|Population:||7.908 million (2012)|
|Area:||8,019 sq miles|
|Top 5 Largest Cities:||1. Jerusalem 2. Tel Aviv 3. Haifa 4. Rishon LeZion 5. Ashdod|
|Lanuage:||Hebrew & Arabic|
Interested in moving to Israel by professionals? Allow Nationwide Van Lines to handle your household goods voyage properly. We will provide everything necessary to move your furniture into Israel and to your doorstep successfully. Our Certified Packers and Loaders are highly trained by the American Moving and Storage Association to help satisfy your moving needs. Below, you will find very useful information to keep you educated in the task of moving to Israel.
There are certain rules and limitations to follow when it comes to importing household goods into Israel. You can import an unlimited amount of goods duty-free as long as it’s classified as household furnishing. You must have had owned your goods for at least a year. If you are returning to Israel as a citizen, you must have spent at least two years abroad in a foreign country. You are given three times to import household goods into Israel for up to three years. Once your household goods arrive to Israel, you have to be present to clear Customs. You can only import one of each electrical appliance, one refrigerator or one freezer, two fans, two heaters and two air conditioners duty-free.
Import Declaration – A document stating the household goods being shipped.
Certificate of Origin – Must be filled out in English in all caps
Customs Value Declaration – A document used to calculate duties and taxes that states the value of the entire household shipment.
All HHGS and personal effects will be duty-free. If an Israeli citizen living abroad for less than 2 years, you do not qualify for a duty-free import.
Once your household goods have arrived in Israel along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.
Once your household goods have arrived to Israel, there are duties and various taxes you are responsible for. Imported household goods that has a Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value equal to or less than USD $1,000 and equal or less than 66.13 lbs. are not charged duty. Duties can range from 0.8% up to 80% if applicable. If your household goods are coming from a non-European United (EU), a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 18% will be applied. The Purchase Tax range from 5% to a hefty 90% on various items. The port will also charge a small fee of 1.1% of the CIF value of your household goods for Port Tax.
US Certificate of Origin for Exporting to Israel – A necessary form that requires standard information in regards of your household goods shipment.
Customs Declaration Form – A form to fill out after all proper documents prior to Customs clearance has been approved.
When importing into Israel, there are restrictions of what amount of items are deemed duty-free. Below you will find those items and their restrictions:
To keep Customs flowing easily, the proper markings and labeling is highly required. Each label must show the country of origin, the contents inside, the weight and volume (metric units), the name and address of the Israeli importer and the name and address of the manufacturer if necessary. All labels must be written in the Hebrew language.
Please be aware that not every household good is accepted by Customs in France. To avoid any delays and extra charges, please refer to the list of restricted items below.
Some household items are permitted, but still requires either special authorization and/or duties to be paid. Here is a list below of Restricted Items.
The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.
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