Israel - Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

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Israeli importers face two main considerations when selecting a particular product - quality and price. In the price range, American products are not always attractive, due to the high production costs in the U.S., and high transportation costs to Israel, relative to suppliers from near-by Europe and the Mediterranean basin. Transport costs from the United States are about the same as transportation costs from the Far East. From Europe, the costs are significantly lower, not to mention even closer countries such as Turkey, which competes with the United States for imports of dried fruit and nuts into Israel. The problem of transportation costs is less crucial when dealing with expensive products and materials, or with products with very high value-to-volume ratios such as spices, essences, flavorings, concentrates etc. The problem is also partially resolved when dealing with products that are eligible for tariff preferences as imports from the United States. This partially compensates for the high transport costs. US goods enjoy a 10-22 percent tariff advantage over European and third-world country suppliers on a broad range of processed and Semi-processed foodstuffs.

Gilad Shachar