Guide to Sending Parcels to Israel

The modern nation of Israel dates from only 1948, however, its land bears the stamps of millennia of history. Also known as the Holy Land, Israel is the spiritual home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims - each of whom have left their marks in numerous ways.

In Jerusalem alone, a few iconic structures known to all include:

  • The Western Wall
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • The Temple Mount

In spite of their long history, today's Israelis are planted firmly in the 21st century. Their rate of internet penetration is the highest in the Middle East and close to the European average.

As a result, e-commerce revenue is expected to grow at an annual rate of 13.8% through to 2024.

Information for this page was taken from the Israeli Ministry of Finance and the Israeli Ministry of Economy & Industry.

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Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Dec 2, 2020
8:49 am
EILAT, EI, IL
Delivered
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7:18 am
BEERSHEVA, BE, IL
In transit
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9:03 pm
HERZLIYA, HE, IL
International Clearance
Nov 30, 2020
8:14 am
ACRE, AC, IL
In transit
Nov 30, 2020
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Nov 29, 2020
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Israel before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
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Documents Only

Document shipments to Israel have a limit of 5 kg per shipment. Above this, an invoice is required if the value of the contents is $5 USD per kilogram.

CD-Roms and diskette attachments are not considered documents.

Typical examples of documents include:

  • Annual reports
  • Bids
  • Drawings
  • Examination papers
  • Intercompany mail
  • Negotiable bonds and drafts
  • Passports

The following may be sent as document shipments if they abide by the conditions listed.

Item Restriction
Brochures Maximum 5 kg per shipment; invoice required if greater than 5 kg and contents' value is $5 USD or greater

Anything above this limit will require an invoice with a minimum value of US$5.00 per kg
Catalogues Maximum 5 kg per shipment; invoice required if greater than 5 kg and contents' value is $5 USD or greater
Cheques Only if cheques are completed; blank cheques are non-documents
Company newsletters Only if shipment weight less than 3 kg
Diplomas Only if shipped in a document envelope
Event tickets - football (soccer) matches, concerts, and stage performances Cannot be sent from a printing company to an event organiser or ticket sales office
Magazines Only if shipment weighs less than 3 kg
Maps Only if shipment weighs less than 3 kg
Newspapers Only if shipment weighs less than 3 kg
Pamphlets Only if shipment weighs less than 3 kg
Price lists Only if shipment weighs less than 3 kg
Proposals Only if shipment weighs less than 3 kg
Seismic data Only if shipment weighs less than 3 kg
Technical manuals Only if shipment weighs less than 3 kg
Visa applications Only if completed

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_

Shipping Gifts to Israel

Shipping Gifts

Gift shipments to Israel from Canada are exempt from customs duties and VAT up to a value of $75 USD (about $100 CAD).


Conditions:

  • The exemption does not apply to tobacco products and alcoholic beverages
  • The gift is for personal use

Shipments valued greater than $75 USD but less than $500 USD (about $665 CAD), will incur VAT but no customs duties. From $500 USD and up, both duties and VAT will be incurred.

Certain items, notably televisions and cell phones, will incur a purchase tax.

NOTE:
If 2 shipments sent from the same individual arrive to the same person in Israel within 72 hours of each other, their values are added together for the purposes of calculating taxes owing.

A gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Israel is exempt from duties and VAT up to a value of $75 USD (about $100 CAD).

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Israel will incur duties and taxes.

Gifts of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not exempt from taxes.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

There is no information available at this time regarding gift shipments from a business in Canada to a business in Israel.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

There is no information available at this time regarding a gift shipment from a business in Canada to an individual in Israel.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
S.Y. Agnon
16 Klausner St.
Talpiyot
Jerusalem
933 8814
Israel

Phone: 972 02-6716498
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

Providing the value of the shipment is $75 or less (about $100 CAD), no duties or VAT will be charged.

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not exempt from taxes.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
S.Y. Agnon
16 Klausner St.
Talpiyot
Jerusalem
933 8814
Israel

Phone: 972 02-6716498
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://taxes.gov.il/English/customs/PersonalImport/Pages/PersonalImportationbyParcelPost.aspx


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Israel

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects can be shipped to Israel from Canada exempt from duties and taxes.

Personal effects include items such as:

  • Clothing and footwear
  • Toiletries
  • Portable handheld tools
  • Furniture and electrical devices - 1 item of each type

Conditions for a tax exemption include:

  • A maximum of 2 televisions and 2 personal computers per family
  • Personal effects may be shipped in up to 3 shipments
  • The goods are to arrive in Israel within 3 years from your date of entrance to the country

NOTE:
You must be able to show proof of having made living arrangements in Israel, i.e. a contract or lease for a residence.

Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information at this time regarding students moving temporarily to Israel to study.

Non-Students

There is no information at this time regarding non-students moving temporarily to Israel.


Moving Permanently

If you are an Israeli resident returning to Israel from Canada, you may ship your personal effects exempt from import taxes providing:

  • You are 18 years of age or older and have lived in Israel
  • You have lived in Canada for 2 or more years
  • You have visited Israel for no more than 4 months - either continuously or in total - in each year you were away

Personal effects shipped are for the personal use of the individual or family for a period of 6 years. And they are not to be given away or donated during that time.


Personal effects shipped are for the personal use of the individual or family for a period of 6 years. And they are not to be given away or donated during that time.

Eligible items include:

  • Clothing and footwear
  • Sports equipment
  • Home office equipment
  • Furniture
  • Handheld portable tools used for your profession or trade (maximum value of $1,650 USD - about $2200 CAD)
  • Electric and electronic devices ( a maximum of one item of each type)
  • Two televisions and 2 personal computers per family

NOTE: All eligible household effects are to enter Israel using a maximum of 2 shipments.


Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • Proof of home ownership or a lease on a residence in Israel
  • An Israeili citizen returning to Israel permanently must show that he or she has arranged their compulsory IDF service

Sources:
https://taxes.gov.il/English/customs/PersonalImport/Pages/Immigrant-and-Foreign-Resident-Guide.aspx

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
S.Y. Agnon
16 Klausner St.
Talpiyot
Jerusalem
933 8814
Israel

Phone: 972 02-6716498
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Israel

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Food imported to Israel from Canada must be packaged from its source and labelled in English or French.

Conditions of import:

  • A shipment may be a maximum of 15 kg (no one product can weigh more than 5 kg)
  • Israelis may only import food 6 times a year

You May Ship

  • Saffron (maximum of 20 g per shipment)
  • Hard cheeses (maximum of 5 kg)
  • Canned fish
  • Spices (maximum of 5 kg, but no more than 500 go of any one spice)
  • Food supplements (maximum of 15 items, but only 5 of any one type)
  • Dietary supplements (maximum of 20 items, but only 5 of any one type)
  • Food supplements for athletes (10 kg per shipment)

Do Not Ship

  • Baby food formula
  • Foods with animal ingredients (meat, fish, and milk, except canned fish and hard cheeses)

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://www.gov.il/en/departments/faq/faq_personal_import
https://www.Israelishortcut.org/NewsPage.aspx?l=2&id=3200&c=1

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
S.Y. Agnon
16 Klausner St.
Talpiyot
Jerusalem
933 8814
Israel

Phone: 972 02-6716498
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Israel

Samples

Commercial samples are shipped to promote products and encourage sales. Typically, samples with little or no commercial value may enter Israel exempt from duties and VAT.

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
https://www.gov.il/BlobFolder/policy/customs-procedures-270513_acc/he/customs_english-conditional-exemption-procedure_ACC.pdf
https://www.chamber.org.il/38991/39012/legality-of-the-import/

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
S.Y. Agnon
16 Klausner St.
Talpiyot
Jerusalem
933 8814
Israel

Phone: 972 02-6716498
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Israel

Advertising Material

There is no information available at this time regarding shipping advertising material to Israel from Canada.

Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
S.Y. Agnon
16 Klausner St.
Talpiyot
Jerusalem
933 8814
Israel

Phone: 972 02-6716498
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Have your goods warranty repaired in Israel

Repairs

Equipment that was shipped to Canada for repair will incur taxes on the value of the repair when it returns to Israel.

Items Under Warranty

Goods and equipment shipped to Canada for repair done under a warranty are exempt from Israeli import taxes providing the work was done without charge and during the warranty period.

NOTE: For items valued up to $200 USD (about $265 CAD), one of the following documents must accompany the shipment:

  • Correspondence with the Canadian supplier
  • Import declaration
  • Purchase invoice

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Equipment no longer under warranty that is repaired in Canada will incur taxes on the value of the repair when it returns to Israel.

Sending Product for Repair to Israel

There is no information at this time regarding sending equipment to Israel for repair.

Returning Repaired Product to Israel

Equipment repaired in Canada and returned to Israel will incur taxes on the value of the repair.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Israel or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://taxes.gov.il/English/customs/PersonalImport/Pages/PersonalImportationbyParcelPost.aspx

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
S.Y. Agnon
16 Klausner St.
Talpiyot
Jerusalem
933 8814
Israel

Phone: 972 02-6716498
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Israel

Temporary Imports

Temporary imports to Israel are expected to be for a specific purpose and are to undergo no changes during their stay in Israel.

Goods that qualify as a temporary import are those for public display at an exhibition, trade show, or fair. It is expected that they return to Canada once the event is finished, but no longer than 2 years after the date of importation.

Goods shipped without an ATA Carnet will require a bank guarantee to cover the duties owing.

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Israel, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a commercial invoice. More details are shown in the table.

Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to choosing option 1 or 2, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than 2 years in Israel
NOTE:
  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannotclear goods of temporary nature)
Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.gov.il/BlobFolder/policy/customs-procedures-270513_acc/he/customs_english-conditional-exemption-procedure_ACC.pdf

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
S.Y. Agnon
16 Klausner St.
Talpiyot
Jerusalem
933 8814
Israel

Phone: 972 02-6716498
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Israel

Permanent/Sold Goods

Occasional Shipper

If you occasionally ship goods to Israel, for e.g. through eBay, they will be exempt from VAT and duties if the shipment's value is $75 USD (about $100 CAD) or less.

Regular Shipper

If you regularly ship sold goods to Israel, we recommend using a licenced Israeli customs broker.

Sources:
https://www.gov.il/en/departments/guides/import_guide_beginners?chapterIndex=3

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
S.Y. Agnon
16 Klausner St.
Talpiyot
Jerusalem
933 8814
Israel

Phone: 972 02-6716498
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Israel. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Israel, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Prohibited goods are not allowed entry into Israel, while restricted goods may enter but must abide to quantity limitations or other rules.

Prohibited Items

  • Non-kosher meats and meat by-products
  • Tobacco products and tobacco substitutes
  • Previously used beekeeper equipment
  • Packing sacks that were used to carry plant material
  • Live organisms
  • Motor skateboards
  • Devices that disrupt laser speed meters
  • Offensive and indecent goods and films
  • Explosives and flammable materials
  • Gun-like or pen-like shooting devices
  • Tear gas and mace containers in the shape of a shooting device
  • Swords, spears, and offensive knives
  • Materials used to prepare or consume illicit drugs
  • Counterfeit or forged documents and currency
  • Goods used for violence, racism, or terrorism
  • Goods identified with signs of a terrorist group

Restricted Goods

  • Tickets and advertising materials for gambling and lotteries
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Perfumes
  • Foodstuffs and supplements
  • Plants and seeds
  • Baby monitors, mobile and smartphones, remote controls

Sources:
https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/s376_e.pdf
https://taxes.gov.il/English/customs/PersonalImport/Pages/CustomsTuristGuide.aspx
http://www.Israelishortcut.org/Services.aspx?l=2&c=3&id=68
https://taxes.gov.il/English/customs/PersonalImport/Pages/Immigrant-and-Foreign-Resident-Guide.aspx

Duty & Taxes

Goods shipped to Israel will incur duties and VAT, which are calculated using the CIF value (sum of the customs value, insurance, and freight costs).

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

By knowing the CIF value of a shipment, you will be able to predict the duties owed by the recipient.

Thresholds

The threshold (de minimis value) for a shipment to incur duties and VAT is $75 USD (about $100 CAD).

Therefore, shipments of less than $75 USD - excluding shipping and insurance (if listed separately on the invoice) - are exempt from import taxes.

Currency New Israel Shekel (NIS)
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value $75 USD (about $100 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 17%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
$75 USD (about $100 CAD)
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports

Under the terms of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA), many goods shipped to Israel from Canada have a reduced or zero duty rate.

Excise taxes

Shipments of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages to Israel incur excise taxes. Details can be found here

  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and WinesSpirits: tax free
    Wines: 12% + 1.35 NIS per litre
    but not less than 5 NIS
    (about $2 CAD) per litre
  • Tobacco0%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles0%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & Pants0%
  • Home Appliances0%
  • Toys0%
  • Sports Equipment0%

Sources:
https://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/Israel/fta-ale/index.aspx?lang=eng
https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/s376_e.pdf
https://shaarolami-query.customs.mof.gov.il/CustomspilotWeb/he/CustomsBook/Autonomy/AutonomyCustomsEntry
https://www.gov.il/en/departments/guides/personal_import?chapterIndex=3
https://www.tariffinder.ca/en/getStarted
https://www.macmap.org/en//query/results?reporter=376&partner=124&product=220421&level=6
https://www.macmap.org/en//query/results?reporter=376&partner=124&product=220820&level=6

Israel Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Israel



Can I ship to Israel?

Shipping to Israel from Canada can take between 3-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 1-2 months to complete the delivery.

Find out how fast the Secureship trusted carriers can get your shipment delivered to Israel by getting a quote now.


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