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What is the minimum for a Jerusalem – Haifa move?




Q: My nephew and his new wife, both new olim, are now living in Haifa where he is a student at the Technion. We want to give them a stove and small, two-seater couch for their apartment but we live in Jerusalem. We have checked with several moving companies who wanted at least 1,000 shekels for doing this move, which seems ridiculously high and is beyond their student budget. Is there any way to find out how they could do this move for much less, possibly by sharing a van with someone else or using an empty van returning to Haifa after unloading in Jerusalem? Any information would be most appreciated. Thank you. Marni.

A: Dear Marni, Well, we certainly have to come up with a solution so your nephew and his wife will be able to cook their meals! Unfortunately, even though it is a small job, it still requires at least two people to carry the oven and couch. A quick calculation of salaries for two men for at least five hours (round trip from Jerusalem to Haifa plus loading and unloading) plus five hours of trucking time would indicate that NIS 1,000 is perhaps appropriate. If you are able to arrange loading and unloading from the truck, then you no longer need a “moving company” and instead can use a freight company for the transport. Freight companies drive their truck up to a loading dock, receive the freight and deliver to a loading dock where the freight is removed from their truck. They will not make a special trip for your goods and therefore can offer you significant savings over a moving company. I hope this solution will get the oven to them in time for preparing their Shabbat meals.

Q: I do not yet have a date for Aliyah. Is it too early to do a visual estimate?

A: Even if you don’t have your exact flying date, we can still perform the visual estimate.

Q: I won’t have an address in Israel until after I get there. Can I still arrange pick-up?

A: We can pick up and even ship your goods without a final destination. Obviously we can’t deliver the goods without a final destination. Please ask your Aliyah Shipping specialist for more details.

Q: What should my goods be insured for?

A: UTS Insurance specifies goods be insured for “Replacement Value at Destination” so you should insure your goods for what it would cost to buy a new one here in Israel. If you have no idea of prices here in Israel, ask your Aliyah Shipping Specialist for online stores, or general guidelines for price differences.

Q: I’m getting a grant from an organization to help pay for my Aliyah shipping, but I won’t get the money until after the first payment is due. Are the terms flexible?

A: Our terms are pretty strict; however please let your Aliyah Shipping Specialist know which organization is supplying the grant or loan. Chances are good we can work with them to help you with shipping for Aliyah. Ultimately, however, the final payment is due before delivery, so please make sure you have the ability to pay before you ship.

Where can I buy 220 volt appliances in the US?

The 220 volt stores:


George Kunst or Yisrael


(718) 786-9990


Avi Fiegerlstein

Bondy Export Corp

(212) 925-7785

[email protected]

How can I get an exemption for Custom Duties?

If you do not have an exemption as a “returning resident,” new immigrant, or as a diplomat, you may be eligible for an exemption from those countries with whom Israel has a free trade agreement.  If there is such an agreement and the goods you are shipping are manufactured in the same country as the country of export, you will need an Certificate of Origin.  Some countries have a special form and only these forms are accepted by Israeli Customs.


In the US, it is called Certificate of Origin for Free Trade with Israel.


In Europe, it is called a Eur1.

Q: What tips do you have for the day of the delivery of my shipment?

1.  Children and pets do not “mix” well with movers.  If at all possible, leave them with friends or neighbors while your goods are being delivered.

2.  The crew will place every box and package in the room you want.

3.  They will unwrap large appliances and large furniture and remove the debris on the delivery day.  (As you unpack boxes, you should discard the boxes in either a recycling bin or the trash bin – if you ask us to return to discard debris, there will be a charge.)

4.   One person with a copy of the packing list should stand at the end of the truck as it is unloaded.  As each item is unloaded, the crew will call out the number and that number should be checked off on the “bingo” sheet or the packing list.  Any external damage should be noted on the bingo sheet or packing list.

5.  Please call your shipping consultant if anything comes up during delivery and of course, let them know if there is any damage (hopefully not) so they can help with an insurance claim.

What is the difference between Total Loss insurance and All Risk Coverage?


“Total Loss” is just that – it will cover catastrophic loss such as the container / boat sinking, the truck turning over, the crane operator dropping the container at port and if a hold is poked in the container and there is water damage.  It will not cover a broken plate or broken leg of a table.


“All Risk” will cover all the above plus things like a broken plate, etc. etc if we have “professionally packed” it.  In short, all risks are covered.  As you can see below, based on the size of the deductible, your premium will go up or down.  You will declare the value of your goods and then payment is calculated based on the premium / deductible combination you choose.

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