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Israeli Citizens and Tourists

Israeli citizens, tourists and students returning from abroad within a two year timeframe

Israeli citizens returning after less than two years and tourists do not enjoy the same tax benefits offered to new immigrants and “returning residents” (those returning after more than two years overseas).

Israeli citizens who return to Israel from abroad within two years are not considered “Toshavim Hozrim”, and are therefore subject to paying full duty charges, purchase tax (regarding certain items) and VAT, in accordance with the regulations of the Israel Tax Authority.

The following information must be taken into consideration when leaving Israel and upon returning within two years:

Upon leaving Israel with the intent of returning within less than two years, it is important to declare all items you are taking with you and that you will return to Israel, in order to receive a tax exemption regarding said items. Ask to fill out an export packing list (customs form no. 86) and have it stamped by a customs officer.

A few items are only charged with VAT (currently 16%). These include books, musical instruments, bicycles and computers. As such, these items may be worth importing.

Port Taxes are charged to all importers to Israel via a sea port.

Israeli Citizens can import a car less than two years from the date of manufacture.

Many items are still worth importing (and paying the relevant taxes), rather than buying here in Israel. For example, high end furniture, appliances, clothing, kitchenware and other household goods are often less expensive to ship and import. Feel free to send us a list of what you plan to ship for an estimate of import duties.

Customs Guide for Immigrant and foreign resident Guide

Taken from the Israel Tax Authority (PDF view)

Tourists can import any car without paying taxes. However, the car can only stay in Israel for up to 12 months. There are certain variations on this law, depending on the type of tourist visa you have (student visa, B1 Visa, etc). Tourists with a Student Visa may keep their imported car in Israel as long as they are enrolled in a recognized institute of higher education.

Sonigo offers a full service package regarding import to Israel and export from Israel, which includes handling all formalities involved in clearing your shipment through customs.

If you would like an estimate of what import duties your shipment entails, please contact us directly. Our customs representatives will be happy to provide you with relevant information, courteous advice and quality service!

Cargo insurance

Our affiliation with FIDI Faim, ensures that Sonigo enjoys an unwavering seal of quality reserved for the finest of shipping companies. This allows us to guarantee that your cargo is in the safest possible of hands.

Packing Specialists

Sonigo employs a team of trained and knowledgeable commercial packing specialists, who apply the same level of skill and sensitivity when packing standard office files and supplies, delicate hardware, heavy machinery, furniture or wine bottles

Storage Solution

Sonigo’s storage facilities cover 6,000 square meters (almost 65,000 square feet), and are located in central Israel in an area conveniently accessible to clients and near air and sea ports.

Shockproof packaging

We specialize in shockproof packaging, while often designing shock-absorbing double-wall crates and including reinforcements, coils and lining for delicate and irreplaceable items. When required, tilt and shock meters are also attached to ensure valuable commercial cargo enjoys maximum safety while in transit.

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