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GAIN Report - IS5009Page 47 of 2

1.  Commercial Invoice.

Three copies are required. If more than on commodity is being imported in the same shipment then each must be described separately on the invoice or a separate commercial invoice must be used for each. The Israel 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 if the customer in Israel, terms, rate of exchange (if applicable), shipping information, and a full description of all goods in the shipment including shipping market, quantity or measure, composition of goods (by percentage if mixed), 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 shipment includes packing shipping, dock and agency fees, and insurance charges incurred in the exportation of goods to Israel. The Commercial invoice must be signed by the manufacturer, consignor, owner, or authorized agent.

2.  United States Certificate of Origin.

In order to benefit from the provision of the United States - Israel Trade Area Agreement

(FTAA), a special "United States Certificate of Origin for export 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 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 Agreement for good exported to Israel."

Actual CO forms are printed by a number of commercial printing houses in the United States, specializing in export document forms.

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


Potential candidates are Unites States firms with total annual exports to Israel of at least $20 million who have a clean recorded with the Israel Customs Service.

3.  Kosher certification for dairy products is a commercial requirement.  Supermarkets and most hotels will not stock products, which are not kosher.  The competent authority for kosher certification is :

Chief Rabbinate of Israel

Head of Imports Division

Kashrut Department

58 King George Street


UNCLASSIFIEDUSDA Foreign Agricultural Service

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