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The Introduction of a New Customs Export System and the Extension of the Validity of Temporary Orders regarding Customs Duties Reductions

2 January 2023

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We would like to bring to your attention the latest updates published by the Israeli Tax Authority regarding the introduction of a new customs export system and the extension to 15 February 2023 of the validity of temporary orders that reduce the duties on various products.

The Extension of the Validity of Temporary Orders regarding Customs Duties Reductions

As part of the government’s plan in 2022 to combat the expensive cost of living in Israel, it enacted many temporary orders that reduced duties on various products until 31 December 2022.

Due to the elections and the swearing-in of the new Knesset and based on Section 38 of the Basic Law: the Knesset, the validity of the temporary orders, which were due to expire on 31 December 2022, has been extended until 15 February 2023. Therefore, the extensive tariff reductions applying to various products, including the following, will remain in effect: food products such as vegetables, honey, butter, oils, cheeses, and eggs; textile accessories; furniture; electronic buses; plastic parts designated for domestic water purifying machines; and all products classified in Chapters 25-50 (except for Chapter 35 and HS codes 39.19 and 39.20.2000) and Chapters 57-97 of the Tariff Order.

For the full list of relevant temporary orders >> click here

The Introduction of a New Customs Export System

A new “Global Gate Export” system is expected to be introduced on 15 January 2023. The new system is expected to optimize the export processes and reduce the release period. As part of the introduction, the Foreign Trade Export system will be shut down from 10 January 2023, and the Global Gate Import system will be shut down from 12 January 2023.

For the Tax Authority procedure regarding the shutdowns>> click here

Due to the said shutdowns, the validity of import licenses, issued by the Ministries of Economy and Agriculture, has been extended from 31 December 2022 until 17 January 2023.

As with the Global Gate Import system, exporters will be required to complete and sign online a power of attorney, authorizing a customs agent.

In addition, it will be possible in the new system to submit applications for the status of “Approved Exporter” and to receive approval to join the “Direct Loading” process, which is a process enabling the rapid release of goods before they reach the storage site by submitting an export declaration with estimated data, which the exporter will subsequently update.

We recommend that before the introduction of the new system, you prepare for the shutdown of the customs systems and complete the aforesaid power of attorney in order to ensure the continuity of work and prevent delays.

In addition, please note that the Tax Authority has cancelled the requirement to submit an exporter’s affidavit.

For the relevant Q&A document published by the Tax Authority>> click here

We are in continuous contact with the Tax Authority and will be very happy to remain at your service and assist in any way required.

Best regards,

Herzog Fox Neeman

Meir Linzen | Chairman
Chairman of the firm and Head of Tax
Iris Weinberger | Partner
Moti Fogel | Partner
Rotem Dahan | Associate
Tax Departmentdahanro@herzoglaw.


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