Moving To Israel Overseas Shipping


A Full Guide on moving to Israel: SHIPPING TO ISRAEL
For more info about “Toshav Hozer”: TOSHAV HOZER
For more info about “Aliyah”: ALIYAH – OLEH HADASH


Firearms, explosives and dangerous chemicals.



Documents required:

  • Valid passport.
  • Inventory + insurance list.
  • Invoices.
  • Contract for apartment.
  • New immigrant booklet “teudat oleh”, or A-1 Visa stamp

Declaration + power of attorney for customs to be prepared and signed at the d/s agent’s office.


  • Shipper allowed 3 shipments within 3 years of entry date in the “teudat oleh”.
  • Shipment to arrive from last country of residence during the last year.

Lease for a flat for a minimum of 1 year.

Car + professional tools not to be counted within the 3 shipments.
All personal and house hold goods allowed free – electrical appliances – one of each. Fax machine subject to duty, building supplies i.e. sinks, taps, tiles, wall to wall carpeting etc. proof of ownership on residence and size of residence – all subject to duty.


Documents required:

  • Valid passport.
  • Inventory + insurance list.
  • Invoices.
  • Contract for apartment.
  • Passports must be signed by customs authorities confirming ‘returning Israeli rights’.
  • Declaration + power of attorney for customs to be prepared and signed at the d/s agent’s office.


Documents required:

  • Valid passport.
  • Inventory + insurance list.
  • Invoices.
  • Contract for apartment.
  • Official documents regarding his studies in a certified institute of education only 18 months stay out of Israel.
  • Passports must be signed by customs authorities confirming ‘returning student rights’.
  • Declaration + power of attorney for customs to be prepared and signed at the d/s agent’s office.


  • 2 full years stay out of Israel.
  • Two shipments from 2 different countries allowed.
  • Goods should arrive within 9 months of shipper’s entry into Israel.


Air conditioner, piano organ, fax, car radio, carpets, BBQ, building supplies i.e. sinks, taps, tiles, wall to wall carpeting etc. proof of ownership on residence and size of residence, dryer, lawn mower, steam vent, video camera, deep freezer, DVD, telephones – all subject to duties. T.V. restricted to 29″ only


Documents required:

  • Valid passport.
  • Inventory + insurance list.
  • Invoices.
  • Contract for apartment.
  • B-1 must be stamped in passport.
  • Letter from Israeli employer.
  • Declaration + power of attorney for customs to be prepared and signed at the d/s agent’s office.


There are some specific conditions for B-1 visa holders (=bureaucracy of customs authorities and high duty fees in Israel).


When the packers come to pack your goods, you must make sure that they get a full and detailed list of every item you are bringing, especially any electronic equipment or appliances.

For each electronic item please inform the following:

  • the make, model & serial no. of the item.
  • How many years you have been using it.
  • Include all small items (walkmans, coffee makers etc.) on the list.

Please itemize all furniture as well as makes and sizes of rugs.
Your company will have to put up a bank guarantee, covering the duty taxes for the above, until the items are re-exported from Israel, at the end of the assignment.
The customs agent in Israel must have this detailed information from you to be able to clear your goods from customs. NO DOUBLE ELECTRICAL ITEMS allowed tax free
– You may import duty free (covered by the bank guarantee) only one of each electrical item.

You may import more than one item, but the additional item is subject to full duty taxes – make sure you have in your possession all pertaining invoices, full details of the make, date of purchase, model number. Thus we can obtain for you a devaluated basis for the customs authorities.



The duties for alcoholic beverages are as follows:

– Wine 160%
– Other 300%

In addition, it is impossible to c/clear a large amount of liquor through customs, and Ocean Co. will not be responsible for any delays or costs arising from the entire shipment held-up by customs, due to the presence of liquors in the shipment. (Up to 12 bottles preferably assorted)


Please remember that whatever you bring into Israel will have to be re-exported out of Israel at the end of your assignment, otherwise the bond you paid will not be refunded.
Any item left in Israel is subject to customs duties.


You may bring in electrical items up to the amount of US$ 200.-/person (no item should excess US$200.-).
Random inspections are being performed by Customs Authorities.
You should pass the green line when you have nothing to declare.
You should pass through the red line when you have anything to declare.


Please remember that your local agent is able to clear your goods from customs only after you have submitted application for the work permit, or with a B-1 visa stamped in your passport. Air / Surface not to arrive before shipper and settlement of b-1 issue.


A random physical customs inspection should be taken into consideration prior to customs Clearance.
We will need 4 working days for customs clearance and delivery, after vessel’s arrival and pending receipt of relevant documents including original bank guarantee.



We can do a preliminary check to see whether the vehicle is listed in the customs book, in order to do so we need a copy of the car license and invoice of purchase. If it is listed, the following documentation needs to be presented at release.

It is possible to import a tax-exempt car into Israel for a 6 months period.

Car owner must be present during customs clearance.

Documents required:

Valid passport, original driving license, insurance policy, original car registration permit, letter from employer certifying that car owner is employed by him in Israel.
Upon 6-months-period expiry, car owner together with his employer, are entitled to apply for additional 6 months period extension.
In case the extension is approved, car owner is required to deposit a bank-guarantee at customs authorities, covering the full amount of car-taxes due in Israel.
Upon completion of one-year-stay in Israel, car owner has 3 options:

  1. Exporting the car.
  2. Temporary Export: The car and the owner must leave Israel for a period of 3 months. Then, return with the car and start the same tax-exempt procedure.
  3. Pay full taxes due, thus entitled to sell the car in Israel – provided the car complies with the Israeli applicable standards and the car’s manufacture date does not exceed 4 years upon payment day. The customs authorities calculate the taxes based on the local price list and additions for accessories and extras such as special tyres etc.


Needs bank guarantee or bank valid for the period of stay in the country. All goods must be exported when B-1 visa expires.

Only one of each electrical appliance otherwise subject to duty


Documents required:

  • Valid passport.
  • Inventory + insurance list.
  • Invoices.
  • Contract for apartment.
  • A-3 must be stamped in passport.
  • Letter from place of service.
  • Letter of guarantee or bank bond.
  • Declaration + power of attorney for customs to be prepared and signed at the d/s agent’s office.


Documents required:

  • Packing list.
  • Valued insurance list.
  • Invoices.


All subject to customs. No duty free rights.


Documents required:

  • Inventory list.
  • Original Bill of Lading – should indicate EmbassyConsulateUN Organization name as well as shippers name
  • Power of Attorney for customs
  • Letter from Chief signed by the Israeli Foreign Affairs must be issued for release of vehicle

The aforementioned documents, should be endorsed and stamped by the embassyconsulateun organization, and thereafter, should be stamped by the Israeli Customs Authorities and returned to Ocean Co. Ltd.



    • Passport number & name of the diplomat should appear on the exemption form.
    • Kindly issue a declaration for customs purposes, that no vehicle or firearms/weapons, whatsoever, are packed in this shipment.
    • If a vehicle is included in the shipment, the type of vehicle & the chassis number should be listed on the bill of lading. A separate tax exemption should be issued by the consulateun organization

Important: This information is intended for general guidance. Orbit International Logistics LTD. cannot however take responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. As such it is advisable to contact the nearest Israeli customs office for full and current information prior to importation.


Click Here to get a “Declaration of Personal Imports of Goods” Form.
Click Here to get a “Power of Attorney” Form.

Will I pay taxes and duties on some items:

Generally, a person who is making Aliyah or returning to Israel after being away from over 2 years, is allowed to bring a shipment of personal effects duty free.
there are some restrictions and yon need to verify that these rights will be given to you by the local Israeli consulate.

Improved Customs Rights for New Immigrants (Olim Hadashim) and Returning residents (Toshavim Hozerim)

The following items, which were not previously exempt from taxes, are now tax exempt (for Olim and Toshvim Hozrim):

      • Indoor exercise equipment (Treadmills, Exercise Bicycles)
      • Camping Equipment
      • One of each of small household electronics
      • Two Air Conditioners
      • Television
      • Games (x-Box, etc…)
      • One Fax Machine
      • Outdoor (Garden) Furniture / Patio Swings

Please note: the following items are not tax exempt and are still taxable:

  • Outdoor goods, like storage sheds, swimming pools, et.
  • Garbage disposals.

Changes in Toshvim Hozrim Rights and Status

Toshavim Hozerim who arrive in Israel on or after 1 October 2012, will no longer receive a discount for importing or buying a new car.

As of 1 October 2012, there will only be one status for Toshavim Hozerim who return after more than 2 years with rights similar to olim chadashim with the following differences:

  • Two shipments of household goods can be imported within 9 months of arrival in Israel.
  • No discount on taxes for vehicle.
  • DO NOT SHIP BBQ (Gas Grill / Gas Barbecue) . they are not allowed any longer to be imported by individuales due to a restriction by the “Machon Hatekanim” – Israeli standards authority.
  • Importing bycicles is not a target fo customs examination in Israel

Moving to Israel

When moving from Canada to Israel it is very important to choose the best overseas moving company. Orbit International Moving Logistics is the best international moving company in Canada. With our extensive experience with international relocations to Israel, Orbit International Moving Logistics can offer you and your family, valuable insights about you’re moving to Israel and finding the right international relocation companies and choosing the best international moving service overseas moving companies. We have listed below helpful ideas and tips that can help you plan you’re moving to Israel. Shall you prefer to talk with an International moving consultant, please call  (416) 661-4228.

The Best Overseas Moving Companies:

There are many overseas moving companies who claim to be the best mover and best relocation company in the country. Of course this cannot be true because then, all the international shipping companies would be the best.

To help determine which overseas moving company is right for you, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd has gathered some vital points for you to consider.

  1. The best tip – a recommendation from a friend.
  2. Research the overseas moving companies you are considering. Check if they are licensed to export and import.
  3. Make sure that you are performing an equal comparison between the quotes of the various companies. You compare international relocation rates from the overseas moving companies based on shipping an equal volume of goods and contracting the same exact shipping service on the same dates. Pay special attention to the “EXCLUDES” of each quote to insure that you are not overlooking any hidden fees.
  4. Check the overseas moving company’s referrals and reputation. Ask each company for testimonials from past clients. A reputable overseas moving company should have some for you to review.
  5. Visit the physical office of the overseas moving company you are considering. Never trust an international moving company without a physical address!. In this day and age anyone can have an office in their basement.
  6. Make sure that the overseas shipping company you choose has reputable overseas forwarding agents who can assist you in the same manner that you are getting from the company moving you from Canada.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was established by 2 long time family friends who had experienced moves with mixes results. However, none have satisfied the quality of service needed during such an emotional and straining event. We have extensive experience relocating customers worldwide by Ocean Freight and Air Cargo as we are an international shipper. Our rates are always All-inclusive. What sets us apart is the level of service we offer our customers.  We provide free, no-obligation estimates, listen to your concerns, and find the solutions best suited to meeting your removal and relocation needs – whether you’re moving your family.(i.e. door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.) We offer free consultations with one of our relocation specialist and assist you in planning moving to Israel and choosing the right overseas moving services.

List of Israeli Consulates in Canada:

Embassy of Israel in Ottawa, Canada
50 O’Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6L2
City: Ottawa
Phone: (613) 567-6450
Fax: (613) 567-9878
Web Site:
Office Hours: 10:00 – 13:00

Consulate General of Israel in Quebec, Canada
Suite 2620
1155 Boul. René Lévesque Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
City: Quebec
Phone: (514) 940-8525
Fax: (514) 940-8510
Web Site:
Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (except national and Jewish holidays)

Consulate General of Israel in Toronto, Canada
180 Bloor Street,
West, Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2V6
City: Toronto
Phone: (416) 640 8500
Fax: (416) 640 8555
Web Site: