Internal Commercial Crossings

 

Between West Bank and Israel, there are four commercial crossings: Tarqumia, Betunia, Sha’ar Ephraim and AL Jalameh.

 

 

Good imported into Palestinian territory either from international markets or Israeli market, should cross through one of the internal crossing points. The following are the applied procedures for goods exchange at these crossings.

 

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 the 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. Perform the VAT-customs check, and security inspection.

2. The driver is subject to physical security check at the crossing entrance gate, 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. Following inspections, the truck is allowed to enter the exchange area and the shipment is transferred from the Israeli truck and allowed to enter and resume its journey to West Bank.

Mobile X-ray inspection unit

Bulk, Pallet,

Crossing Point Authority

 

Shipment containers

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

 

Back-to-back system for Palestinian Trucks

§ There is currently no registration for Palestinian truckers.

§ Betunia is run by the Israeli Police and does not have scanners. All cargo is subject to manual inspection by soldiers and, in some cases, by sniffing dogs.

 

 

Manual inspection and sniffing dos

2 filter (for Israeli trucks) chambers;

Back-2-back ramp;

Aggregate

platform,

Silo

 

Pallets, Bulk, Containers

 

Israeli Policy

 

Pallets above 1.6m high

 

Door-to-door delivery for Israeli Trucks

 

Customs, Agricultural office,

DCO, Border Patrol, dog

trainers, porters

 

 

 

 

Taybeh Crossing

West of Tulkarm (about 2 km from city center)

Back-to-back system.

1. Upon arrival at the 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. Perform the VAT-customs check, and security inspection.

2. The driver is subject to physical security check at the crossing entrance gate, 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. Following inspections, the truck is allowed to enter the exchange area and the shipment is transferred from the Israeli truck and allowed to enter and resume its journey to West Bank.

 

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 the 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. Perform the VAT-customs check, and security inspection.

2. The driver is subject to physical security check at the crossing entrance gate, 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. Following inspections, the truck is allowed to enter the exchange area and the shipment is transferred from the Israeli truck and allowed to enter and resume its journey to West Bank.

 

Two X-ray scanning machines, with a capacity of 5 trucks simultaneously 

Pallets, bulk, containers (only for stone shipment)

Crossing Point Authority

 

Iron waste