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Importing a Car

Importing a car is a complicated process to figure out on your own as Israel has many regulations.  We know all of them and will guide you through the process while safely delivering your car to Israel.  Regardless of where your car was manufactured, every vehicle must meet US standards, and since Israel only allows specific models to be imported, we will help you determine if yours is on the list.  You will need a letter from a local commercial importer, or a qualified garage stating that they are able to provide maintenance services and original spare parts for the vehicle.

Most vehicles are shipped in containers. They can be shipped in the same containers as household goods. A supporting wall is constructed around and sometimes on top of the vehicle to ensure that the vehicle is secured strongly in place. At the time of clearing, the vehicle is taken out of the container and cleared separately.

You must have an Israeli drivers license, as well as a license from your original country that must be valid for at least the past 3 years.  The speedometer of your car must be in kilometers and not in miles and the vehicle signals must be adjusted to the European code. Your car must be used for domestic use and you must have a clear title to the vehicle. If there is any controversy regarding ownership, the vehicle will be held in customs until the title issue is resolved. 

Most marine policies require that a statement of condition be signed by both the packers and the customer. Some insurance companies will not allow you to insure used vehicles except in cases of total loss.

Olim are entitled to import a car at a reduced tax rate of 50%. In addition to the car tax, one must pay VAT on the final value of the car. The calculation is done as follows:

Car tax = [vehicle value *50%]

VAT = [vehicle value + car tax)] *17% 

The time frame for using this benefit is three years from your date of Aliyah. This benefit includes a motorcycle, passenger car = a vehicle designed for passengers transportation of class M1 or, M2 type, as defined in Article 271A of the Israeli Traffic Regulations, of weight not exceeding 3500 kg. Vehicle and import documents must all be under the Oleh’s name. The imported vehicle will be for personal use of the Oleh and their spouse. This limitation will remain in effect for 4 years from the date of import.


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Moving Tips

1. Don't pack away your keys
2. Don't pack away your plane tickets
3. Label any box you need immediately "Open First" 
4.  Notify the utility companies about when to connect and disconnect power, cable, telephone etc.
5.  Notify the post office to route your mail to your new location
6.  Send change of address cards to friends and family 
7. Keep out some pet food handy for your pets 
8. Don't forget about your garden furniture or items in the yard 
9. Take a last look around when the movers have completed loading the truck at the pickup site
10.  Familiariaze yourself with local hospitals, urgent care facilities and pizza delivery restaurants!

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