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Shipping Service to Israel

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If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced international shipping service to Israel, you’ve come to the right place.

Since 1977, we’ve made thousands of clients happy, by shipping their personal belongings to numerous Israeli destinations.

With 5 locations here in the U.S. you can be sure that no matter where you’re located, we can offer you door to door service for your belongings and get them to where they need to go... stress free.

Are you interested to find out how much it costs to ship household goods or vehicles to Israel? If so, fill out our online form or give us a call. We’ll give you the most competitive rate based on your specific needs.

When Shipping to Israel

Regardless of what you need moved, our experienced team can make it happen. We specialize in shipping:

  • Household goods and other personal effects
  • Automobiles and motorcycles
  • Trucks and machinery
  • Motorhomes and RVs
  • Equipment
  • Specialty goods

If you have an item you are unsure about, or want to know whether it can be imported at all, call one of our specialists at (562) 408-6677.

Depending on what you are shipping to Israel, be it automobiles, household goods or a combination of both, there are different methods for transporting your cargo.

Methods of Transport:

The two most common methods for international shipments via ocean are Ro-Ro(vehicles only) and containerized shipments.

With our shipping services to Israel, both options are available. With Ro-Ro, your vehicle will actually be rolled into the hull of a cargo ship where it’s then braced and secured.

We recommend using our consolidated container services for the majority of our shipments to Haifa from the U.S.

This method allows, in most cases, for both household goods and vehicles to be shipped together, cutting down your costs.

Lastly, you can also use an airfreight service if a speedy delivery is required but you can expect to pay much more than if you are shipping your goods to Israel via container.

So if time is of the essence and money is not an issue, ask for our airfreight department and they’ll send you more information.

Our Services to Israel

When shipping with us, we cover everything on the export side including domestic pickup and transport of your goods, documentation, full dock receipt and inspection, online tracking and U.S. customs clearance.

Once your shipment arrives, there will be destination fees in Haifa which are not included in our quotation. However, our destination agents will gladly help with clearing Israeli customs for an additional fee.

Shipping Information and Documents for Israel

Missing or incorrect documentation can result in long delays and additional costs, which is why we make sure that we have all the necessary documentation before your goods depart.

The exact forms and regulatory documents needed will depend on what is being imported; however here are the most important.

  • Passport and residence permit
  • Letter authorizing destination agents to clear shipment
  • Bill of lading
  • Detailed inventory both in English and Hebrew
  • Power of attorney

Port of Entry: Haifa

Major Cities and Popular Destinations:  

  • Jerusalem
  • Haifa
  • Tel Aviv
  • Ashdod
  • Rishon LeZion
  • Beersheba
  • Holon

Selecting a port of departure in the U.S. will depend on the specific needs of the shipper but the best route will always be suggested based on consolidation, steam ship routes and other factors.

Ideally, shipments to Israel will depart from one of our shipping locations on the east coast: New York, Savannah or Miami.

Those using our port to port shipping service to Israel will have their belongings delivered to Haifa, where our port of entry is located.

From there, further transport can be arranged if needed. Be sure to let your sales representative know if you are looking to move your automobile or other cargo to a different final destination.

Important Information

Like many other countries, you will need to be present for the goods to be cleared through customs.

There are certain instances where those with temporary residency may be allowed a duty free import. It doesn’t apply to vehicles however.

For other types of household goods and personal effects to qualify, they must be owned by the shipper and the shipper must have lived outside of Israel at their previous residence for at least a year.

*It’s very important when shipping to Israel to make sure that you have a certificate of origin for items on your inventory where possible as it will affect the rate.

For instance, there’s a 14% difference in the duty rate for strollers depending on whether you have a certificate of origin or not. More information on Israeli customs and tariffs can be found here.

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo to Israel?

The time frame for shipping to Israel depends on the method used, type of goods/vehicles, departure port, etc.

When using our consolidated container shipping services to Israel, the container will not leave until it’s been filled.

So it may take slightly longer before your goods leave than if you were to purchase an individual container and ship this way.

Once a container is prepared and loaded, your personal effects or other cargo will be on the water for up to 4-6 weeks.

If you have specific time frames, let your specialist know and we’ll work together to deliver the best options.

Written by Martyn Cohen

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