Q. If U.S. exports do not receive duty-free treatment under the U.S.-Israel free trade agreement, does the Israeli government still require the exporter to issue a standard certificate of origin to accompany each shipment, or is the trade bill sufficient? Israel continues to revise its standards regime to significantly increase the recognition of standards of internationally recognized standards bodies, including U.S. standards. The 2014 Israeli Law facilitated the importation into Israel of a wide range of U.S. products and adopted more than 30 international standards developed by the developing U.S. standards. In 2017, the United States and Israel agreed to introduce new procedures that make it easier for exporters to obtain authorizations when claiming duty-free status under the free trade agreement for individual products. This new declaration must be signed by the exporter or manufacturer of the products, depending on whether it is possible to prove that the goods are duty-free in accordance with the terms of the agreement. For more information on this amendment and on the full text of the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement, see the U.S. trade agreement compliance website.
Shipping Solutions has added a new version of the commercial invoice that includes this new statement in export documentation and compliance software. Click here to sign up for a free online demonstration of the shipping solutions software. Q. If a mailer contains several items, some of which meet the original criteria and others do not, is it possible to adapt the language of the billing statement to indicate which positions have been confirmed on the invoice in order to comply with the rules of origin (instead of the invoice statement covering all the products listed in this document)? Any preferential rights under the Israeli free trade agreement must demonstrate that the products comply with the original and shipping requirements of the free trade agreement. Israeli customs authorities may initiate a U.S. content verification investigation if they have a reason to question the accuracy of a U.S. claim in the filing of the invoice and/or when they decide to randomly verify its contents. In order to avoid a lengthy verification of the contents and possible delays in goods arriving in Israel, it is recommended that U.S. exporters carefully review and understand the rules of origin before signing the invoice statement (see “Origin Determination Rules” on page 1). On May 10, 2017, the governments of Israel and the United States amended the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement (ILFTA) to remove the certificate of origin requirement for exports to Israel in favor of a declaration on the invoice. This simplification came into effect on January 10, 2018 and is linked to a release date of June 30, 2018. Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers on account reporting procedures for Israeli customs.
The information presented in this FAQ will serve as a general guide. Only the text of the treaty and the customs provisions adopted for the implementation of the agreement are final. In the event of complex issues or interpretation, U.S. exporters should seek the assistance of a lawyer or a preliminary decision of the Israeli Customs Administration. 6. In cases where goods are transferred to distribution warehouses and the transaction invoice is issued by a U.S. or intermediary agency, please include in the U.S. “INVOICE DECLARATION” document the list of origin products eligible for a tariff preference.
The Joint Committee between the United States and Israel (JC) is the central oversight body for the free trade agreement. At its last meeting in February 2016, the JC discussed possible new cooperation efforts to increase bilateral trade and bilateral investment. During the meeting, the United States and Israel noted progress in reviewing a