Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Israel

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 12/11/2012

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact an analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Israel
On September 1, 1985, the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement was implemented. Under this agreement, import duties on U.S. textile and apparel goods entering into Israel, which meet the Agreement rules of origin, have been eliminated. For more information on the provisions for textile and apparel products in the Agreement, see the OTEXA webpage on the U.S.- Israel Free Trade Agreement. U.S. textile and apparel exports that do not qualify under the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement are subject to non-preferential import duties.

Israel Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
0
-wool
5105-5110
0
-cotton
5204-5207
0 - 6
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
0
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 6
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
0
-wool
5111-5113
6
-cotton
5208-5212
0 - 6
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
0
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
0 - 6
Knit Fabric
60
0 - 6
.........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
0 - 6
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 6
........................
Apparel
61-62
0 - 6
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
63
0 - 12
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
* 0 - 12

0 - 12

0
*Certain products are also subject to specific per unit duty rates

For more detailed tariff information, see the Israel Tax Authority website or the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

To obtain information about tariffs on individual U.S.-origin products exported to FTA member countries, you may use the FTA Tariff Tool.
Additional Import Taxes and Fees--A VAT (valued added tax) of 17% is applied on virtually all services and products sold in Israel, including imports. The VAT on imports is levied on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, and freight) landed cost plus purchase tax. In addition to the VAT, Israel may apply the following fees: a Port Fee of one percent on the c.i.f. value of the product is imposed on goods sent by ship; a Stevedoring Fee of 0.5 percent of the c.i.f. value is imposed when products are unloaded from ships; and a Purchase Tax is applied to specific products, primarily luxury and consumer items. Calculation of the Purchase Tax is based on the wholesale price of domestic products and on the c.i.f. landed value plus "Tama" (the Hebrew acronym for "additional rate of increase") on imports.

Temporary Entry/Samples--Temporary entry of U.S.-made goods may be effected either with an "ATA Carnet" issued by a U.S Chamber of Commerce or through payment of a deposit, reimbursable upon re-export.

ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Israel)


As part of the FTA, to benefit from zero customs duties, U.S. exporters are required to state the value of the U.S. content of shipment as a percentage of the ex-factory product price, on a “Certificate of Origin for Exports to Israel” (CO). Correct CO forms can be obtained from an America-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

All administrative import licensing requirements for U.S.-made consumer and industrial goods have been eliminated under the FTA.

A hard copy, green color Certificate of Origin (CoO) is required for all shipments from the United States to Israel to qualify for preferential access to the Israeli market, The CoO is not mandatory but U.S. exporters are encouraged to present it to Israeli Customs. U.S. goods that are transshipped through third countries require a Certificate of Non-Manipulation from the customs authority of the third country, in order to qualify for the FTA preferential tariff.

If the exporter is also the manufacturer the CoO does not need to be notarized or stamped by a Chamber of Commerce. Instead, the exporter should sign the declaration in box 11 of the certificate: "The undersigned hereby declares that he is the producer of the goods covered by this certificate and that they comply with the origin requirements specified for those goods in the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Area Agreement for goods exported to Israel”. The U.S. Commercial Service should be contacted for more information at Certificate of Origin for Exporting to Israel

Potential candidates for “Approved Exporter” status are U.S. firms with total annual exports to Israel of at least $20 million that have a clean record with the Israel Customs Service. Israel. Once "Approved Exporter" status is granted, the exporter will be given an identity number to be stamped on all invoices. The approval is valid for six months, after which the exporter should receive an automatic extension from Israel Customs.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Israel)

There is a ban on imports of seconds fabrics.
U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction

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Standards - Israel
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Standards Institution of Israel - SII

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Israel

Israel has strict marking and labeling requirements that frequently differ from those of other countries. U.S. exporters should consult with their Israeli importer prior to shipping any product that will be offered to the local market. Specific information on labeling and packaging standards is available from the Department of Weights and Measures, Ministry of Economy.

Garments must bear a label in Hebrew. English may be added provided the printed letters are no larger than those in Hebrew. The label must be made of a woven material and include name and contact information of the producer and the importer, country of origin, material composition, and care instructions (written or in graphics).

Labels should be attached or sewn on to the product before importation into Israel. However, it may be admissible to attach the labels in a bonded warehouse in Israel.

Labeling requirements in the Palestinian Authority areas:

Labels in Arabic with the following details are required.

  • Name of product
  • Trademark (if any)
  • Grade of product
  • Name of importer and the importer's address
  • Place of origin, the name and address of the manufacturing company
  • Date of production and date of expiration
  • List of ingredients that make up the product
  • Storage directions
  • Quantity in numbers, length or area as applicable

For more information, see the Palestinian Standards Institute -PSI.

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Market Information - Israel

Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ):
In 1996, the U.S. Congress established the Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ) initiative to support the peace process in the Middle East. The QIZ initiative allows Egypt and Jordan to export products to the United States duty-free, as long as these products contain inputs from Israel. The QIZ legislation authorizes the President to proclaim elimination of duties on articles produced in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and qualifying industrial zones in Jordan and Egypt. In order to obtain duty-free access to the U.S. market under the initiative, the goods must be produced in designated QIZ factories and meet specific rules of origin requirements. See the section on QIZs for more information.



U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:

OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations


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