Setting up the Customs file
According to the information provided by the import license (returning citizen and current resident) or the instruction of the supervisor of standards at Ministry of Transport (New Jewish Immigrant) we will prepare the Rikhbit file to customs, which includes the Green Grade and Pollution Level of the vehicle. Please note the entire calculation of any discount in affect or luxury tax is done solely by Customs computer. We are simply entering the plain data from the vehicle documents.
Final update for the file can only occur when vessel has docked and the car was offloaded from the vessel (in Ro-Ro vessels) or at the terminal (if arrived in a container). We are unable to submit a file to Customs before the car is at the port/terminal and the port/terminal transmit “available” message to Customs.
If the amount of taxes & duties to be paid to Customs exceeds ILS 50,000, the importer must wire the amount directly to Custom using an RTGB wire (not a regular one). Your Import move coordinator will provide the bank details of Customs ahead of time along with a draft import entry showing the amount of money to wire.
Customs handling during the clearance process
Every clearance of vehicle in Israeli ports is subject to a process called “documents analysis” in which the officer in charge checks carefully all documents required and also request a Customs inspection to verify the VIN number to the documents, as well as make sure no unallowed add-ons were installed in the vehicle.
In case of concerns about the documents, the officer will request additional information. It is important to reply to their request as quickly as possible.
In some cases, if the documents and/or the information in the documents is not sufficient to determine that the declared value is realistic, Customs reserve the right to request an appraiser to estimate the car’s value. The appraiser is a certified one, appointed by Customs. If the appraiser estimates the vehicle in a higher value, Customs will issue a payment order for the balance of the duties/taxes. It’s important to know that Customs have many tools to verify values of vehicles, and they are using it often in order to support their decision to overrule the declared value.
On average, customs clearance process takes 1-3 Weeks. On extreme cases, when the authorities are slow, it we have seen situations where the clearance has taken up to 6 Weeks. Any dispute over the documents and/or appraiser check could and will prolong the process. The appraiser does not visit the port daily, and filing the report could take up to 3 business days.
Once the vehicle is cleared
Phase 1- registration process
The move coordinator will send you the entry form with the title “Cleared”. Importer must go with the file and original ID Card to the nearest branch of Misrad Ha’Rishuy (DMV) in order to register the car and obtain a temporary title. Import will be required to:
- Pay the title fees;
- Obtain yellow license plates (front and rear);
- Issue mandatory insurance coverage.
Phase 2-collecting the vehicle from port
Once Phase 1 is complete, importer can go to Our agent’s office in Israel and get the delivery note and gatepass in order to pick up the car from port/terminal. Once vehicle is collected you:
- Must go to a certified standardization workshop to perform a conformity check for the car;
- Install “Mobileye” or similar system;
- Contact “Yitzhak Levi Appraisers” to get an appraiser report so you can issue the comprehensive insurance coverage.
Link to certified standardization workshop:
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.