Export to Israel

Table of contents
Export Processing Path through Internal Commercial Crossings
West Bank Commercial Crossings Overview
Export Procedure from the West Bank to Israel

Part 1: Export Processing Path through Internal Commercial Crossings

 


 

Part 2: West Bank Commercial Crossings Overview
 
Between West Bank and Israel, there are four commercial crossings are opened permanent, which are: Tarqumia, Betunia, Taybeh and Al-Jalameh. One commercial crossing are opened seasonally, which is Bisan. M

 
Technical Information
 
Location/ Arrival Direction
Crossing Procedure
Security Inspection (for goods)
Conveying Method
Authority in Charge
Items that are prohibited to cross of
AL Jalameh Crossing
Route 6010 north of Jenin, nearby Al Jalameh village
Back-to-back system
 
1. Upon arrival at a crossing, the Palestinian truck driver is required to register his name at the entrance, and is requested to wait until the Israeli driver is available on the other side of the crossing. 
 
2. The driver is subject to physical security check which normally lasts for at least 15 minutes. In some cases, this may include a strip search. Following this, the driver is requested to open all the doors of the truck and the truck cover (if any) and to switch off the truck’s engine.
 
3. The truck then moves to the inspection area and unload the pallets. The scanning is carried out by portable scanner machine. About three to five trucks (depending on the truck size) are allowed to enter and exit the inspection area at the same time.
 
4. In addition to the scanning process, the cargo may have to undergo a second phase of manual inspection. Depending on the crossing and type of cargo, anywhere between 15% and 60% of the loads are manually inspected. When shipments consist of different materials (for example: clothing hung on plastic hangers), manual inspections are usually mandatory.
 
5. Following inspections, the shipment is transferred to the Israeli truck and allowed to enter Israel
Mobile X-ray inspection unit
Bulk, Pallet,
Crossing Point Authority
 
Shipment contai ners
Office representatives at the crossing:
Customs, DCO, Israeli Police, Agricultural office
Betunia Crossing
 
Through the town Betunia (South-West Ramallah)
From Israeli side: road 433
1. Upon arrival at a crossing, the Palestinian truck driver awaits permission to entry by the Israeli guard. Notification of the presence of the Palestinian driver depends entirely upon information given to the Israeli Crossing Authority by the Israeli truck driver.)
 
2.The driver is subject to physical security check which normally lasts for at least 10 minutes. In some cases, this may include a strip search. Following this, the driver is requested to open all the doors of the truck and the truck cover (if any) and to switch off the truck’s engine.
 
3. The truck then moves towards the inspection area. The inspection procedure depends on the truck type:
a.Israeli Truck (door-to-door delivery): all Israeli cargos should go to the “Sinoun Room” where the truck is inspected inside the room and upon completion the truck will resume its journey to Israel.
b.Palestinian Truck (back-to-back): All Palestinian cargos are subject to manual inspection by soldiers and, in some cases, dogs are used, where the pallets shall offloaded at the inspection dock, following inspections, the shipment is transferred to the Israeli truck and allowed to enter Israel
 
4. Following inspections, the shipment is transferred to the Israeli truck and 
allowed to enter Israel.
 
Manual inspection and sniffing dos
2 filter (for Israeli trucks) chambers;
Back-2-back ramp;
Aggregate
platform,
Silo
 
Pallets, Bulk,
 
Israeli Policy
 
Pallets above 1.6m high

 

 
Customs, Agricultural office,
DCO, Border Patrol, dog
trainers, porters
 
Taybeh (Sha’ar Ephraim) Crossing
West of Tulkarm (about 2 km from city center)
Back-to-back system
1. Upon arrival at the crossing, the truck driver is required to register his name at the entrance, and is requested to wait until the Israeli driver is available on the other side of the crossing. 
 
2. The driver is subject to physical security check which normally lasts for at least 15 minutes. In some cases, this may include a strip search. Following this, the driver is requested to open all the doors of the truck and the truck cover (if any) and to switch off the truck’s engine.
 
3. The truck then moves through the truck scanning machine. Three to five trucks (depending on the truck size) are allowed to enter and exit the scanner at the same time.
 
4. In addition to the scanning process, the cargo may have to undergo a second phase of manual inspection. Depending on the crossing and type of cargo, anywhere between 15% and 60% of the loads are manually inspected. When shipments consist of different materials (for example: clothing hung on plastic hangers), manual inspections are usually mandatory.
 
5. Following inspections, the shipment is transferred to the Israeli truck and allowed to enter Israel
X-ray scanning machine, with a capacity of 5 trucks simultaneously
Pallets, bulk, containers (only for imports)
Crossing Point Authority
 
Outgoing containers, iron bulk,
Office representatives at the crossing:
Customs, DCO, Agricultural office
Tarqumia Crossing
Road 60 and then to road 35
Back-to-back system
1. Upon arrival at a crossing, the truck driver is required to register his name at the entrance, and is requested to wait until the Israeli driver is available on the other side of the crossing. 
 
2. The driver is subject to physical security check which normally lasts for at least 15 minutes. In some cases, this may include a strip search. Following this, the driver is requested to open all the doors of the truck and the truck cover (if any) and to switch off the truck’s engine.
 
3. The truck then moves through the truck scanning machine. Three to five trucks (depending on the truck size) are allowed to enter and exit the scanner at the same time.
 
4. In addition to the scanning process, the cargo may have to undergo a second phase of manual inspection. Depending on the crossing and type of cargo, anywhere between 15% and 60% of the loads are manually inspected. When shipments consist of different materials (for example: clothing hung on plastic hangers), manual inspections are usually mandatory
 
5. Following inspections, the shipment is transferred to the Israeli truck and allowed to enter Israel
Two X-ray scanning machines, with a capacity of 5 trucks simultaneously 
Pallets, bulk, containers (only for stone shipment)
Crossing Point Authority
 
Iron waste
Customs, DCO, Agricultural office, Environment Protection
Bisan Crossing
Route 90, nearby Bardala
 
Open only Seasonally (October- April)
Back-to-back system
Upon arrival at a crossing, the truck driver is required to register his name at the entrance, and is requested to wait until the Israeli driver is available on the other side of the crossing. Perform the unified invoice check and security inspection.
Following inspections, the truck is allowed to enter the exchange area and the shipment is transferred to the Israeli truck and allowed to enter and resume its journey to Israel.
No scanner
Pallets
Crossing Point Authority
 
Only Agricultural crops can cross of this crossing
Customs, DCO, Agricultural office, Israeli
Police

 

(Tarqumia, Betunia, Sha’ar Ephraim, Al Jalameh and Bisan)
 
I. General Requirements to Export from the West Bank to Israel
 
- Unified Invoice (Form # 10)
- Delivery Note
- Specific documents according to product type (see below section)
 
II. Specific Requirements
 
All West Bank crossings share the same procedure in terms of required documentations for particular a product, as follows
 
1. Processed Food
 
  • For Dairy Products, the company must issue a Laboratory Quality Certificate (Form # 11)
  • For Olive Oil, the company must obtain a Testing Report (Form # 12) from the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture which costs NIS 58 and needs 7-10 days.  In addition, the company is also required  to      obtain a Permit for Marketing Agricultural Products (Form # 13) from the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture which costs NIS 10 and needs 1-2 days   
  • For Luncheon Meat Products:
     
  • A Veterinary Certificate from the Veterinary Services and Animal Health Department from the Ministry of Agriculture (Form # 14);
  • The company shall issue a Certificate of Veterinary Supervision signed by the veterinary doctor from the company’s laboratory (Form #15).
  • The company shall meet the Israeli sanitary and phytosanitary standards.
 
2.  Agricultural Crops
 
  • For cash crops, the company must obtain permission for COGAT to sell crops in Israeli Territory. Hence, the export procedure of agricultural crops as follows:
             i. The farmer apply to COGAT through the agricultural inspector Sammer Ma’adi;
            ii. The inspector shall take a sample of the soil, water and the plant for inspection;
           iii.  Upon approval:
  • The inspector allow to print out a sticker that show the farmer name and the expired date,
  • The inspector shall specify the allowable quantity of that specific plant to be exported;
           iv. At the crossing point:
  • the crossing authority requests to separate the vegetables that can go to scanning inspection from those vegetables going for manual inspection on different pallets;
  • the crossing authority obligates farmers to put each type of Vegetables on different pallets regardless which go to manual or scanning inspection;
  • the crossing authority allows only to the last two or three different types of crops to be mixed and set on the same pallet. 
 
3. Pharmaceutical products
 
To sell pharmaceutical products in Israel, Pharmaceutical firms are required to register themselves with the Israeli Ministry of Health.
 
  • None of the firms completed the registration process, either because of the length and difficulty of the process, or because of their belief that complying would be in violation of the Paris Protocol.
  • A few firms indicated that even if they follow the process the Israeli MoH requires an inspection to take place at the factory, which would be impossible since they would not send an Israeli inspector to the West Bank. Hence, their perception and uncertainty of being successful to register at Israeli MoH lead them to be reluctant to initiate the registration process at all. 
 
Another reason is the possibility their registration will be rejected because they are not complying with international patent law, namely by producing generic versions of drugs that companies in WTO member countries still hold patents for. And even though the WB, as non-members, do not need to comply to the international standards enforced on industrial sectors by the WTO, Israeli; however, as a WTO member has a responsibility to prohibit the import or sale of these drugs within its borders. 
 
4. Others: Furniture; Stone and Marble; Garments and Textile
There is no need for any specific document for those sectors
 
III. Shipping Procedures (internal crossings in the WB)
 
West Bank commercial crossings require back-to-back transfers, where goods are inspected by Israeli security and then transferred from trucks originating on one side to trucks on the other side to resume their journey to the Israeli market. After loading the good on the company’s shipping vehicle and attached all required documents, the company will be able to send the products to Israel via one of the internal crossings. The shipping and the back-to-back procedures are as follows:
 
1. Upon arrival at a crossing, the truck driver is required to register his name at the entrance, and is requested to wait until the Israeli driver is available on the other side of the crossing. 
 
(*The exception to this is Betunia Crossing, where there is currently no registration for Palestinian truckers. Notification of the presence of the Palestinian driver depends entirely upon information given to the Israeli Crossing Authority by the Israeli truck driver.)
 
2. The driver is subject to physical security check which normally lasts for at least 15 minutes. In some cases, this may include a strip search. Following this, the driver is requested to open all the doors of the truck and the truck cover (if any) and to switch off the truck’s engine.
 
3.  The truck then moves through the truck scanning machine. Three to five trucks (depending on the truck size) are allowed to enter and exit the scanner at the same time. The exception to this is Betunia, which is run by the Israeli Police and does not have scanners. The inspection procedure depends on the truck type:
 
a. Israeli Truck: all Israeli cargos should go to the “Sinoun Room” where the truck is inspected inside the room and upon completion the truck will resume its journey to Israel.
b. Palestinian Truck: All Palestinian cargos are subject to manual inspection by soldiers and, in some cases, sniffing dogs, where the pallets shall offloaded at the inspection dock. Following inspection, the shipment is transferred to the Israeli truck and allowed to resume its journey to Israel.
 
4. In addition to the scanning process, the cargo may have to undergo a second phase of manual inspection. Depending on the crossing and type of cargo, anywhere between 15% and 60% of the loads are manually inspected. When shipments consist of different materials (for example: clothing hung on plastic hangers), manual inspections are usually mandatory.
 
5. Following inspections, the shipment is transferred to the Israeli truck and allowed to enter Israel.
 
 
 
 
 
[1] Commercial Crossings Monitoring Program—Cargo Movement and Access Monitoring and Reporting Program. Financed by: Norwegian Consultant Trust Fund, Under the supervision of: The World Bank (MNSED) Finance and Private Sector Unit
 
by Norwegian Consultant Trust Fund. Under the supervision of: The World Bank (MNSED) Finance and Private Sector Unit