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Annex 16: IMPORT OF INTOXICATING BEVERAGES
MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE
IMPORT OF INTOXICATING BEVERAGES2.5
1 - A
For the purpose of import of intoxicating beverages to Israel, the importer must obtain a special permit from the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the import of intoxicating beverages, in accordance with the provisions of the Free Import Order, 1978. The requirement for a special permit for the import of intoxicating beverages was intended to protect the public health and to prevent beverage consumers from being misled.
1 - B
The purpose of this circular is to set forth the conditions and procedures for the granting of special permits for the import of intoxicating beverages.
2 - A
As a general rule, there are two principal stages in the process of import of intoxicating beverages. The first stage involves receipt of a special permit, prior to import, and requires the use of an “Application for Import License” (or “Application for Special Permit”) form. The second stage involves receipt of a permit for release of the merchandise, and requires the use of an “Examination and Release of Intoxicating Beverages” form.
2 - B
This circular, with regard to the type and quality of the examination required, distinguishes between the import of intoxicating beverages to Israel for the first time and the import of intoxicating beverages which have already been imported in the past. As a general rule, the import of intoxicating beverages for the first time requires the importer to produce certificates of origin from the manufacturer, whereas the import of intoxicating beverages which have been imported in the past does not require the importer to produce such certificates. In both cases, the importer is required to provide the Consumer Goods Administration in the Ministry of Industry and Trade with a certificate of examination by an approved laboratory, attesting to the fact that the beverage is not toxic and that it complies with all of the requirements of the law and of this circular. A certificate of examination is required both in the stage prior to the import and in the stage of release of the products from Customs.
UNCLASSIFIEDUSDA Foreign Agricultural Service