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GAIN Report - IS5009Page 16 of 2

The procedures for the two groups are as follows:

Importer Registration:

1. The importer must fill out an application that he is a qualified importer, and he declares that  he or someone on his behalf has a warehouse for the purpose of storage. This procedure is used for the two kinds of products.

2. An importer of regular products has to fill out the following certificate: Importer Statement.

3. Following the importer certificates filling, he will receive an official importer certificate from

the Israeli Food & Nutrition Services.

Product Registration:

1. Requires filing a preliminary application for authorization to import regular food products.  

Non-Regular Products:

Importation of these kinds of products requires the following procedures:

1. See section 1- importer registration.

2. A preliminary application for authorization to import food products, and a border station  

release application. The following certificates are required for the purpose of releasing the

food products from the border station:

a. original/copied official importer certificate.

b. original/copied food certificate.

c. shipment invoice.

d. gate pass certificate.

e. copy of the bill of lading and packing list.

f. copy of the import tax.

Import Licenses

All import licensing requirements for U.S. made consumer and industrial goods have been eliminated under the United States - Israel Free Trade Area Agreement (FTAA) of 1985 and World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. Imported food items require the approval of the Ministry of Health’s Food Control Administration, which is also responsible for approval of labeling and packaging. All plant material (including dried fruits and nuts) requires import approval from the Plant Protection and Inspection Service. Unprocessed and unpackaged imported meat must be licensed by the Israel Veterinary Services (IVS) and originate in a plant which has been certified as approved by the IVS.  Packaged meat and poultry for retail sale is subject to licensing by the Food Control Administration of the Ministry of Health.  Israel law requires that all meat and poultry imports be certified kosher by the Rabbinical Council of the Chief Rabbinate or a body authorized by the Council.  As an exception it is possible to import nonkosher beef offal. Israel’s veterinary authorities ban imports of bone-in beef from countries where there is a danger of transmitting Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) or Bovine Spongiform Encephaly (BSE), also known as the Mad Cow Disease.

I.  Import Documentation

UNCLASSIFIEDUSDA Foreign Agricultural Service

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