty Importer Allocation System (metric (metric tons) tons) MERCOSUR: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay (Phytosanitary certificate must be checked for each product and country) Other fish; certified The FIFO allocation system accepts by the Ministry of Not more applications from only fish Agriculture as neither 200 0% than 20 merchants. Application must be raised, nor caught in tons accompanied by a permit from the Israel. Ministry of Agriculture. Not more Packed honey= >1,5 ications are to be submitted by than Appl 20 kg/ packag 200 0% e authorized honey distributors tons No The FIFO allocation system accepts t more applications from fresh fruit and Fresh corn 300 0% than 20 vegetable wholesalers or tons international traders. Not more Chickpeas 400 0% than 20 tons The FIFO allocation system accepts applications from fresh fruit and Gu Not more vegetable wholesalers or ava and Mango (January-May) 300 0% than 20 international traders. Goods must tons clear Customs between January and May; it is not feasible to release goods prior or afterwards. Wat ermelon from O The FIFO allocation system accepts ctober through May, applications from fresh fruit and intervals: 1. vegetable wholesalers or Jan-May, Not more 2013 300 0% than 20 international traders. Goods must 2. tons clear Customs between January Oct-Dec, 2013 and May and between October and Intervals are treated December; it is not feasible to separately release goods prior or afterwards. No The FIFO allocation system accepts t more applications from fresh fruit and Papaya 100 0% than 20 vegetable wholesalers or tons international traders. Not more Apples 500 0% than 20 Same as above. tons Not more Sun O allocation system accepts flower seeds 300 0% than 20 The FIF applications from food merchants. tons Descript otal tity ion T Quota Duty Quan Per Allocation System (metric Importer tons) (metric tons) Rest of the World The FIFO allocation system accepts applications from food merchants. Ch However, the quota is dependent eese (excl. 20% of the Not more 0406 on a final ruling from the Bagatz -1000 and 4,500 goods' CIF than 20 0406 (the Israeli High Court) regarding -9030) value tons case #6040/11. Until a final ruling is issued this quota will not be allocated. NIS2/kg Not more O allocation system accepts Prunes 1,500 (approx. than 40 The FIF $0 applications from food merchants .53/kg) tons The FIFO allocation system will allocate quotas only to importers NIS11/ that pay the MFN duty of frozen kg Not more Frozen tilapia 2,500 tilapia fillets commencing January (approx. than 25 fillets $2 1, 2013. Half of total imported .9/kg) tons quantity is to enjoy duty free treatment, but cannot to exceed 25 tons. Tota Quantity l Per Descr Quota iption Importer Allocation System (metr Duty ic (metric tons) tons) Canada Ro er of ses* 10 0% According to the numb applications. According to number of applications. Potato seeds* 1,000 0% The FIFO allocation system allocates priority to seed potato importers. Allocation: The FIFO allocation system will allocate quotas to Ch importers paying the MFN duty ickpeas 100 0% commencing January 1, 2013. The importer is entitled to import up to 10 tons under duty free treatment. Raspberry, b The FIFO allocation system accepts lueberry, R applications from fresh fruit and edcurrant, 150 0% vegetable wholesalers or cranberry international traders. (0810) * Canary seeds 300 0% The FIFO allocation system accepts applications from food merchants Frozen fish (the HS cod The FIFO allocation system accepts es will be 200 0% applications from only fish shown at the MOAG merchants. office) Mexico Total Quantity Per Description Quota Duty Importer Allocation System (metric (metric tons) tons) Allocation: The FIFO allocation system will allocate quotas to importers paying Chickpeas 300 0% the MFN duty commencing January 1, 2013. The importer is entitled to import up to 20 tons under duty free treatment. Jordan Israel is entitled to import 50,000 ton of The FIFO allocation system accepts applications fresh fruit and vegetables from Jordan under from fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers or duty free treatment according the following international traders. Olives and olive oil are terms: Each application will be checked, and excluded. For olives, applications are submitted if there is a shortage in the Israeli market by olive processing plants. Applications for for a specific product, than the imported olive oil are submitted by producers and product will enjoy duty free treatment. distributors of olive oil. Allocations assigned based on the importer’s market share within the Israeli industry combined with projected shortages in the Israeli market. Special Voluntary Quotas (Under the Ministry of Finance’s Approval) Due to anticipated shortages of chickpeas and peanuts in 2013, and in order to guarantee sufficient supplies of these products in Israel, the Ministry of Agriculture along with the Ministry of Finance approve the following decisions (see below). To import these products under a reduced duty rate, and in consideration of prevailing local market conditions, the following requirements are to be met: 1. Chickpeas from all origins 1. Importers will be granted approval to import Chickpeas under duty free treatment if they have already obtained an import permit for chickpeas under the general import tariff with a start date of January 1, 2013. 2. The volume considered for duty free treatment is equivalent to 25 percent of the total volume of chickpeas imported under the general import tariff (i.e., if the importer requests to import 100 tons, 25 tons will enjoy duty free treatment with the balance assessed the general import tariff rate). 3. The importer will be issued additional import permits only when the previous import permit has been fully utilized (products have been imported) and if the general quota has not been filled. 4. The importers that are issued a quota under one of the free trade agreements (FTA) that Israel has (U.S./EU/Canada/MERCOSUR/Turkey/EFTA) are not permitted to use those same import permits for the new quota. 5. The total tariff rate quota (TRQ) is 8,000 tons. 6. The import permits will be valid through May 31, 2013. 7. Each importer will be given one import permit per day. 8. Based on the supply-demand considerations of the local market, the Ministry of Agriculture will decide if an additional TRQ is needed. If so, a notification will be published on the Ministry of Agriculture’s website. 9. Certificates are required in order to enjoy duty free treatment. To comply with the First Comes First Serve allocation system for food merchants. In addition to the import permit request, an import certificate needs to be attached certifying that the HS Code 0713-2000 will be declared for purposes of the general import tariff commencing January 1, 2013. 2. 2. Peanuts from all origins (HS 1202-4290/4) The total quota will not accede 1,250 tons according to the terms below: A. Not more than 750 tons will be allocated as raw material for the coated peanuts industry: A1: The applicant is required to be coated peanuts processing plant. A2: The applicant needs to submit a certification from an attorney attesting that the applicant is a coated peanut processing plant. Additionally, the attorney’s certificate must include the total volume of peanuts imported for coating in 2011 and 2012. A3: The Ministry of Agriculture is allowed to make additional inquiries if needed. A4: The applicant should add a producer certificate from the Ministry of Health that declares that it is a coated peanuts factory. A5: The applicant should add a certificate that declares that it does not owe any money to the Israeli Corporation Authority (Government Company). A6: The volume considered for duty free treatment is equivalent to 20 percent of the total volume of peanuts (for coated peanuts) imported under the general import tariff, but not to exceed 100 tons per import (i.e., if the importer requests to import 100 tons, 20 tons will enjoy duty free treatment with the balance assessed the general import tariff rate). A7: The total quantity that enjoys duty free treatment will not surpass 115 percent from the average raw material volume utilized by the factory in 2011 and 2012. A8: An additional import permit will be given only after the importer’s accountant has provided a declaration that 80 percent of the volume imported was used at the factory. A9: Each importer is allowed to apply for one import permit per day. B: Not more than 500 tons will be allocated to food merchants according to the below terms: B1: This quota will be allocated according to prevailing local market supply and demand considerations. B2: The applicant is required to submit a certification that it is a food merchant. B3: The applicant is required to add declaration that it does not owe any money to the Israeli Corporation Authority (Government Company). B4: The duty free volume is equivalent to 50 percent of the total peanuts that are imported under the general import tariff, but not more than 25 tons per import permit (i.e., if the importer requests to import 10 tons, same is entitled to import another 10 tons under the duty free treatment). B5: Another import permit will be granted only after the previous import permit has been fully utilized, and only if the total quota has not been filled. B6: Each applicant is allowed one import permit per day. B7: The Ministry of Agriculture can modify the total quota and the total import volume that an importer is granted. B8: The following certificates are required in order to enjoy the duty free treatment To comply with the First Comes First Served allocation system terms for food merchants. In addition to the import permit request, an import certificate needs to be attached certifying that the HS Code 1202-4290 will be declared for purposes of the general import tariff commencing January 1, 2013. 3. The Ministry of Agriculture reserves the right to quota volume for each product. 4. The Ministry of Agriculture reserves the right to modify the quota allocation ratio of each importer or sector. Changes will be made based on supply and demand considerations of the local market. B. General information regarding quotas that are allocated through the lottery allocation system 1. Applications are to be submitted commencing October 14, 2012. 2. The dead line for the application submission is November 8, 2012. 3. All the permits that will be granted to an importer as a result of the lottery will be effective through the end of June, 2013, excluding onions. EU quotas will be allocated according to lottery or on the First Comes First Served basis when the importer has paid the full import tariff. 4. Each applicant is allowed one import permit per day. 5. An importer that did not use his quota by the end of June 2013 (excluding those noted in #3 above) will be permitted an extension of 3 months. Said importer must approach the Ministry of Agriculture before the end of June, 2013 and submit a letter declaring that he will utilize this permit and its shipment order. Alternatively a letter must be submitted which clarifies the cause of the delay. The importer’s request will be discussed internally and notified of the decision taken. 6. If the full quota is not filled in the first lottery round, the balance will be allocated to second round applicants. The quota is open for a period of 3 months. 7. If the quota is not filled in the second round, the balance will be allocated according to the First Comes First Served allocation system. 8. Honey distributors successfully bidding on the EU quota lottery allocation are allowed to submit a request to import packaged honey in larger packages. 9. If an importer wins a quota in 2012, but does not utilize this quota or does not request the Ministry of Agriculture to cancel his permit, said importer will subsequently not be allowed to participate in the 2013 lottery allocation. C. General information regarding the First Comes First Served allocation system, including a certificate that the general import tariff will be paid 1. Applications are required to be submitted commencing January 1, 2013. The general import tariff note from Israeli Customs should be added to the import permit (U.S. and EU pears and apples). 2. The volume in the permit must be identical to the volume that was imported under the general import tariff, but not to exceed 20 tons for apples, 22 tons for pears, and 10 tons for peanuts. 3. The import permit is valid for three months. 4. Each applicant is allowed one import permit per day. 5. An importer that is granted an import permit and fully utilizes the same is allowed to submit a new application without the need to pay the general import tariff for the new shipment. If the total quota has not been filled, the importer will receive an import permit under the duty free treatment. The volume authorized is to be equal to the volume that has been imported under the general import tariff. If the total quota has been fully allocated to other importers, the importer will be placed on a waiting list. 6. For each application (excluding applications under the Israeli-Jordan agreement), the importer must submit a declaration that he will use the quota in the time frame that was provided for the import permit. In the declaration the importer will certify that he is aware that should the permit not be utilized within the time accorded, he will not receive another permit for this product during the current or the following year. It is imperative to specify the products in the declaration. 7. Requests to extend the import permit’s validity are acceptable only if the expiration date of the permit has not transpired. 8. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture requests that importers fully utilize quotas, since these impact trade agreements with other countries. Importers that are granted a quota, but do not utilize their import permit will not be allowed to submit a new application in the current or following year for that specific product. If the importer submits a letter prior to the expiration of the permit requesting to cancel the import permit, he will be allowed to submit a new application for this specific product in the current and the following year. D. General info about First Comes First Served allocation system without a certificate that the general import tariff will be paid 1. Application are to be submitted commencing December 1, 2012. Applications submitted prior to this date will not be considered. 2. Import permits will be allocated based on the following conditions: limited volumes; not part of the lottery allocation system, and; limited to 3 month period (excluding the Israeli- Jordan Agreement). 3. Each applicant is allowed one import permit per day. 4. For each application (excluding applications under the Israeli-Jordan agreement) the importer must declare that the quota will be filled in the timeframe accorded to utilize the import permit. The importer will certify that he is aware that should the import permit not be utilized by its expiration date, he will not receive another permit for this product during the current or following year. 5. An importer that does not fill his quota by its expiration date will be permitted an extension if he notifies the Ministry of Agriculture. A letter must be submitted indicating that he will utilize the import permit, its shipment order, and that the goods are being shipped to Israel. Alternatively a letter must be submitted indicating the reason why the import has been delayed. The importer’s request will be discussed internally and notified of the decision taken. 6. An importer that submits an application to cancel an import permit is allowed to submit a new import permit application for the same product after 30 days. A new import permit can only be issued once the previous one has been cancelled. The authorization of the new import permit is subject to the quota not being fully allocated. 7. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture requests that importers fully utilize quotas, since these impact trade agreements with other countries. Importers that are granted a quota, but do not utilize their import permit will not be allowed to submit a new application in the current or following year for that specific product. If the importer submits a letter prior to the expiration of the permit requesting to cancel the import permit, he will be allowed to submit a new application for this specific product in the current and the following year. Inconsistency between the Ministry of Agriculture’s website data and Israel’s signed Free Trade Agreements (FTA) Total Quota (metric tons) Descr FTA iption Ministry of Agr Partner iculture Publication United States (U.S.) Apples 4,000 3,039 Pears 1,364 1,364 Peanuts 284 284 Raisins 1,277 1,277 Frozen (fresh water fish): HS 0303-2110; 0303-7961; 0303 368 -7971 368 Frozen shrimps 50 50 Squid, fresh or frozen 40 40 Other frozen fish 6,435 6,435 Egg 4 s for Industry 4,697,184 egg 4,697,18s eggs ew quota, Frozen carp fillets 85 N 85 Cheese (all items in HS 0406) 649 649 Potato seeds 3,998 3,998 Cabbage, Broccoli 1,424 1,424 Oranges 1,689 1,689 Lemons 506 506 Grapefruit 1,689 1,689 Other citrus (not easy peelers) 1,689 1,689 Fresh grapes 775 775 Fresh plums 499 499 Fresh peaches and nectarines 735 735 Quince 775 775 Fresh tomatoes 200 200 Fresh onion 200 200 Fresh garlic 143 143 Sunflower seeds 3,000 2,727 Prunes 1,323 1,363 Chickpeas 211 211 Raw corn for pop corn 180 180 European Union (EU) Garlic 230 230 Raisins 120 120 Packaged honey =<1.5 kg per package 180 180 Apples 3,280 3,280 Pears 2,140 2,140 Onions 2,300 2,300 Cheese (all items in HS 0406) 830 830 Live calves 1,200 1,200 Live ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowls, weighing =<185g 2,060,000 un 2,060,000 its units Albacore or longfinned tunas (Thunnus alalunga) 250 250 Skipjack or stripe-bellied bonito 100 100 Fresh fish fillets: HS: 0304-1941 50 50 Birds' eggs, in shell, fresh 8,004,800 un 8,004,800 its units Packaged honey = > 50 kg per package 300 300 Potatoes for industry 6,380 6,380 White fresh asparagus 100 100 Fresh mushrooms, excl. those released May through Septemb 200 200 er Quince 380 380 Oranges 1,000 1,000 Easy peelers 2,000 2,000 Lemons 500 500 Fresh grapes 500 500 Fresh watermelon 750 750 Melons 300 300 Apricots 300 300 Cherry 100 100 Peach and nectarine 300 300 Fresh plum and wild plum 500 500 Fresh kiwi 200 200 Prunes 730 730 Watermelon seeds 560 560 Food additives for dogs and cats 2309-1020 1,150 1,150 Other food additives for dogs and cats 2309-9020 1,610 1,610 Fresh fish: HS:0302-3120, 0302-3310, 0302-3420, 0302-3520, 0302-3620, 0302 00 -3920 100 1 Frozen fish: HS: 0303-4110, 0303-4210, 0303-4310, 0303 150 -4420, 0303-4520; 0303-4620, 0303-4910 150 Corphish (kind of fish) 50 50 Grated powdered cheese for the production of pet food 100 100 Gamid (cheese variety) 100 100 MERCOSUR: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay Other fish; certified by the Ministry of Agriculture as n 200 200 either raised, nor caught in Israel. Packaged honey =<1.5 kg per package 200 200 Fresh corn 300 300 Chickpeas 400 400 Guava and mango (January-May) 300 300 Watermelon from October through May, intervals: 1. Jan-May, 2013 2. 300 300 Oct-Dec, 2013 Intervals are treated separately Papaya 100 100 Apples 500 500 Sunflower seeds 300 300 Canada Roses 10 10 Potato seeds 1,000 1,000 Chickpeas 100 100 Raspberry, blueberry, Redcurrant, cranberry (HS 0810 150 150 ) Canary seeds 300 300 Frozen fish (HS codes selected by Ministry of Ag 200 200 riculture) Raw corn for p 50 op corn 50 Mexico Chickpeas 300 300
Posted: 28 December 2012

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