In recent years, the State of Israel has signed a series of trade agreements. The importer of goods from a country with which Israel has signed a trade agreement must verify what “rules of origin” apply – which determine whether the product produced in that country can benefit from the benefits mentioned in the specific trade agreement and what documents are included for the maintenance of the free trade agreement (FTA) provided for in the agreement between Israel and the United States in April 1985. Israel and the United States have reached an agreement to create a free trade area. As part of the agreement, import tariffs between the two countries were phased out. Import duties were completely abolished on 1 January 1995 (the insurance charges – BITHA – are applied to food and agricultural products imported from the United States). Only U.S. products that are imported directly from the United States and have a FORM A certificate of origin are eligible for tariff rebates. Israel-EFTA Free Trade AgreementOn January 1, 1993, a free trade agreement was signed between Israel and EFTA countries, whose import duties on industrial products were immediately abolished. Only products originating in EFTA countries that are imported directly to Israel from EFTA countries and have a EUR1 certificate of origin or an exporter`s declaration certificate are eligible for a customs rebate. The countries covered by the agreement are listed below: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland. Free trade agreement with some countriesKanadaA free trade agreement between Israel and Canada was signed in September 1996 and came into force on January 1, 1997. As a result, chapters 25 to 97 of the tariff were immediately exempted for industrial products, with the exception of a small list of products.
To benefit from the benefits provided by the agreement, a certificate of origin must be attached to the shipment. TurkeyThe trade agreement between Israel and Turkey came into force on 1 May 1997. As part of the agreement, an immediate exemption was granted for industrial imports that complied with the rules of origin and were not mentioned in Schedules 1, 2 and 3 of the agreement. These sensitive products were subject to discounts under a discount schedule that was totally excluded in 2002. The original provisions of the agreement are identical to the original provisions of the agreement between Israel and the EU countries.