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United States to Israel

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Israel. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Shipments of air conditioners for vehicles require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of antennas require a Certificate of Origin.
A shipment containing a clutch for a vehicle requires a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Ministry of Transportation.
Shipments of balloons require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Ministry of Commerce and Trade.
Shipments of batteries require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of beer require authorization from the Ministry of Commerce and Trade. This authorization is not required if no more than 2 liters are being imported on a private basis.
If the value exceeds US$35.00, a Certificate of Origin is required.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of cable require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of cellular telephones require authorization from the Ministry of Communications. The model details/number and Manufacturers name must appear on the Invoice.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments require a Certificate of Origin. If the shipment exceeds 5 kg (11 lbs) in weight, an authorization from the Ministry of Health is required.
Shipments require a Certificate of Origin. If the shipment exceeds 5 kg (11 lbs) in weight, an authorization from the Ministry of Health is required.
Shipments of computer parts or lap top computers require authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of controllers require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of cosmetics require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Ministry of Health.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of dental instruments require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Ministry of Health.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of DVDs require authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of power supplies require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of electronic cards require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of electronic circuits require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of engines require a Certificate of Origin.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of fabric, including cotton and wool, require a Certificate of Origin.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of food require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Ministry of Health.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of furniture require approval from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of glasses, frames for glasses or sun glasses require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of global positioning systems (GPS) require authorization from the Ministry of Communications. The model details/number and Manufacturers name must appear on the Invoice.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of headphones require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of hearing aids and devices require authorization from the Ministry of Health.
Shipments of heating elements require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of hoses require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of Intercompany Data on CD-Rom or disk require an invoice with the value of the data and the value of the CD-ROM or disk and a Certificate of Origin.
For shipments exceeding 35 USD in value, a Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of light bulbs require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of locks require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Machine parts require a Certificate of Origin.
Meat products require approval from the Ministry of Health.
Diagnostic Kits

The import of empty diagnostic kits requires authorisation from the Ministry of Health.

The authorization fee for yearly authorization from the Ministry of Health is 500 shekels  125 $ for each hospital that will be paid once a year.

Medical shipments require a special Import License provided by the Israeli Ministry of Health. Shipments of medicine without the Import License are not permitted.
Shipments of musical instruments require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of pagers require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Ministry of Commerce and Trade.
Shipments of paint require a Certificate of Origin and Dangerous Goods authorization.
Shipments of paper require a Certificate of Origin.
Motor Vehicle Parts

Parts and accessories of motor vehicles classified under tariff code 8708 10 (bumpers and parts), 8708 20 (other parts and accessories), 8708 30 (brakes and servo-brakes and parts thereof), 8708 70 (road wheels and parts and accessories thereof), 8708 80 (suspension systems and parts thereof, including shock-absorbers) and 8708 94 (steering wheels, steering columns and steering boxes; parts thereof) require a transport approval from the Israeli ministry of transportation.

The same applies for oil or petrol filters (HTC 8421 23) or other liquids used in motor vehicles (HTC 8421 29) and for fuel, lubricating or cooling medium pumps for internal combustion piston engines (HTC 8413 30).

Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation) A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only A photocopy of passport or ID card Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Shipments of plastic require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of playstations require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of printed board require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of programmable electronic cards require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of television remote controls require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of rubber products require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of rubber seals require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of screws require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of shoes require authorization from the Institute of Standards and a Certificate of Origin.
A license from the Ministry of Health is required.
Shipments of spices require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Ministry of Health.
Shipments of stationery require a Certificate of Origin.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of stereos require a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of stickers require a Certificate of Origin.
A Certificate of Origin is required.
Shipments of taps, as found in sinks and washbasins, require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of telecommunication equipment, including mobile phones, require authorization from the Ministry of Communications. The model details/number and Manufacturers name must appear on the Invoice.
Shipments of telephone and cellular mobile phone equipment require authorization from the Ministry of Communication. The model details/number and Manufacturers name must appear on the Invoice.
Shipments of televisions require authorization from the Institute of Standards and a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of textiles require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Ministry of Commerce and Trade. All garments must be properly labeled.
Shipments of thermostats require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of cigars require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of toys require approval from the Institute of Standards and a Certificate of Origin.
Shipments of transformers require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.
Shipments of valves require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.
A Certificate of Origin is required. Shipments exceeding 5 kgs require authorization from the Ministry of Health.
Shipments of videos require authorization from the Institute of Standards.
Shipments of vitamins require authorization from the Ministry of Health. Private individuals can only import 3 bottles or units.
Shipments of wine require authorization from the Ministry of Commerce and Trade. This authorization is not required if no more than 2 liters are being imported on a private basis.
Shipments of wood require a Certificate of Origin.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Israel.

Blank airline tickets must be accompanied by a Certificate of Origin or an EUR1. Without the Certificate of Origin, blank airline tickets may be charged an additional tax.

Validated airline tickets are not subject to these taxes.

Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Electronic Cigarettes require a Standard of Institutes Permit to be imported.

Gambling devices are prohibited.
Shipments of jewelry can be shipped as long as the value does not exceed US$500.00 or the local currency equivalent per package.

Jewelry for which the retail price is lower than US$150.00 per item and which do not contain precious metal(s) and/or stone(s) are considered costume jewelry and can be shipped only up to this value from the origin country or territory.

Shipments of gold & silver Jewelry require a Certificate of Origin and authorization from the Institute of Standards.

Only kitchen and housekeeping knives with a blade smaller than 10 cm can be imported.
Sand collectors swords with dull blades can also be imported.
Please refer to general restrictions for knives under Restricted Commodities.
Military equipment is prohibited.
Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
Shipments of watches require a Certificate of Origin.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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