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GAIN Report - IS5009Page 17 of 2

1. Shipping documentation

United States exporters to Israel must follow United States Government requirements regarding export control documentation. The Israeli Customs Services prefer that exporters use their own commercial invoice forms containing all required information including name and address of supplier, general nature of the goods, country of origin of the goods, name and address of the customer in Israel, name of agent in Israel, terms, rate of exchange (if applicable), Israel import license number (if applicable), shipping information, and a full description of all goods in the shipment including shipping marks, quantity or measure, composition of goods (by percentage if mixed), H.S. tariff heading number, gross weight of each package, net weight of each package, total weight of shipment, price per unit as sold, and total value of shipment. The total value of the shipment includes packing, shipping, dock and agency fees, and insurance charges incurred in the exportation of the goods to Israel.  The commercial invoice must be signed by the manufacturer, consignor, owner, or authorized agent.  United States exporters should also double-check whether other documentation, including bill of lading and packing list, is required.  

Fresh produce and seeds require a phytosanitary certificate (PC) issued by USDA/APHIS.  Fresh and frozen meat and poultry products must be accompanied by an FSIS inspection certificate. The veterinary or phytosanitary requirements of the Israeli authorities are indicated on the import permit which must be obtained prior to contracting for the goods.  Application for an import permit must be made by a resident of Israel.

2. United States Certificates of Origin for Exporting to Israel

In order to benefit from the provisions of the FTAA, a special “United States Certificate of Origin for Exporting to Israel” (CO) must be presented to Israel Customs. The certificate does not need to be notarized or stamped by a Chamber of Commerce if the exporter is also the manufacturer.  Instead, the exporter should make the following 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 United States -Israel Free Trade Area Agreement for goods exported to Israel.”

The actual forms are printed by a number of commercial printing houses in the United States For further information on how to obtain them, United States exporters should contact the United States Department of Commerce Israel Desk Officer in Washington DC.

3. Approved Exporter Status

It is possible for exporters to apply for a blanket CO, or “Approved Exporter” status.  An “approved exporter” needs only to present an invoice which substitutes for the CO, and which contains an “approved exporter” number and a declaration that the goods comply with the origin requirements. Certification and notarization are not necessary.

4. “Approved Exporter” Authorization Procedures

a) A manufacturer or exporter who wishes to become an “Approved Exporter” should complete a declaratory form and present it to: Export Department, Israel Customs Services, 32 Agron Street, P.O. Box 320, Jerusalem.  Potential candidates are United States firms with total annual exports to Israel of at least $20 million who have an unblemished record with the Israel Customs Services.

b) Israel Customs will check whether the manufacturer or exporter complies with the criteria and grant approval for “Approved Exporter” status. The approved exporter will be given an

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