Imports from the International Market - Specific Requirements

Table of content
Food Products
Pharmaceutical products
Agricultural Products
Vehicles
Chemicals Materials
Products Under Quotas and Lists
Standards Approvals

Specific Requirements:


There are certain requirements that need to be fulfilled prior to importing and during the clearing process of the goods at the point of entry as they may result in major delays and additional cost if not fulfilled. These requirements depend on the type of goods as follows:


Food Products

Import license for food products
The requirements needed for the importing of food products to the West Bank and Gaza are as in the chart below:

 

Other Requirements:

 

1. Flowers, Vegetable, fresh fruits or dried fruits, nuts and cut flowers
For importing vegetables, fresh fruits or dried fruits, nuts, and cut flowers a Phytosanitary certificate is required; which is obtained from the country of origin.
For more details about this certification please contact the ministry of agriculture www.moa.pna.ps

 

2. Livestock (livestock and Frozen meat)
The following certifications are required when importing frozen meat, cattle, hides and animal parts, and can be obtained from the country of origin:
o Sanitary Certifications; it is a certification from the country of origin which states that the product is suitable for human consumptions.
o Veterinary Certificate, it is required for all kinds of animal products including live animals, this certificate is obtained from the country of origin and certifies that the animals have not been infected by any diseases for a certain number of months.

 

Pharmaceutical products

Import license for pharmaceutical products
Requirements for importing Pharmaceutical products are as follows:

 

It should also be known that the only pharmaceutical raw materials permitted to enter into Palestine are those not subject of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection until the importer obtain a permit from the Israeli agent of the IPR owner according to WTO and GATT rules.
Refer to www.moh.gov.il and www.moh.ps for more details.


Agricultural Products

 

Import license for agricultural products
Requirements for importing agricultural products are as follows:

Other Requirements:


- The products should be labeled and marked according to the Palestinian specifications.


- Issuance of a sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) certificate

 

- A Non-Pesticide Certificate indicating than any residual pesticides are within the allowed limits;


- A Packaging Materials Certificate including a statement that the material used for cleaning, packing and packaging of the products do not present environmental or health risks

 

1. Importing Pesticides products:


The following procedure and regulations are applied when imports of the Pesticides:


o The imported Pesticides should be allowed by Israel for use in the Palestinian territories.


o The importer should prepare all needed the forms and documents by the ministry of agriculture.


Note: the amount to be imported by the Palestinian market should be less than the amount imported by the Israeli market.


For more details about those Pesticides lists and documents contact the Palestinian ministry of agriculture www.moa.pna.ps.

 

2. Importing Seeds and other plants materials:


The following procedures are applied for the imports of the seeds and other plants materials:


- A license for importing these materials should be obtained from the protection of plant Directorate.
- The imported seeds should comply with a set of conditions imposed by the Israeli government, these conditions are subject to change for more details about these condition refer to the Palestinian ministry of agriculture www.moa.pna.ps.
- For importing plant materials the importer should obtain the approval of the Department of Plant Protection.

 

Importing Agricultural Machines and Equipments:


Importer should refer to the Palestinian Ministry of Transport and Communications, in order to ensure the conformity of these equipments and machines with the tariff issued by Israel.


Vehicles


1. Importing New cars


Requirements:
The importer should:


o Be the owner of a service garage center subject of a license according to law and registered in his name and run by him (on behalf of the agency orcompany)


o Have a marketing network and maintenance services, as determined by the PA


o Provide an acceptable guarantee to the appropriate authority that ensures the proper implementation of the importer warranties pursuant the applicable laws and standards.


- An import license authenticated by MNE is necessary to import new vehicles in Palestine. The importing agency should be registered at the MNE (as a brand name), have obtained a FTDR (Form no 6) and have an agreement for sale of vehicles. The imported vehicle should meet the requirements of any legislation then in force

- A written statement/commitment must be provided by the producer to provide the imported vehicles with the vehicle spare parts for at least seven years from the date of sale to the consumer

- An undertaking must be provided that the vehicle will receive the required service for at least seven years fromthe date of sale to the consumer

- The vehicle specifications, catalogues, manuals and any maintenance requirements of specific imported vehicles

- A security clearance certificate

- Two copies of the preparatory vehicle invoice

- Two copies the vehicle license

- A copy of the technical data of the vehicle (specifications)

- Primary invoices for the number of cars should be provided.

Relevant Institutions:

- department of import, Ministry of Transport and Communications

- the import application should be authenticated by the Ministry of National Economy

Cost: Free of Charge

Time Frame: Delay may change for a variety of reasons (i.e. congestion, document error, customs clearance agent error, etc.)

2. Used Cars:

Requirements:


- The vehicles dealer should have a FTDR and be registered on the list of importers of used vehicles.


- The importer should be registered in both ministries (ministry of national economy and the ministry of transportations).


- The importer should be the holder of a Palestinian identification card, have a licensed vehicles exhibition showroom and obtain security clearance certificate from the Ministry of the Interior.


- The importer should have an agreement with a garage to organize the maintenance of the vehicle(s).


- Import license application with technical data (specifications) for each vehicle, signed and sealed by the importer. Import license form no. 10.


- The import application should be authenticated by the Ministry of National Economy.

- A clear copy of the last vehicle license.

- A copy of the preparatory vehicle invoice.

For more details see the website of the ministry of transportation www.mot.gov.ps


Relevant Institutions
Department of import, Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Cost: Free of charge.


3. Car Spar Parts:

 

The requirements of importing cars spar parts are as follows:

- The importer should hold an import license for spare parts from the ministry of national economy.

- Submit primary invoices for the needed parts.

- Spar part catalog (might not be needed).

- When importing new spar parts, prototype should be imported in order to be tested by the Israeli standards Institute using the same methodology as in the import of electrical and electronic devices.

Note: for imports of the cars for the agriculture purposes, the importers should take the approval from the ministry of agriculture first.

For more details about the import of cars please contact the ministry of transportations www.mot.gov.ps
To transfer vehicles from Israel, forms from 11 to 13 should be used.

 

Chemicals Materials

 

Requirements:

- Environmental permits are required for all chemical and raw materials.

- The application for an environmental permit is available at the Environmental

- Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

- The application must be approved by the Israeli Ministry of Environment.

- The certificate of analysis and the pro-forma invoice of the imported goods must be attached to the application.

Cost: Free of charge

Time frame for approval: About 5 days

 

Products Under Quotas and Lists

 

Requirements:


- An import license is necessary for commodities subject to quota. The completed import license application must be for the quantity granted by the Quota Committee and be accompanied by an undertaking that the commodity will be sold only in Palestine.

- Certain commodities require pre-approval by the Palestinian Standards Institute pursuant to the Israeli standards and quality requirements in accordance with the PP, a sanitary and inspection certificate as applicable, a copy of the marking and labeling in compliance with applicable Palestinian requirements and a Certificate of Origin.

- A VAT discharge.

- A purchase invoice.

- Conformity to Standards Certificate from the country of origin.

- The importer should be a member in the chambers of commerce

- Valid factory license (only valid for factories)

- Specifications certificates (certificate of origin)

- Commitment to bring the spare parts for at least three years (only for electrical and electronic equipments)

- Auditors certificates (only for the industrial milk)

- All needed documents for imports like (health certificate, invoices, certificate of origin, … etc)

- Customs details for previous shipments (Quotas Shipment).

- VET certificate from the ministry of agriculture for meat import only.

For more details about the quotas regulations, quantities, needed documents, needed inspections, … etc. contact the directorate of Trade, Industries and Customers Services, Palestinian Ministry of National Economy. www.mne.gov.ps


Relevant Institutions:


- Ministry of National Economy,
- Quota Committee


Cost: Free of charge

 

Time Frame:


- one week to complete the MNE procedures
- undefined timeframe for corresponding process at Israeli Civil Administration (Beit Eil)

 

Standards Approvals


The Palestinian Authority (PA) under the Paris Protocol (PP) has agreed to implement Israeli import taxes, commodity quotas and product standards on the majority of imports to Palestine. However, the PA maintains the right to decide the level of import taxes for a limited set of items contained in the lists below:

- Lists A1(certain items imported from Jordan and Egypt),

- A2(certain items imported from other Arab and Islamic countries) and;

- List B (raw materials and machinery) the PA can decide the level of import taxes but applies the same Israeli standards.

It should be mentioned that the PA applies its level of import taxes in case of list A1 and A2 only for a specified quantity, in case of exceeding this quantity the Israeli standards will be applied to the additional quantity.

Also it should be mentioned that in addition to the mandatory standards with which the importer must comply for entry into Palestine, there may be additional certificates such as the ISO 9000 & ISO 9001 requested by the exporting country.
The Israeli tariff schedule is the official reference guide indicating which standards are applicable for a specific product by an “S” designator. The products are divided into four categories according to the extent to which products are a danger to health or other considerations, and which standard is applicable.


Product testing by the Israeli Standard Institute (ISI) falls into two categories:


1. The Model Test


Is a test conducted by the Israeli Standards Institute for a sample item of a shipment prior to its arrival. In case the item passes the test a model certificate is issued, If not the ISI may seek the co-operation of the Palestinian Standard Institute (PSI). In this case the following procedure applies:


- The importer pays a bank guarantee equal to the value of the goods to an Israeli bank to release the shipment. The best source of information concerning the bank guarantee is the customs agent.


- The importer files a Notice of Shipments’ Clearance/Imported Shipment form as a notification that the shipment has been released by the Israelis and is in a warehouse.
The importer files a notarized Application for Imports’ Conformity form at the PSI and pays a 100 NIS fee.


- The importer then brings the shipment into compliance and applies to the PSI to have the correction verified.


- The PSI conducts tests to verify the correction and the importer pays a 120 NIS fee and an additional 50 NIS for the transportation of the PSI employees.

- The importer files a Permit to Market Import Goods for PSI approval.

- The PSI coordinate with the Ministry of national economy to gain Israeli Civil Administration (Beit Eil) approval to release the bank guarantee.

- The importer should not market the goods until the PSI grants approval for the shipment.

 

The duration of the Modal test can range from one month to one year depending on the type of product. The fees paid depend on the type of product and the type of tests conducted and cannot be determined within the scope of this guide. Palestinian traders can ask for quotation for product test. For example, for bicycles, the amount of the product test is 8025 NIS.


If the importer presents a CB certificate (a Certification Body certificate which is an international test report), there will be no need for an ISI model test. However the ISI will verify the certificate and if there is a successful verification, the shipment is released. This process typically takes ten days.


2. The Prototype Test
In order to process a product with a prototype test, the importer or their agent provides the ISI with a sample of the product and accompanying background material such as catalogues and manuals, product description and operation instructions, despite the fact that a sample is pre-tested, on arrival the goods might be rechecked by partial re-testing.